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[nextpage title=”Introduction”]

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.

Arctic Cooling Freezer 13Figure 1: Package

In Figure 2, you can see what comes inside the box: the cooler, installation parts, and a manual.

Arctic Cooling Freezer 13Figure 2: Accessories

In Figure 3, you can see the Freezer 13.

Arctic Cooling Freezer 13Figure 3: The Freezer 13 CPU cooler

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.

Arctic Cooling Freezer 13Figure 4: Front View

In Figure 5, you can see the side of the cooler. The borders of the fins are folded, creating a closed surface.

Arctic Cooling Freezer 13Figure 5: Side view

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.

Arctic Cooling Freezer 13Figure 6: Rear view

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.

Arctic Cooling Freezer 13Figure 7: Top view

[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.

Arctic Cooling Freezer 13Figure 8: The Freezer 13 without its fan

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.

Arctic Cooling Freezer 13Figure 9: Fan

In Figure 10, you can check the base of the Freezer 13. Is is made of copper and the thermal compound comes preapplied.

Arctic Cooling Freezer 13Figure 10: Base

[nextpage title=”Installation”]

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.

Arctic Cooling Freezer 13Figure 11: AMD clips

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.

Arctic Cooling Freezer 13Figure 12: Intel frame

Arctic Cooling Freezer 13Figure 13: Frame installed on the motherboard

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.

Arctic Cooling Freezer 13Figure 14: The Freezer 13 instaled in our case

Finally, attach the fan to the heatsink.

Arctic Cooling Freezer 13Figure 15: The Freezer 13 instaled in our case

[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.

Hardware Configuration

Operating System Configuration

  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Software Used

Error Margin

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.


Idle Processor

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.

Arctic Cooling Freezer 13

[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.