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|Review: ARCTIC Freezer 13 Pro CPU Heatsink|
|Posted by Ed Smith|
|Tuesday, 12 July 2011 18:40|
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ARCTIC (previously known as Arctic Cooling) has been around for a while, they were one of the first companies to come out with a tower cooler that both did a good job and ran quietly. That was the Freezer 7 / Freezer 64, a very good cooler for it's time.
Since then they have made a number of cooling products for CPUs and GPUs, all of them quite good.
Today I'm testing out their new top end CPU cooler, the Freezer 13 Pro.
The Freezer 13 Pro has four 8mm heatpipes moving heat from the solid copper base they're soldered to up to a massive array of aluminum fins, a 120mm fan with a well designed shroud removes the heat and sends it on it's merry way.
Arctic Cooling wasn't content to stop there though, they also addressed an issue that plagues every tower cooler on the market: Motherboards are set up to use the air coming off the stock cooler at board level, they use it to cool the northbridge, mosfets, and to an extent the ram. Tower coolers don't put out any air down there, leaving the northbridge and mosfets to fend for themselves.
Arctic Cooling has done something about that with the Freezer 13 Pro, they put a second fan on the base of the heatsink, it's job is to provide some airflow to keep the mosfets and northbridge cool.