The power consumption and TDP-values of new processors hasn't really gone up during the last couple of years, but this hasn't stopped cooler manufacturers from coming up with even better, higher performance coolers. For normal users the CPU-temperature doesn't really matter too much, so long as the system stays stable under load. We, however, aren't normal users and for us better coolers means lower temperatures and more headroom for overclocking. To see what's new on the market of CPU-coolers, we got three new air coolers for a small roundup. The models are Thermaltake FrioOCK, Thermaltake Jing and Arctic Cooling Freezer Xtreme Rev.2. These models are aimed at slightly different segments, so while they might not compete with each other, as a group they should give us a nice idea of what kind of performance to expect from different price ranges.
Arctic Cooling Freezer Xtreme Rev.2
- Limited Warranty: 6 years
- Dimensions: 113 L x 134 W x 155 H mm
- Fan: 120 mm
- Noise Level (Sone): 0,5
- Cooling Capacity (Watts): 160
- Rated Fan Speed: 800 - 1500 RPM, (Controlled by PWM)
- Airflow: 35,7 CFM / 60,7 m³/h
- Compatible sockets: 1366, 1156, 775, AM3
- Weight: 790 g
The Freezer comes packed in an easy-to-open plastic packaging where the cooler is nicely shown. The packaging doesn't really offer much protection to the cooler inside, but atleast ours made its way to our lab with no damage, so all is well.
Just like most coolers nowadays, also the Freezer is a tower model which relies on heat pipes to transfer the heat from the copper base to the aluminum fins. The cooler is capable to cool CPUs with TDP up to 160 W, and considering this stated performance, the dimensions are pretty reasonable. Hidden inside the cooler there's a single 120 mm PWM fan with varying 800-1500 RPM speed.
Inside the box there's the cooler itself, a short manual, mounting hardware for AMD- and Intel sockets, and also a small Arctic Cooling case badge. Arctic Cooling products are generally known for their good value for money and keeping the bundle and packaging simple sure helps this.
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