Reviews and Problems with Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2
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Brought some more life back to a Vostro 220
Matthew R., Newegg
2 weeks ago
Summary: The Dell Vostro 220 ended up being a pain to install this on because the old HSF used a X-bracket with screw holes. So I had to remove the motherboard and gently pry the X-bracket off the back.
Pros: It comes setup for a lot of different sockets and the instructions were easy to understand.
Cons: The bracket that fastens to the motherboard is very brittle. I ended up cracking one of the cross members with very little force.
Summary: This time I bought an Arctic Freezer A11 which is much cooler (43 degrees vs 53 degrees) and quieter and looks like it will hopefully last longer. Basically the same price, but a few millimeters larger so make sure it will fit!
Pros: Keeps my AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE at ~53 degrees Celsius under full load. Much quieter and cooler than the stock. I can hear the fan at load but would not say it is noisy. A very good price for what you get. Nice size for smaller cases.
Cons: I have owned 2 of these. One fan died after ~2 years, the other fan died after ~3 years. My PC is on maybe ~12 hours a week and doesn't do maxed out work often, just lighter gaming. I'm not sure if that's a good lifespan for a fan, but I don't think so. However, for the price I only docked 1 egg....
Summary: If your size is limited, then this is the cooler for you. However, if you're really looking for an excellent aftermarket cooler, and you don't mind a very large heatsink, get the 212 EVO.
Pros: It does a decent job of cooling and is pretty small. Not very loud, and if you're running a low TDP CPU, it can potentially be used as passive cooling if you have the right case ventilation. The cables are also well sleeved except for the ends.
Cons: For just 2 dollars more, you can buy the Hyper 212 EVO, which is MUCH better at cooling high TDP CPUs. If you're running an FX 6 or 8, forget about this. This is barely better than stock cooling. Also, the grill on the fan breaks VERY easily.
Summary: Cooler improved idle temps on an i7 about 10-12C compared to stock Intel cooler which is pretty good! That being said I don't think it's powerful enough for any aggressive overclocking.
Pros: Inexpensive, sturdy, light. More effective than Intel stock cooler. Fan assembly is very easy to remove for installation and cleaning.
Cons: Fan is close to motherboard and the height can't be adjusted which makes it incompatible with the RAM slots on some mobos. The cooler is attached with this bolt/flat spring assembly that is difficult to tension correctly and difficult to access. The tension will need to be adjusted several times ...
Summary: My main Issue with this heatsink is that it blocks the first RAM slot!!
Pros: Keeps CPU cool (AMD FX 4350) even at overclock the temps reach 48°C and stays there.
Cons: For AMD users. The fan will only be able to face straight up or down. And if you have a mid size ATX motherboard chances are when you install this cooler you wont be able to fit the first RAM stick because the heat sink is in the way!!!
Summary: I haven't tested this with an overclocked CPU/APU so I can't comment on how it would perform under those conditions. When my computer is in idle mode, my APU actually idles at -2C, but I will say that the computer is located in a home office in the basement, where the room temperature averages 68F.
Pros: It's cheap and a great alternative to your stock CPU cooler. I'm using it with my A10-7850K APU (at stock) and it never goes above 30C at full load.
Cons: The cooler isn't oriented correctly. The fan points towards the top or bottom (depending on how you mount it) of your case, instead of pointing towards the front or back of your case. CPU coolers should be manufactured in a way that the fan can always point towards the back of the case, allowing ...
Summary: Keeps my 4790k not oc'd at 75 max while under full load for 2 hrs. kind of afraid to see the temps on OC but this thing is great for the price and waaayyy better than the stock intel cooler. Also make sure your case has proper airflow! The negative reviews could be because of that!