Here at KitGuru we spend a lot of time looking at high end products so it's easy to forget about the cheaper products at the other end of the market. Many people aren't interested in how many megahertz they can squeeze out of their top-end i7-980X CPU with the mammoth Noctua NH-D14 cooler and simply want a cheap alternative to a stock cooler to improve longevity and possibly achieve a modest overclock.
Arctic cooling is renowned for producing some of the finest cooling kit on the market. They are often the choice of companies such as Sapphire to cool their top-end Radeon 5970 graphics card (modified Accelero Xtreme). Additionally, Arctic Cooling's MX-3 thermal compound is widely regarded as some of the best on the market and is the choice of enthusiasts across the globe.
Today we are going to look at the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 CPU cooler which can be bought for a modest £16 – almost a quarter of the price of the Noctua high end NH-D14 ‘Austrian Sandwich' cooler. This price sets it up to be a perfect companion to those looking for a budget friendly CPU cooler but we shall see how it performs in our tests before we give a definitive verdict.
• 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
|Dimensions||104 x 58 x 126.5mm (LxWxH)|
|Fan speed||900 – 2500 RPM (PWM Controlled)|
|Airflow||45 CFM / 77m3/h|
|Max. cooling capacity||130W|
|Bearing||Fluid Dynamic Bearing|