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This time we tested the Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 CPU cooler, which has four U-shape heatpipes and a 92 mm fan. Let’s see if it is a good performer.
Like most Arctic Cooling products, the Freezer 13 box is a plastic blister, as you can check in Figure 1.
In Figure 2, you can see what comes inside the box: the cooler, installation parts, and a manual.
In Figure 3, you can see the Freezer 13.
In the next pages, you will see this cooler in detail.
[nextpage title=”The Freezer 13″]
In Figure 4, you see the front of the cooler. The white fan is mounted inside a black frame.
In Figure 5, you can see the side of the cooler. The borders of the fins are folded, creating a closed surface.
In Figure 6, you check the cooler rear side. Note that the lower fins are smaller, in order to not interfere with the heatsinks and other components of the motherboard.
In Figure 7, you can see the cooler from the top. The fins have a "V" cut at the rear side, giving access to the screw that holds the cooler in place.
[nextpage title=”The Freezer 13 (Cont’d)”]The fan can be easily removed. In Figure 8, you can see the heatsink without it. The fins are plain in their front side.
In Figure 9, you can see the 92 mm fan. It uses a four-pin connector, which means it is compatible with PWM automatic speed control.
In Figure 10, you can check the base of the Freezer 13. Is is made of copper and the thermal compound comes preapplied.
For use with AMD CPUs, you need to attach the pieces shown in Figure 11 to the cooler, which is held by the motherboard frame.
For Intel CPUs, you must attach the frame shown in Figure 12 to the motherboard, as you can see in Figure 13. This frame is compatible with sockets 775, 1155/1156, and 1366.
The cooler is screwed to the frame, using two screws. You have to remove the fan in order to have access to the front screw.
Finally, attach the fan to the heatsink.
[nextpage title=”How We Tested”]
We tested the cooler with a Core i7-860 CPU (quad-core, 2.8 GHz), which is a socket LGA1156 processor with a 95 W TDP (Thermal Design Power). In order to get higher thermal dissipation, we overclocked it to 3.3 GHz (150 MHz base clock and 22x multiplier), keeping the standard core voltage (Vcore), which was the maximum stable overclock we could make with the stock cooler. Keep in mind that we could have raised the CPU clock more, but to include the stock cooler in our comparison, we needed to use this moderate overclock.
We measured noise and temperature with the CPU idle and under full load. In order to get 100% CPU usage in all threads, we ran Prime 95 25.11 (in this version, the software uses all available threads) with the "In-place Large FFTs" option.
We compared the tested cooler to the Intel stock cooler with a copper base (included with the CPU), as well as with other coolers. Note that in the past, we tested coolers with a socket LGA775 CPU, and we retested some "old" coolers with this new methodology. T
his means you can find different values in older reviews than the values you will read in the next page. Every cooler was tested with the thermal compound that accompanies it.
Room temperature measurements were taken with a digital thermometer. The core temperature was read with the SpeedFan program (available from the CPU thermal sensors), using an arithmetic average of the core temperature readings. During the tests, the left panel of the case was open.
The sound pressure level (SPL) was measured with a digital noise meter, with its sensor placed 4" (10 cm) from the fan. We turned off the case and video board cooler fans so they wouldn’t interfere with the results. This measurement is only for comparison purposes because a precise SPL measurement needs to be made inside an acoustically insulated room with no other noise sources, which is not the case here.
- Processor: Core i7-860
- Motherboard: Gigabyte P55A-UD6
- Memory: 2 GB Markvision (DDR3-1333/PC3-10700 with 9-9-9-22 timings), configured at 1,200 MHz
- Hard disk: Seagate Barracuda XT 2 TB
- Video card: Zotac GeForce GTS 250
- Video resolution: 1680×1050
- Video monitor: Samsung Syncmaster 2232BW Plus
- Power supply: Seventeam ST-550P-AM
- Case: 3RSystem L-1100 T.REX Cool
Operating System Configuration
- Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
We adopted a 2 °C error margin, meaning temperature differences below 2 °C are considered irrelevant.
[nextpage title=”Our Tests”]
The table below presents the results of our measurements. We repeated the same test on all coolers listed below. Each measurement was taken with the CPU at idle and at full load. In the models with a fan supporting PWM, the motherboard controlled the fan speed according to core load and temperature. On coolers with an integrated fan controller, the fan was set at the minimum speed on the idle test and at full speed on the full load test.
