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arctic-cooling Freezer 64
The guys over at Scythe sent us one of their partner's products in the cooling industries, "arctic-cooling's", new heat pipe AMD 64 cooler. This product, the Freezer 64, is all sink. As you can see, it is primarily a copper heat pipe with aluminum fans to dissipate the heat. The fan used is supposed to be ultra quiet and has a very unique design. Notice the lack of a frame to increase air flow unlike your standard 80mm fan. Let's take a closer look and see if the fan cools and runs better and quieter then your average stock cooler.
Newegg price $32.99 USD Purchase Link
For $32.99, this cooler is a solid price for the quality and technology involved in this heat pipe, as long as performance is stable.
This cooler comes with all you need for a quick installation. The fan uses your standard 3-pin motherboard port to control the RPM's. Arctic-cooling also provides their very popular and highly efficient cooling paste. The paste is easy to install but doesn't activate properly or harden until it reaches higher temperatures. So I would recommend running the cooler for a while before trying and over clocking.
The photos above show the mounting brackets. These must be attached to the bottom of the motherboard, as shown in the pictures below. Please note this is very important: If you are already using the stock AMD 64 Box cooler, you can just use your existing mounts. They are almost identical. This makes installation that much easier, so you don't need to remove your motherboard from the case.
AC also provides their high quality heat paste. Please note the way this thermal paste works. With time, it will actually cure and perform better, so don't be surprised if it works better a week after install.
Just fasten the clips and tighten the leaver from left to right to secure the heat pipe into position. Lastly, plug in your 3-pin fan control/power and you are all set.
This looks pretty nice, now let us see how the performance rates up.
This new design looks similar to an air boat on the bayou. Seriously, this look is so unique with the innovative fan frame, you can't help but look a little closer at it. The Freezer 64 has two twin brothers for the other chip sets that look almost identical. I would assume the performance is the same. Note there are no LED's or frills, so if you are looking for pretty light, you might want to find a different cooler. However, I think this cooler looks very "new-wavish." A nice stylish design.
We are going to use a variation of our normal cooler test. We will be using an AMD 3200 64Bit socket 754 CPU. I am not going to try and force an A zone climate, just because we are dealing with the 64bit CPU's and they run hot as it is. If you would like more details concerning the procedure we used, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org We are more then happy to answer any questions you may have.
Let us begin our testing. Our first results were just running the PC at an Idle temp with minimum services to see how the cooler performed with no stress. It does a fine job of keeping the CPU at 66C. This is used as a base line to see how well the cooler dissipates heat under full load.
Illustration 1.1 AC Freezer64 Idle CPU load temp. 66c.
Illustration 1.2 AC Freezer64 100% CPU usage Full Load temp. 69C
The AC Frrezer64 does an adequate job of cooling the CPU. However, it does border the critical temp range under load environment, but the most impressive part during the test was the silence. I am used to slightly louder coolers that perform comparably, so this was a nice change to see good performance and the noise levels so quiet. I wouldn't suggest over clocking with this heat pipe, but it will run well under normal settings. Please note that the internal case temp jumped dramatically during the test run without a huge increase in CPU temp. What this means is if you can get that heat out of the case, the CPU temp will run even better. The main reason for the increase on case temp is due to how our test is run. We do not use any extra cooling in our tests. To see just how the temp reacts if we used extra cooling would alter our outcome.
Arctic-cooling has always been known for a quality product. As in the past product we have reviewed, I didn't expect this cooler to let me down. I was correct. AC has great craftsmanship. As you can see, they even make solid packaging with an inner plastic shell surrounded by a cardboard box, preventing the cooler from moving to insure your cooler makes it to you undamaged. Please note like most of their products, AC goes to lengthy efforts to patent and properly create their innovative designs. This means that they spend more time making a product that performs exactly what it is intended to do.
Price is modest.
Easy to install. Uses stock mounts if using Box AMD 64
Superior packaging to decrease shipping damage.
Not really an over clocking cooler but does well under normal settings.
No Documentation (not needed if you have ever installed a AMD64).
If you need a silent, moderately priced cooler for your AMD64 CPU and are not planning on any serious over clocking, then this cooler is for you. It will perform better then a stock Box cooler and with less noise. The AC Freezer64 definitely earns our Blue Ribbon Seal of Approval for a quality, silent solution.
Rating: 5 and 1/2 out of 6 Stars almost perfect!!!!!!!!!!
Review Date: 01/15/05
Reviewer: pr101j (Paul)
Company Info: Scythe USA
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