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|Review: Arctic Cooling Freezer11 Low Profile CPU Cooler|
|Posted by Will Smith|
|Sunday, 20 March 2011 23:03|
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Recently in the past few months, we've seen an increase in the amount of low-profile CPU coolers available on the market. This actually tells us two things ... firstly, users are now more aware of today's nettops, mini-PCs, media center PCs and HTPC. Many are using these devices as an alternative to the traditional PC, which are usually in a form of a bulky tower or desktop. Enclosures and chassis for these media PCs and HTPC tend to be small, compact and low-profile. Secondly, today's processors are more power efficient than ever before, producing less heat which means you don't need to use a massive CPU cooler to efectivel cool your processor.
To cater for the growing number of mini-PCs, media center PCs and HTPCs, manufacturers have turn their attention in ramping up production of their slim cases, mini-ATX and micro-ATX chassis. However, there's a problem. Large CPU coolers will not be able to fit in these chassis. So what's the solution? Yes, you've guess it ... the answer is to use low-profile CPU coolers, and this is where Arctic Cooling and numerous others have identified a niche, but growing market.
Arctic Cooling, as the company name suggests, specialises in cooling products. They have a range of CPU coolers, one of which we already reviewed - the Freezer 13, which we thought was a pretty good CPU cooler offering decent cooling performance. They produce a variety of accessories including headsets, headphones, USB devices, notebooks coolers, as well as GPU coolers for graphic cards. For those who are not familiar with Arctic Cooling or their products, here's a little blurb taken from their website ...
Today, we'll be taking a look at the Arctic Cooling Freezer 11 Low-Profile CPU cooler. It's designed for Intel processors only (sorry there's no mention of support for any AMD processors). Compatible sockets include LGA 775, 1155 and 1156, but no LGA 1366 support. The heastsink features two copper heatpipes with a thickness of 6mm, a solid copper base and a fairly large array of Aluminium fins. The CPU cooler is pretty small and compact, measuring just 115 L x 106 W x 53 H mm ... it's definitely one of the lowest profile CPU coolers we've come across.
The whole heastink is cooled by a single ultra-quiet 92mm fan (PWM) spinning between 900-2,00rpm, giving a maximum air-flow of 27 CFM. According to Arctic Cooling, the Freezer 11 LP can offer cooling capacity of upto 90W. It's not exactly huge, but then again it's not meant for overclocking or high-end CPUs for that matter. Still, it should effectively cool a whole range of desktop processors. For a complete list of compatible CPUs ... go here.
We'll be testing the Freezer 11 LP low-profile CPU cooler on our test rig which consist of an Intel Core i5 - 650 @ 3.2Ghz, Gigabyte P55-USB3 motherboard, Geforce GTX 560Ti, 4Gb Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1600 and a Adata HM-650W power supply. It's the same system we've been using to test other CPU coolers.
OK, let's take a closer look at the specifications and features of the Freezer 11 LP low-profile CPU cooler, on our next page ...