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by Marc Prieur
Published on July 11, 2011

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2

The Arctic Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 has three copper heatpipes and a copper base. The heatpipes are in contact with aluminium fins which are cooled by a 92mm PWM fan. There’s a multilingual, illustrative installation manual. There’s a thermal pad right above the cooler.
On the Intel platform, first of all you’ll need to install the 775/115x/1366 mounting bracket on the motherboard which can then be fixed to the cooler with a couple of screws. Then you just clip the fan to the radiator. It’s just as simple for AMD platforms. All you have to do is screw on the socket AM2/AM3 brackets and then clip the fan on.

Optimal orientation of the cooler meant we couldn’t use memory bars with large radiators on the first two slots on our test LGA 1155 motherboard. With an AM3 motherboard this is the case on just one slot.

The Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 doesn’t have the perforamnce to keep an i7-2600K at a good temperature in silence. You have to set it at 7V and noise levels then go up to 27.8 dBA, which is clearly audible. With the overclocked processors temperatures were unfortunately too high.
Designed to be quiet, the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 doesn’t manage to combine this with optimal thermal performance. It will be more at ease with a less demanding processor. Better to go for the larger Arctic, the Freezer 13.

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