Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 & 64 Pro Coolers
A Closer Look
A Closer Look
Arctic Freezer 7 Pro
The first thing that I noticed about the Arctic Freezer coolers is that they are incredibly easy to pull apart to clean and maintain (like most of their product line actually). All that is required for removal, is to flick two clips on the side of the heatsink and the fan assembly comes off.
The Arctic Freezer 7 Pro uses the same retention method as the reference Intel socket 775 cooler. It would be nice to see manufacturers of aftermarket cooling solutions move away from Intel's retention system, as there are better methods out there which ensure better contact with the CPU everytime. The size difference between the two is evident.
6 Heat Pipes (three used double sided) are able to transfer heat of up to 200 Watts. The heat exchanger is built of 42 fins and consists of a surface area of over 4700 cm2 and allows for resistance free energy transfer to air.
From the above images you can see the bottom three fins on the heat exchanger are bent, these are provided to allow cool air to pass over voltage converters on the motherboard. Arctic Cooling also provide 'pre-applied' thermal paste to the base of the cooler, the thermal paste is MX-1 Thermal Compound
which has a curing time of around 200 hours. The thermal paste application was uniform and kept free of contaminants by the supplied plastic cover.
One final point of interest is the inclusion of rubber mounting grommets on the fan shroud, which have been included to reduce vibration noise. It appears that Arctic Cooling are producing all their fan range now with this feature.
Now that we've scrutinised the Freezer 7 Pro, let's take a look at Arctic Cooling's AMD variation - the Freezer 64 Pro.
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