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Arctic Cooling vs. Thermaltake

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Author: Jouni 'Jipa' Vasama
Published: 03.02.2011
Manufacturer: Arctic
Thermaltake
Product Group: Cooling - CPU
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Performance testing

 

Air Cooler Roundup - Arctic Cooling vs. Thermaltake
 

Before moving on with the performance testing, here's the three coolers side by side to give a better idea of the difference in their size. Starting from the left, the Jing weights 664 g, the Xtreme 548 g and Frio 690 g. Besides the size, also the fans vary hugely, so in the name of fairness we also tested all the coolers using reference fans, which, in this case, was a pair of Corsair fans.

 

Air Cooler Roundup - Arctic Cooling vs. Thermaltake
 

With all the coolers running on their stock fans, it's the Thermaltake FrioOCK that performs the best, keeping the overclocked Phenom at 54 C under load. The Jing and Xtreme+ are at the other end of the scale, with load temperatures of 60 and 63 degrees. So if it's performance you're after, get the FrioOCK, but the gap is largely due to the very high speed fans it comes with, both the Jing and Xtreme are reasonably quiet even with their fans running at maximum speeds.

Swapping the stock fans to a single 120 mm Corsair fan changed the results significantly and this time it's the Xtreme that comes first, probably due to being designed for lower airflow to begin with. Frio and Jing score exactly the same 59 degrees. We also tested the Frio and Jing with push-pull Corsair fans and this improved the results by two degrees.

 

Air Cooler Roundup - Arctic Cooling vs. Thermaltake
 



Conclusion

Arctic Cooling Freezer Xtreme Rev.2

PROS 
  • Easy installation
  • Quiet
  • Value


CONS 
  • Custom fan is hard to replace
Award
Editor's Choice Award!
Thermaltake Jing

PROS 
  • Quiet


CONS 
  • Performance
Award
Silver Award!
Thermaltake FrioOCK

PROS 
  • Performance
  • Controller


CONS 
  • Custom fans are hard to replace
  • Noisy
Award
Gold Award!



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We've now seen three quite different coolers nad how they perform, but what's the verdict? Well, it depends on what you're after. Starting with the Thermaltake FrioOCK, it's obviously aimed at the overclockers and enthusiasts that need all the cooling power possible. The massive cooler has a large heatsink and two extremely powerful fans. It also delivers on the cooling front taking an easy victory in the temperature tests. The performance does come at a price though and the FrioOCK is both the most expensive and by far the noisiest of this bunch. With the supplied fan controller it is possible to turn the fans down to find the sweet spot between noise and performance.

The Jing has the same ingredients, a large heatsink and two fans, but this time around the goal has been quiet operation rather than maximum performance and the two fans are very quiet and also come with fan controllers. Changing the fans is also very easy, so the Jing is the most versatile of this trio. Just like with the FrioOCK, the installation was easy as well, so both Thermaltake coolers can be recommended.

Then there's the Arctic Cooling Freezer Xtreme Rev.2, which also aims at silence rather than extreme performance. We try not to go too much into the prices of the products we review, but this time it would be unfair to skip the price as the Freezer is significantly less expensive than the other two. Considering this, it still packs reasonable cooling power, managing to keep our 4 GHz Phenom stable. The installation of the Freezer is also extremely simple, so the only flaw that we could think of is that changing the stock fan is tricky. A holder for a standard 120 mm fan would have been a nice feature. Its value for money still earns it the Editor's Choice-award in this roundup.


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