Sandy Bridge Heatsinks Roundup

By on February 6, 2011
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The best cooler for that 4.7Ghz on-the-air overclock.

The Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 was the smallest cooler of the bunch, making me skeptical from the get-go that it won’t be as good a performer as the other, chunkier coolers. Appearances, of course, can be deceiving.

So at first glance the Freezer 13 doesn’t look like much. The aluminum fins aren’t as shiny as those on the other coolers, not to mention the base is brushed copper, again, not the shiny finish on the other coolers. The Freezer 13 did, however, come with the Arctic Cooling MX-4 thermal paste, which I can easily say is one of the best thermal pastes in the market right now. In fact, it is so good that the MX-4 is what I ended up using on the rest of the coolers as well.

Getting back to the Freezer 13, it doesn’t look as polished (for lack of a better word) as the high-end models from Intel, Thermaltake and Cooler Master, but as you will see in the benchmarks; it outperforms its competitors in more ways than one. The primary reason being it’s price; at $40, the Artic Cooling Freezer 13 is the cheapest cooler in this roundup.

The 92mm fan will run from anywhere between 600 to 2,000 rpm depending on the heat output. The Freezer 13 will support all current Intel and AMD CPUs on the market. Installation was about 5 minutes long as all I had to do was install the bracket on the motherboard with the right pins used for the socket (LGA 1155), screw in the aluminum fin heatsink and clip on the fan.

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