Processor at Full Load
|Cooler||Room Temp.||Noise||Speed||Core Temp.||Noise||Speed||Core Temp.|
|Intel stock (socket LGA1156)||14 °C||44 dBA||1700 rpm||46 °C||54 dBA||2500 rpm||90 °C|
|Cooler Master Hyper TX3 G1||14 °C||47 dBA||2050 rpm||33 °C||56 dBA||2900 rpm||62 °C|
|Zalman CNPS10X Extreme||14 °C||45 dBA||1400 rpm||27 °C||53 dBA||1950 rpm||51 °C|
|Thermaltake Silent 1156||14 °C||44 dBA||1200 rpm||38 °C||49 dBA||1750 rpm||69 °C|
|Noctua NH-D14||14 °C||49 dBA||1250 rpm||27 °C||49 dBA||1250 rpm||53 °C|
|Zalman CNPS10X Performa||14 °C||46 dBA||1500 rpm||28 °C||52 dBA||1950 rpm||54 °C|
|Prolimatech Megahalems||14 °C||40 dBA||750 rpm||27 °C||60 dBA||2550 rpm||50 °C|
|Thermaltake Frio||14 °C||46 dBA||1450 rpm||27 °C||60 dBA||2500 rpm||50 °C|
|Prolimatech Samuel 17||14 °C||40 dBA||750 rpm||40 °C||60 dBA||2550 rpm||63 °C|
|Zalman CNPS8000A||18 °C||43 dBA||1400 rpm||39 °C||54 dBA||2500 rpm||70 °C|
|Spire TherMax Eclipse II||14 °C||55 dBA||2200 rpm||28 °C||55 dBA||2200 rpm||53 °C|
|Scythe Ninja3||17 °C||39 dBA||700 rpm||32 °C||55 dBA||1800 rpm||57 °C|
|Corsair A50||18 °C||52 dBA||1900 rpm||33 °C||52 dBA||1900 rpm||60 °C|
|Thermaltake Jing||18 °C||44 dBA||850 rpm||34 °C||49 dBA||1300 rpm||60 °C|
|GlacialTech Alaska||18 °C||43 dBA||1150 rpm||36 °C||51 dBA||1600 rpm||60 °C|
|Deepcool Gamer Storm||18 °C||43 dBA||1100 rpm||35 °C||48 dBA||1600 rpm||62 °C|
|Corsair A70||26 °C||56 dBA||1900 rpm||40 °C||56 dBA||1900 rpm||65 °C|
|Deepcool Ice Blade Pro||23 °C||45 dBA||1200 rpm||38 °C||52 dBA||1500 rpm||64 °C|
|AC Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2||23 °C||47 dBA||1750 rpm||44 °C||51 dBA||2100 rpm||77 °C|
|Corsair H70||27 °C||60 dBA||1900 rpm||37 °C||60 dBA||1900 rpm||61 °C|
|Zalman CNPS9900 Max||27 °C||55 dBA||1600 rpm||38 °C||58 dBA||1750 rpm||63 °C|
|Arctic Cooling Freezer 11 LP||25 °C||45 dBA||1700 rpm||51 °C||49 dBA||1950 rpm||91 °C|
|CoolIT Vantage||26 °C||60 dBA||2500 rpm||37 °C||60 dBA||2500 rpm||62 °C|
|Deepcool Ice Matrix 600||25 °C||46 dBA||1100 rpm||41 °C||53 dBA||1300 rpm||69 °C|
|Titan Hati||26 °C||46 dBA||1500 rpm||40 °C||57 dBA||2450 rpm||68 °C|
|Arctic Cooling Freezer 13||27 °C||49 dBA||1950 rpm||41 °C||53 dBA||2300 rpm||70 °C|
In the graph below, at full load you can see how many degrees Celsius hotter the CPU core is than the air outside the case. The lower this difference, the better is the performance of the cooler.
[nextpage title=”Main Specifications”]
The main features of the Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 CPU cooler include:
- Application: Socket LGA775, 1155, 1156, 1366, AM2, AM2+, AM3, 939 and 754 processors
- Fins: Aluminum
- Base: Copper
- Heat-pipes: Four 6-mm copper heatpipes
- Fan: 92 mm
- Nominal fan speed: 2,000 rpm
- Fan air flow: 36.4 cfm
- Maximum power consumption: Not informed
- Nominal noise level: Not informed
- Weight: 1.8 lbs (800 g)
- More information: https://www.arctic.ac
- Average price in the US*: USD 40.00
* Reseached at Newegg.com on the day we publish this review.[nextpage title=”Conclusions”]
At first look, we weren’t expecting a good performance from the Arctic Cooling Freezer 13, mostly because all the high-performance CPU coolers we tested so far use one or two 120-mm fans, or even 140-mm ones. With a single 92-mm fan, the Freezer 13 looks more like a value cooler.
To our surprise, the Freezer 13 performed like some good coolers with 120 mm fans, and it was not noiser than them. The price tag was in the same range, too.
In summary, the Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 is an excellent mainstream cooler, with low noise level and good performance, receiving the Hardware Secrets Silver Award.