We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

[nextpage title=”Introduction”]

Today we are testing the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 CPU cooler, which has a tower heatsink, three 6 mm heatpipes, and a 92 mm fan. Check it out!

The Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 box is actually a transparent plastic blister, that shows the entire cooler, as you can see in Figure 1.

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 ProFigure 1: Package

In Figure 2, you can see the cooler and the accessories that come with it: manual and installation hardware.

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 ProFigure 2: Accessories

In Figure 3, you can see the Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2.

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 ProFigure 3: The Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2

In the next pages, you will see this cooler in detail.

[nextpage title=”The Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2″]

In Figure 4, you see the front of the cooler. The most distinctive feature is the rubber-suspension white fan, which we already saw in the Alpine 11 Pro and in the Alpine 64 Pro.

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Figure 4: Front view

In Figure 5, you see the side of the cooler. Note the three copper heatpipes.

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Figure 5: Side view

In Figure 6, you can check the back of the cooler.

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Figure 6: Rear view

In Figure 7 you see the top of the cooler. Here we can see the simple fin design.

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Figure 7: Top view

[nextpage title=”The Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 (Cont’d)”]

In Figure 8, you can see the base of the cooler, which comes with preapplied thermal grease.

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 ProFigure 8: Base

In Figure 9, you can see 92 mm PWM fan that comes with the cooler. As we mentioned before, it is similar to the fan used in the Alpine 11 Pro and in the Alpine 64 Pro.

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 ProFigure 9: Fan

In Figure 10, you can see the suspension mechanism that holds the fan, absorbing any vibration.

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 ProFigure 10: Fan suspension

In Figure 11, you can see the frame for installing this cooler on Intel CPUs. There is no backplate. For AMD processors, the cooler is attached to the existing motherboard frame.

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 ProFigure 11: Intel frame

[nextpage title=”Installation”]

The first step of the installation is to attach the plastic frame to the motherboard, which is a very simple task. You can see it in Figure 12.

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 ProFigure 12: Frame installed

After that, the heatsink is set in place by screwing it to the frame. You must to remove the fan before doing this, in order to grant access to the screw.

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 ProFigure 13: The heatsink installed

After that, attach the fan to the heatsink and connect it to the motherboard.

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 ProFigure 14: The Freezer 7 Pro installed 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 a
ll 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. This 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 850/1150 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
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 23 °C 47 dBA 1750 rpm 44 °C 51 dBA 2100 rpm 77 °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 7 Pro

[nextpage title=”Main Specifications”]

The main features of the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 CPU cooler include:

  • Application: Socket LGA775, 1156, 1366, AM3, AM2+ and AM2 processors
  • Fins: Aluminum
  • Base: Copper
  • Heat-pipes: Three 6-mm copper heat-pipes
  • Fan: 92 mm
  • Nominal fan speed: 2,500 rpm
  • Fan air flow: 45 cfm
  • Maximum power consumption: not informed
  • Nominal noise level: not informed
  • Weight: 1.3 lbs (590 g)
  • More information: https://www.arctic.ac
  • Average price in the US*: USD 30.00

* Researched at Newegg.com on the day we published this review.[nextpage title=”Conclusions”]

The Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 didn’t reach the same performance level of the top-notch CPU coolers we tested so far. The good news is that it has far better performance than the Intel stock cooler, and its fan is very quiet. The installation is very simple, too.

The real problem with this cooler is that it doesn’t have a good cost/benefit ratio. There are cheaper coolers with similar performance, and there are coolers that cost a little more but present far better performance.

Anyway, the Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 does its job: cools your CPU better than the stock cooler, while keeping your computer quieter.