Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 & 64 Pro Coolers
Published: 2nd November 2006 | Source: Arctic Cooling | Price: |
Well what more can I say? The Arctic Freezer 7 Pro and Freezer 64 Pro are great coolers. The build quality, attention to detail, compatibility, ease of installation and price are all stand-out features of both coolers in their own right.
Of course both coolers are large in size, but there are larger ones out there which potentially can be an issue when trying to get an aftermarket cooler to fit within the confines of your chosen case. During the course of this review, I never experienced any issues associated with the size of the coolers, and the potential for cramped conditions with other necessary hardware in my case. Although, I have heard of some issues with the Freezer 64 Pro and DFI motherboards, where the rear of the cooler may come into contact with graphics cards (but as I haven't experienced it personally, this is purely speculative). Both of the coolers provided adequate clearance around capacitors and voltage regulators, and they also provided adequate airflow onto the aforementioned electronic components. (I shall be posting some additional images taken during the installation process tomorrow, as the original ones taken I wasn't happy with.)
The ease of installation of both coolers, certainly made the review process a lot more pleasant. Although I will say that the Freezer 64 Pro was the easier of the two to install. I personally dislike the push down peg approach that Intel has adopted for their cooling solution, and perhaps Arctic Cooling and their fine engineering talent could perhaps look at manufacturing an alternative.
Whenever I'm hunting for additional cooling for my PC's, whether it be an aftermarket CPU cooler or simply additional case fans, price doesn't really doesn't come into the equation. Essentially, it's the cooling performance that is paramount to my purchasing decision; but this is what makes the Freezer Pro range from Arctic Cooling so attractive. For a mere US$34 you get a near silent cooling solution, that has killer looks and yet it can compete on a level playing field with a lot of the competitors products out there. Of course, you need to take into consideration, that some of the dearer products out there will have you putting up with fan noise similar to that of the reference coolers. I simply can't recommend these coolers highly enough at this price point, especially if you're building on a budget.
+ Ease of installation
+ Near silent operation
+ Build quality
+ 6 year warranty
+ Easy to clean and maintain
+ Pre-applied thermal compound
+ PWM control (if your motherboard supports it )
- Fan can become audible at max rpm (it may bother silence connoisseurs)
- Depending on the orientation of your K8 retention module (Freezer 64 Pro only) there may be issues with space.
Today I have chosen to give the Arctic Freezer Pro coolers the OC3D Recommended Award, and the OC3D Value for money award
OC3D would like to extend their thanks to Arctic Cooling for making this review possible.
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