Arctic Cooling Freezer 13

Nov 7th, 2010 | By Simon

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The Freezer 13 is packaged inside a clear plastic container. You don’t get a complete view of the heatsink and fan but the transparent sections provide a great view of parts of the cooler and you can easily imagine what the rest of it looks like. Around the sides Arctic Cooling has a cardboard insert providing a list of features and the specifications for the Freezer 13. The bottom side of the package reprints a few features in five different languages.

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The packaging on the Freezer 13 is brilliant, a few tabs are used to keep everything secure but undoing the tabs the plastic package opens itself up giving you complete access to the heatsink. Packaged with the cooler is an installation guide, a universal mounting bracket, a variety of push pins, a bracket for modifying the mounting socket on the cooler and some screws.

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The heatsink is big. The copper base has 4 U shaped heatpipes dispersing heat to 45 aluminum fins which are then cooled by a 92mm fan. The total cooling capacity is 200W, much more than your average processor.

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The size of the fins increases as we move up the heatpipe. I can’t see any real advantage or disadvantage to this design other than a compromise between cooling and weight.

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The fan and shroud are clipped on to the fins and it is required during the installation to pop the fan off. It’s a simple process and once done we get a great look at the heatsink in its bare form. The 46 fins are spread evenly over the height of the heatsink. While I’ve seen them more densely packed before, the spacing allows more than enough airflow between the layers for maximum cooling

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The fan has no markings but the nine blade design is fairly common. The specifications rate the fan 600 to 2000 RPM with a maximum airflow is 36.4 CFM.

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The base of the heatsink has Arctic Cooling MX-4 thermal paste pre-applied. I really don’t like this method as accidents happen and if you’re not careful you’ll find thermal paste on your finger, the side of your case or some other spot where you don’t want it. I would much rather prefer a small little packet of paste I could apply myself. After I wiped the thermal paste off the heatsink I could see the machine flat base. It’s not polished but is very smooth. The pre-applied thermal paste, or the application of your own, will make sure any microscopic nicks are filled in to make a good contact between the CPU and copper base.

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Before we begin installation, let’s have a quick look at the features and specifications.

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