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Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 PRO CPU Cooler Review (Page 2)

By Chad Sebring on Feb 24, 2011 11:08 pm CST
Rating: 82%Manufacturer: Arctic Cooling

Specifications, Availability and Pricing


The Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 PRO takes the whole original idea up a full notch. The use of four heat pipes stays the same, as does the use of a copper base. The diameters of the pipes that emanate from the base are increased to 8mm diameter over the 6mm of the previous version. The fins surrounding the pipes are also increased in number to forty-seven aluminum fins that are 0.5mm thick, each. Unlike the original version, the PRO has all of the fins with the same amount of surface area per fin. The Freezer 13 PRO stands almost 160mm tall, but is only 96mm thick, so it should play nice and not cause too many memory clearance issues. All of this combined with a pair of fans made Arctic Cooling list this cooler as capable of handing 300 Watts of CPU power!

Cooling the AC Freezer 13 PRO is a 120mm fan with nine white blades. This fan is attached to a black plastic shroud that clips into a groove on the side of the aluminum fins. This fan is capable of speeds from 300 to 1350 RPM depending on the PWM signal from the motherboard. As far as speeds and noise levels, Arctic Cooling rated these at just less than 50 CFM and 0.4 sone, or roughly 23 dBA. In addition to the 120mm fan pushing through the fins, the Freezer 13 PRO incorporates an additional 50mm fan placed on top of the base. I can tell you that this "Innovative Cross Blow" fan is capable of speeds from 700 to 2700 RPM, again dependant on the PWM signal. I cannot however give you any specs as far as airflow. This is due to the fact that the air flow goes out in all directions. This will not only pre-cool the pipes and base a fair bit, but will also add airflow to the surrounding components on the motherboard.

As I type this I am still uncertain of an actual release to retailer date, but the Freezer 13 PRO has been officially launched so the wait shouldn't be too long. This 300W capable cooler donning two fans in a new configuration, along with a compatibility of all the latest processors, I think the MSRP of $54.90 (39.90EUR) is well within reason for a performance tower cooler. With the word Enthusiast printed right on the front of the packaging, I am expecting good things from this cooler. So let's get to all the action and see how these features are implemented and get on to the testing.

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Chad Sebring


Jumping into computers for just the aspect of gaming is how it all started for me. After a solid year of gaming, I caught the overclocking bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and I have had both air and water setups to tinker with. With a few years of abusing computer parts, I looked for something new. I then decided to take my chances and try to get a review job with a online site. As an avid overclocker, I am always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals technology.

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