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Reviewed: Arctic Freezer 7 Pro Rev 2.0

By on August 8, 2011
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A good looking yet cheap cooler to replace your stock fan.

Good: Good performance; Pretty Decent Price tag; Compatibility with multiple sockets; High end MX-2 thermal paste already applied
Bad: No possibility to mount second fan for use as a push/pull configuration; A bigger fan cannot be installed on this cooler
Price: AED 105 / SAR 110 / PKR 2500
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The packaging used on Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 is perfect for the PC enthusiast due to the fact that it is completely visible through the packaging and all of the specifications are also visible by turning the unit around.  The entire cooler can be seen through the open ended packaging through the transparent packaging.

The back side of the cooler packaging shows a small graph in which the cooler was compared to a stock Intel cooler and it beats it by a margin.

The cooler comes with a bracket; the bracket is divided into 2 so that it can be easily installed on the VRMs. Also the cooler comes with expansion plugs in place of screws so that it can be easily installed and removed. Expansion plugs and wedges make bracket installation easy because low cooler weight and moderate spring pressure made a rear support plate unnecessary. Access to the front mounting screw is eased by un-clipping the fan and extracting the wedges for bracket removal requiring nothing more than a pair of long-nose pliers.

As for AMD fanatics, they will be a little disappointed with their installation options, since the socket orientation of most AM2/AM3 motherboards will force them to mount the cooler with the fan blowing upwards from above the video card rather than in the proper cross-draft configuration but doesn’t affect the cooling that much.

Installation


The first step of the installation is to attach the plastic frame to the motherboard, which is a very simple task. Once you have placed the bracket/plastic frame on the VRMs you need to tighten them up using the small plugs provided in the package. Once you have placed the plugs inside the holes you would need the wedges to tighten them so that they fully fit on the motherboard.

In the above picture you can see a close-up of the wedge and underneath that the plug. After that, the heat sink is set in place by screwing it to the frame. You must remove the fan before doing this, in order to grant access to the screw.

After that, attach the fan to the heat sink and connect it to the motherboard. The above and below pictures show the cooler once it has been installed on the motherboard.

As you can see in the above picture there is a lot of room to play with even after installation of this cooler. Nowadays, most coolers are bulky and big in size and therefore limit the installation of over 2 sticks of memory. But with this cooler being small in size you can easily go up to 4 Ram modules.

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