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Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 PRO CPU Cooler Review

By Chad Sebring from Feb 24, 2011 @ 23:08 CST
TweakTown Rating: 82%Manufacturer: Arctic Cooling

Final Thoughts


The Freezer 13 PRO does a good job at maintaining average temperatures in our testing, and did so with a super quiet fan, whereas the Jing and Titan had the advantage of a pair of fans. The mounting is super simple and holds the cooler in place securely if installed properly, and if you have any issues a quick glance at the instructions should solve any issues you might be having. The addition of the 50mm Cross Blow fan will add a bit of airflow around the CPU to other components, and the black and white on an aluminum body makes an attractive solution to replace your stock cooler.


I have a few issues with this cooler that may help explain the score you are about to see. While this cooler is marketed to those who are looking for a quiet cooling solution, the word enthusiast on the packaging made me actually look for the definition. So defined, it is anyone who is highly interested in a specific subject. In that case, they win, but I see "enthusiast" as a step above those who are just interested, as in informed buyer and builder of their own PCs. In this case, the Freezer 13 PRO sort of fails. While it is silent, the unidirectional flow of the Cross Blow fan makes it very inefficient at cooling much of anything in reality, and if I am looking for a cooler to handle a 300 Watt processor, I wouldn't want to by a cooler made for silence, as it is just going to get saturated, and the temperatures will skyrocket. For people enthusiastic about silence with no respect for temperature increases, chips today can run at over ninety degrees and still not throttle, so the cooler can still keep you in the "safe zone".


With a marketed price point of $54.90, in my testing the results don't justify the pricing. Granted, the ISGC-300 is similarly priced, but I don't consider that an "enthusiast" cooler either. What I am concerned with is the fact that I can buy a cooler rated to take less heat, but is more efficient at removing said heat. The 300 Watt rating here is true, as the cooler can handle the work load, but at the expense of the longevity of your hardware, along with the uncomfortable increase in room temperatures in the pursuit of overclocking in silence. As it stands, I see this as a very good stock replacement fan that handles a bit of overclocking fairly well, and will offer you silence. For those looking to take the road less traveled and stretching your processor to new levels, I think you already know this cooler is not for you.




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