Arctic Cooling Freezer 13Nov 7th, 2010 | By Simon
The installation process is simple and quick for an Intel i5 machine. Arctic Cooling provides a universal mounting bracket you first position over the CPU socket. The bracket is secured to the motherboard using 4 push pins. I’m not a huge fan of the push pin design because plastic warps easily. After a few uses I found the push pins to spread and not have the same hold as the first installation. The Freezer 13 will screw into this bracket. If you don’t upgrade very often than this isn’t an issue, but I would have preferred a standalone base plate that is mounted from the underside of the motherboard.
Before we mount the CPU, the fan needs to be removed. This is required in order for you to have access to the screw hole. I think it would have made more sense if Arctic Cooling shipped the fan loose since it would save them one step in manufacturing and save you one step in installation. Assuming you have the fan removed, apply thermal paste to your CPU if you’ve removed it from the heatsink, position the heatsink over top of the processor. The pre-installing mounting bracket at the base of the cooler must line up with the threaded holes of the bracket. Two screws are then used to apply pressure from the base of the cooler to the CPU.
The last step is to re-install the fan and plug it into the motherboard. The fan draws less than 3W of power so there’s no need for a 3 pin to 4 pin adapter. Everything looks good and we can proceed with testing!