Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Pro CPU Cooler
Arctic Cooling, founded in 2001, makes a wide range of products from PC cases to fans and power supplies. To most enthusiasts they are mostly known for their Freezer line of CPU coolers and their MX-2 and MX-4 thermal paste. For the last few years when I would see a post from someone in a forum looking for a budget middle of the road cooler that would do well there would always be more than a couple people offer up the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro as a solid low-buck option. December of last year Arctic updated the Freezer line with the Freezer 13. Today we are looking at its newest incarnation, the Freezer 13 Pro.
With the Freezer 13 Pro there are a few tweaks to the design over the Freezer 13. First, the Freezer 13 Pro has a 120mm fan rather than a 92mm fan the previous versions had. There is also a secondary 50mm fan on the base of the cooler. This secondary fan is to help generate airflow to cool the components around the CPU socket.
The Freezer 13 Pro also comes with Arctic Cooling’s MX-4 thermal compound pre-applied to the cooler. It also carries a 6 year warranty. Now let's take a quick look at the features and specifications before we start looking the Freezer 13 Pro over.
Features of the Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Pro
- Superior Cooling Performance: Superior in its meticulously engineered mechanism, the Freezer 13 PRO features an ultra-quiet 120 mm PWM-controlled fan with four U-shaped 8mm copper heatpipes for inaudible and massive heat dissipation. Spinning at a rate from 300-1350 RPM, this mega-sized CPU cooler guarantees 300W of maximum cooling capacity.
- Cooling VRs and Northbridge Components: Utilizing the Cross-Blow technology, the Freezer 13 PRO is equipped with an additional 50 mm PWM-controlled fan at the base of the CPU cooler. This feature is to guide the airflow to cool the Northbridge and voltage regulators. This extra downward blowing fan generates airflow to other chipset parts and thus dramatically lowers the temperature of surrounding components near the CPU.
- Quick Installation: Featuring unique push pins mounting system, it offers excellent stability and is applicable within seconds. Its fiber reinforced retention module is strong enough to take on the heavy weight of the CPU cooler during installation. The pre-applied ARCTIC MX-4 thermal compound facilitates the entire installation process as well.
Specifications for the Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Pro
- Limited Warranty: 6 years
- Dimensions (LxWxH): 134 x 96 x 159mm
- Heatsink Material: Aluminum Fins x 47, thickness 0.5mm
- Heatpipe: U-Shaped 8mm x 4
- 120mm: 200-1350 RPM
- 50mm: 700-2700 RPM
- Intel: 775/1156/1366
- AMD: AM3/AM2+/AM2/939/754
Unboxing the Freezer 13 Pro CPU Cooler
The Freezer 13 Pro comes in a plastic clam shell packing.
On the back of the packing there is a chart that shows how the Freezer 13 Pro will improve CPU temps over the stock cooling. There is also a small image showing the idea behind the cross flow fan on the cooler base, as well as a chart with the cooler specifications.
The chart shows a 25.5*C improvement over the stock Intel cooler for a Core i7-920 overclocked to 3.6GHz. That is a very nice improvement over stock cooling.
Those that speak/read a language other than English will have to look on the bottom to find the features list.
With the packing open we can see the accessories are stashed in the very bottom.
The cooler base with the pre-applied MX-4 thermal paste is protected with a plastic tray that also holds the Intel mounting ring.
The accessories are simple. It consists of 2 small baggies for Intel and AMD.
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.
Installing the Freezer 13 Pro
The accessories for the Freezer Pro are light, but it is all that is needed. On the left are the Intel mounting pins, and to the right are the AMD mounting clips.
For the Intel LGA sockets there is also a ring that has to be mounted to the motherboard.
In each corner of the mounting ring there are the 3 positions for 775, 1155/1156, and 1366 sockets. If you look there is a small rib on the side of the pocket.
It matches up to the slots in the mounting pins. The white part goes in first through the bracket and motherboard. Then the black part gets inserted to lock everything in place. To remove, just pinch the top of the black part and pull out. If, for some reason, you lose part of a push pin you can get a whole new set for $1.99 plus shipping from the Arctic Cooling site.
The mounting ring goes on easy -- easier than the stock Intel cooler.
With the Freezer 13 Pro installed you can see how the Cross Flow fan should help push air across the components around the socket.
After putting the main 120mm fan on the head room space for ram is quiet small. So depending where the first slot is in relation to the socket RAM with tall heat spreaders is out of the question.
With everything installed and hooked up we can start the testing.
