The Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 is one of the most popular budget CPU coolers in the market. The price tag surely sounds tempting, but we would like to see how this cooler performs.
Arctic Cooling was founded in 2001 and their headquarters are located in Switzerland. The company mainly specializes in CPU and GPU quiet cooling solutions.
Let’s take a quick look of the cooler’s main specs and features:
Heat Sink: 104 L x 58 W x 126.5 H mm
Fan: 92 mm
Fan Speed: 900 – 2500 RPM (controlled by PWM)
Air Flow: 45 CFM / 77 m3/h
Max. Cooling Capacity: 130 Watts
Bearing: Fluid Dynamic Bearing
Weight: 520 g
Patents: DE 20307981, DE 202005011514
US 7101149, CN 200610106209
Warranty: 6 Year
• Compatible with Intel Core i7 and Core i5, as well as AMD sockets
• Excellent cooling performance – 130 Watts
• Ultra quiet 92mm PWM fan
• 6 heatpipes and 42 fins for efficient heat dissipation
• Patented vibration absorption to eliminate buzzing sounds
• Pre-applied ARCTIC MX-2
• Easy installation
A Closer Look – Package and Accessories
The Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 comes in a simple transparent box which allows us to see the actual cooler. The fact that Arctic Cooling has not chosen a flashy packaging does not mean that the product’s goal is not met. At the front side there is information regarding CPU compatibility. The sides of the packaging are also transparent, allowing us to fully check the cooler’s design.
At the back side of the box there is a comparison between the Freezer 7 Pro and Intel’s stock cooler on a Core 2 Quad Q9550. Below, there is a chart with detailed product specifications.
The packaging may be simple but inside you will find everything you will need to install the cooler. The mounting kits are nicely categorised and bagged separately for AMD and Intel platforms. Of course, the mounting bracket for the motherboard is also included. There is also a brief installation sheet that explains how to install the heatsink in detail. Finally, there is no thermal paste compound included, as it is pre-applied and it is the well known Arctic Cooling MX-2.
A Closer Look – The Heatsink
The size of the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 is relatively small for an aftermarket cooler, but this guarantees that you will not have any problems installing it in any ATX case. Its weight is 590g, fact that makes it considered to be lightweight. The build quality is decent and it is obvious that this is a well designed product.
The Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 incorporates a tower CPU cooling design. The heatsink consists of 42 aluminum fins for heat dissipation, that are connected and soldered to the copper heatpipes. There are a total of 6 heatpipes and there are no extra holes drilled in the body of the heatsink.
The fan used is 92mm and has a black body with white blades, which is nice to the eye. Special attention has been given to vibration, as rubber-tips have been used to mount the fan on the heatsink. The fan operates at 900-2500RPM and also utilises PWM control and is easy to remove if there is the need to do so.
The thermal tubes are soldered to the base, ensuring efficient heat transfer.
The base is made of copper and on it we find pre-applied a layer of Arctic MX-2 thermal compound. The base is carefully crafted and polished and there are no marks of machinery visible.
Installation, Test Setup and Procedures
Installation was easy, it is a hard thing to remove the motherboard to install a heatsink but this is worth the extra cooling. The manual fully explains how to install the heatsink so we did not encounter any problems. The machine’s specs on which we tested the cooler are:
Processor: Intel Core i7 920
Motherboard: Asus P6X85D
RAM: 6 GB Mushkin 6-7-6-18
VGA: Gigabyte GTX480 1536MB
HDD: Velocity Raptor 150GB
PSU: Nexus 1000W
Case: Thermaltake Armor VA8003BWS
Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit
We ran temperatures tests in 4 system states:
- Idle,i7 920 @2.66GHz
- Load,i7 920 @2.66GHz
- Idle, i7 920 overclocked to 4GHz
- Full load, i7 920 overclocked to 4GHz
We tested the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 against Intel’s stock cooler.
With normal CPU clocks and with the system being in idle mode, the Freezer 7 Pro performed slightly better than Intel’s stock cooler.
In load conditions, the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 achieved 6 degrees celsius lower than Intel’s stock cooler.
When we overclocked our i7 at 4GHz, the Freezer 7 Pro achived 55 degrees celsius while Intel’s cooler was 6 degrees higher.
Under full load conditions with our overclocked CPU, the results followed the same pattern, 6 degrees lower for the Freezer 7 Pro. It seems that Arctic Cooling’s cooler is a good budget alternative to Intel’s stock cooler.
Considering the price of this cooler, what you get is quite good. The overall build quality is of high standards considering the cooler’s price range. It kept our i7 quite cooler than a stock heatsink would. The cooler came with pre-applied thermal paste which works fine if you are not overdemanding. It was easy to install and its size is considered smaller than various aftermarket coolers. Given the fact that it is not performance oriented, it run quietly without producing high noise levels. Surely it will not amaze you with top performance, but if you want an affordable cooler to use as an alternative to stock coolers, this is the way to go. Costing around 25 euros across Europe, the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 is surely a cooler to consider buying.
(+) Efficient cooling
(+) Small size
(-) Medium performance
Thus, we award the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 our Value For Money Award, as you get a reliable and well built cooler as a stock cooler alternative.