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by Marc Prieur
Published on July 11, 2011

Arctic Cooling Freezer 13

A step up from the Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2, the Freezer 13 has 4 instead of 3 heatpipes and a larger heat dissipation area. The fan used is still a 92mm PWM, with a thermal pad and multilingual manual. At 712g, this is the heaviest cooler in this comparison, even heavier than those using 120mm fans.
Installation
On the Intel platform, first of all you’ll need to install the 775/115x/1366 mounting bracket to 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 allowed us to use memory bars with large radiators on all slots on our test Intel motherboard. On the AM3 motherboard however, only standard height bars can be used on the first slot while the radiator passes slightly above the second DIMM but at a height of 5cm, which is sufficient.
Results

Here the Core i7-2600K can be cooled quietly in load as of 5V at which we measured it at 22.1 dBA. The fan even starts at 3V, which means noise levels can be reduced even further for the most sensitive ears. When the CPU is overclocked things are a little more complicated as the fan needs to run at 9V to cool the processor at 4.5 GHz and then the Freezer 13 is noisy. At the 4.8 GHz overclocking the Freezer 13 doesn’t have sufficient thermal performance, even at 12V.
Assessment
In contrast to the Freezer 7, the Freezer 13 does allow you to cool a processor such as the i7-2600K quietly, even in load. It can even be used if you’re overclocking your processor, as long as you’re willing to put up with a bit of noise in load. It’s small and easy to install and is a good choice with high manufacture quality and, among other things, a completely inaudible fan motor.

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