Legit Reviews Intel Core i7-930 Test System
Here are the parts that make up the Legit Reviews Core i7-930 test system:
|Intel Test Platform|
|Processor||Intel Core i7 930||Click Here|
|Motherboard||Intel DX58SO||Click Here|
|Memory||Kingston DDR3 3GB 1333MHz ValueRAM||Click Here|
|Video Card||EVGA GTS450||Click Here|
|Hard Drive||Western Digital 250gb SATA||Click Here|
|Power Supply||NZXT HALE90 750W||Click Here|
|Chassis||Cooler Master HAF 912||Click Here|
|Operating System||Windows 7 Professional (64bit)||Click Here|
To test the coolers the system will be left idle at the desktop for 30 minutes and the temperature will be recorded. Then it will run at full load with Prime95 Blended test for 30 minutes and the temperature will be recorded. There will be 3 levels tested with our Core i7-930 clocked at a stock 2.8 GHz, a mild OC of 3.5 GHz and a high OC of 4.0 GHz. All temps will be recorded with CoreTemp, and the temp reading from all 4 cores will be averaged. The thermal paste used on all coolers will be Gelid GC Extreme.
- CoolIT Eco 240
- CoolIT Vantage ALC
- Corsair H70
- Corsair A50
- Deepcool Killer Whale Premium
- GlacialTech Alaska
- Intel retail box Cooler
- Noctua NH-C14
- Prolimatech Super Mega
- Zalman CNPS9900 MAX
The Temperature Testing Results
With the system running at the stock 2.8GHz settings the Freezer 13 Pro cooled our Intel Core i7-930 to 58.5*C. The Freezer 13 Pro came in 0.25 degrees behind the Corsair A50, and 4.75 degrees behind the first place Prolimatech Super Mega. The Freezer 13 Pro was also a whopping 21 degrees better than the stock reference cooler.
Adding in a little more heat with a slight overclock to 3.5GHz the Freezer 13 Pro is still trading blows with the A50 on low. This time the Freezer 13 Pro is a half degree better coming in at 64*C. The Freezer 13 Pro is 4.75 behind the Super Mega.
With the heat really cranked up we have the system overclocked to 4GHz. The Freezer 13 Pro is starting to feel the heat coming in at 74.75*C. This is still running almost 5 degrees cooler than the stock Intel HSF at stock settings. The Freezer 13 Pro is also now ahead of the Corsair A50 on high by half degree, and 5.25 degrees behind the Super Mega.
With the system overclocked to 4GHz I used the Intel Desktop Control Panel to check the temps of the ICH, CPU Voltage Regulators, and the Case Ambient for both Idle and Load. Both tests were done using the Freezer 13 Pro with and without the Cross Blow fan hooked up. As one would expect the extra breeze created from the Cross Blow fan did help. Now, these are not mind blowing differences, but cooler is better.
Conclusion and Final Thoughts
This was the first time I have used a cooler from Arctic Cooling. I will say that the overall experience was good. The cooler is solidly built and was very easy to install. The chipset cooling fan is a new feature; it will be interesting to see if more coolers might start showing up with similar setups. Overall I think that long time users of the Freezer series would be happy with this cooler for their next system.
The sound level rating that Arctic Cooling used for the Freezer 13 Pro is the Sone. The 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. In my testing I found the Freezer 13 Pro’s fans to sound the same or quieter as the Scythe fans; I know I could not hear the Freezer 13 Pro over the Scythe fans.
The secondary Cross Blow fan did help with cooling the voltage regulators and the ICH chipset. This could help with those running the higher overclocks to prolong the life of the board.
The mounting system for the Freezer 13 Pro was easy to install. I would have liked to have seen a backing plate for it, though. The Freezer 13 Pro weighs in at 902g; that’s twice the limit of 450g that Intel states as the max weight for the socket. The height of the Freezer 13 Pro will be something to keep in mind, as well. At 159mm it’s a tall cooler. It seems to be the average height anymore, but users with small cases will need to do some checking on the max cooler height for their case. For those with small cases and those used to Arctic Cooling's smaller 92mm coolers take a look at the Freezer 13 Pro’s little sibling, the Freezer 13. The Freezer 13 has a 92mm fan and stands 130mm tall, but does not have the Cross Blow fan.
I currently could not find the Freezer 13 Pro online anywhere other than on Arctic Cooling’s website for $54.90 plus, according to the shipping calculator, another $20 or so for international shipping out of Hong Kong. So if you want the Freezer 13 Pro it might be worth waiting for an online e-tailer to get one in stock. At the $54.90 price, and some better shipping cost, the Freezer 13 pro is a nice cooler. Currently where I can find it, the shipping cost is a bit high.
Legit Bottom Line: The Freezer 13 Pro is a nice cooler and its new Cross Blow feature does help cool the motherboard around the socket.