Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Pro CPU Cooler ReviewTue, Mar 01, 2011 - 12:00 AM
External Impressions of the Freezer 13 Pro
Standing at 159mm tall the Freezer 13 Pro is not the tallest cooler we have tested here at LR, that honor goes to the Cooler Master V10, but the Freezer 13 Pro is running the average height for a tower cooler anymore. The Freezer 13 Pro also weighs in at 902g: not the lightest, but the not the heaviest, either.
Looking from the side the ends of the fins have been bent downward, basically blocking the air from escaping out the side of the fin stack and directing it to the back.
The Freezer 13 Pro has 47 aluminum fins on 4 U-shaped 8mm heatpipes. The cooling fins are 0.5mm thick and feel sturdy. When handling the cooler I never felt like I was going to bend a fin.
Both the main 120mm and secondary 50mm fans are powered by a single connection to the motherboard. Although, if you chose not to use the smaller 50mm fan you will need to get an extension cable for the main 120mm fan in order to reach a fan header on a motherboard.
The main 120mm fan has a custom fan body that is also the fan mount. This is nice as it’s easy to install and remove, but bad if you want to change the fan out for something else. If, for some reason, the fan would fail the Freezer 13 Pro does carry a 6 year limited warranty. The fan runs 200-1350 RPM and pushes 49.7 CFM. Arctic Cooling says the fan’s sound level is 0.4 Sone. Now, a Sone is a perceived level of sound; it is not like dB ratings. Since there is no direct conversion, in a roundabout way, 0.4 Sone is roughly equivalent to 24 dBA. Now the Scythe fans I use in the test bench for top exhaust are rated 1200RPM and push 68.5 CFM at 24dBA so they should be comparable sound level wise.
Looking at the base of the Freezer 13 Pro you may have noticed the small fan. This is for what Arctic Cooling is calling Cross Blow Technology. The fan is to stir up the air under the cooler and help cool the socket components. It’s attached to the base with two small screws.
The fan is mounted to a small bracket with two very small screws. This bracket is also the top portion of the cooler mounting system.
The Freezer 13 Pro comes with a liberal amount of Arctic Cooling’s MX-4 thermal paste.
The base doesn’t have a mirror finish, but it is flat.