Arctic Freezer 13 Pro CPU Cooler Review
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Arctic is one of those companies you go to for a silent cooler that performs on par with the bigger more expensive coolers. They have been churning out cooling solutions for many years and I don’t expect them to stop anytime soon. So once again, I dig back into my user experience with Arctic s CPU coolers, way back to when everyone was running AMD 939 setups long before the Core 2 came into the scene and turned things around. Back in those days Arctic was still Arctic Cooling and they had a cooler called the Freezer 64 that every enthusiast would tell you was a must have, and for the most part everyone I knew had one running in their gaming rig. The cooler was absolutely amazing; it would keep even the hottest Socket 939 processor cool.
Well things rapidly changed when every manufacturer started moving to 120mm coolers and eventually 140mm coolers. So today we have Arctic’s offering in the lab for the 120mm cooler segment and it’s called the Freezer 13 Pro. Previously we had the Freezer 13 which carried with it four 6mm heat pipes in a short and stout design. So it’s only fair to say the Freezer 13 Pro is the more matured version with four 8mm heat pipes across a more elongated design.
The Freezer 13 Pro comes into a saturated market with the big dogs like Noctua and Thermalright holding strong as the kings of cooling. The Freezer 13 holds a few good selling points with one of those being its price; at 44.99 at the time of this writing I’m not sure you will find a better looking cooler or one that can even compare to this at the same price. So can a much smaller, much more affordable cooler perform on par with these “big dogs” in the cooler market?
The increased heat emission of modern computers has put the production of powerful and quiet coolers beyond the means of most manufacturers. The raised noise levels of PC systems have a negative impact on productivity, since a quiet computer is the basis for pleasant working conditions. ARCTIC initiated the trend towards quiet cooling systems for desktop PCs in 2001 and has led the way ever since. When ARCTIC COOLING was founded, we began by focusing on Switzerland and Germany. In 2002 ARCTIC COOLING (HK) Ltd. was founded to develop relationships with our Asian production locations. From 2005, we started to expand business in North and South America and provide optimum service to our customer base there.
ARCTIC is now a leading manufacturer of CPU coolers, GPU coolers and case fans. In recent years we acquired a far-ranging expertise in the field of consumer electronics. The company’s product range has been further enhanced by new lines unrelated to PC cooling which was the reason behind the 2010 change in our brand name and logo: ARCTIC COOLING became the ARCTIC brand umbrella.