A good looking yet cheap cooler to replace your stock fan.
The test setup for trying out the cooler was:
- Intel Core i7 870 tested out at stock speed of 2.9Ghz and Overclocked speed of 3.5Ghz
- Asus Maximus 3 Formula
- GSkill RipJaws 4GB 1600Mhz CAS 7 Ram
- Sparkle 560Ti SLi
- GSkill 40GB SSD
- Xigmatek 700W Modular PSU
- OS used was Windows 7 64Bit
We tested the cooler with a Core i7-870 CPU which is a socket 1156 processor with a 95 W TDP (Thermal Design Power). In order to get higher thermal dissipation, the processor was checked at the stock speed for 2.9 GHz and also was overclocked to 3.5 GHz, keeping the standard core voltage (Vcore), which was the maximum stable overclock we could make with the stock cooler. Keep in mind that we could have raised the CPU clock more, but to include the stock cooler in our comparison, we needed to use this moderate overclock.
The coolers were tested for their Idle and load temps and the application used was OCCT. The test was run for around 40 minutes using both the coolers so that we have a clear idea of the performance of both the coolers. The ambient temperature for this test was around 32C room temperature and the application used to measure the temperatures of the CPU with both the coolers was CoreTemp.
The graphs below show both the idle temperature of the coolers along with full load. The lower this difference, the better is the performance of the cooler.
Temperatures with Stock frequency of 2.9 GHz
Temperatures with Overclocked frequency of 3.5 GHz
So in the above graphs you can clearly see that Arctic Freezer outperforms the stock Intel cooler by a decent margin.
The Arctic Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 should not be compared to the many high end coolers available in the market but still it does the job pretty well. It clearly outperforms the stock Intel cooler and anyone wanting a cooler over the stock Intel cooler, a cooler which can enable them to overclock their processors to a mid-level, then see no further because the Arctic Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 does that job. To go along with these things, the cooler is dirt cheap, looks nice, easy to install and very silent.
(With contributions from Mohammed Shoaib Yunus aka SkullBox.)