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Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Review

In the same fashion as all Arctic Cooling products we have reviewed to date, the Freezer 13 is shipped in a tough plastic container.

The back of the package lists specifications, mounting compatibility, as well as some internal test results. We take these with a pinch of salt and will look at that in more detail later.

The Arctic Cooling packaging while bright and cheerful is an aspect of their range which we feel could do with some improvement. It is fine for a PC World display, but we aren’t sure it is the best option for maximum protection during heavy handed shipping.

The bundle includes a short installation guide, with a mounting bracket and necessary screws. This cooler uses a traditional push pin mounting system which won’t appeal to the hardcore audience, but has proven to be a really ‘easy to fit’ system for the majority of enthusiast users.

The Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 is quite a compact design, with the 92mm fan being attached by a hood system, similar in design to the Corsair A50 and A70 coolers we looked at recently. Arctic Cooling incorporated a 120mm fan with their latest Freezer Extreme Rev 2, so we hope this 92mm fan isn’t noticeably louder, but more on this later.

The angular design is slightly unusual and the reason for the edge design is for greater heat dissipation.

The eight copper heatpipes expand from the main copper block upwards through the fins to the top of the cooler. The image above right shows the older Freezer Extreme Rev 2, which is noticeably larger.

The cooler is supplied with a layer of ARCTIC MX4 thermal paste pre-applied. and above left you can see that the mounting bracket is also preapplied out of the factory. The eight copper heatpipes are well manufactured, although there are a few rough edges when compared with the most expensive coolers on the market. Above right the angular heatsink design is particularly noticeable and we will test later how well it works in the real world.

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