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arctic-cooling Freezer 64

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Scythe

   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.

Specs:

Model Name:
Freezer 64
Application:
all AMD Sempron (Socket 754)
AMD Athlon 64 up to 5000+
AMD Athlon 64 up to FX-59
AMD Opteron
Heat Sink:

92 x 72 x 120 mm
Fan:
77 x 77 x 42 mm
Overall Dimensions:

92 x 114 x 120 mm
Rated Fan Speed:

2200 RPM
Power Consumption:

0.13 Amp.
Air Flow:

32 CFM / 55 m3/h
Weight:

460 g
Noise Level:

1.0 Sone
Thermal Resistance:

0.20°C/Watt

Feature:

 

Extremely Quiet
The low speed 80 mm fan reduces the noise level to a minimum.
The patented fan holder is able to practically eliminate the typical buzzing sound of 80mm fans.
Patent No 203 07 981 U1 (Germany)
Patent No 10/834 232 (USA)

Powerful Cooling
The Heat Pipes with expanded diameter are able to transfer heat up to 200 Watt. The heat exchanger is built of 40 fins and consists of a surface area of over 5000 cm2 and allows for resistance free energy transfer to air.


Low Weight
In the high performance range of coolers, this cooler count as featherweights with less than 500 gr which avoids mainboard socket problems.
Easy Installation

The cooler is to install without any tools within seconds.
Long Lifetime

 

Product page


Price:

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.

 

Installation:

   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.

 

Appearance:

   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.

Performance:

  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 preitschky@marnscda.com 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.

Quality:

   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.

Pros:

Extremely quiet.

Price is modest.

Easy to install. Uses stock mounts if using Box AMD 64

Innovative design.

Superior packaging to decrease shipping damage.

Cons:

Not really an over clocking cooler but does well under normal settings.

No Documentation (not needed if you have ever installed a AMD64).

Conclusion:

   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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Contact Info

 

Customers within the USA & Canada
Hours 9:00am - 5:00pm PST, Monday - Friday
Phone 1-310-792-8682 (Plese e-mail us for questions)
Fax 1-310-792-7016
URL www.scythe-usa.com
Sales Dept. sales@scythe-usa.com (preferred method)
Support Dept. support@scythe-usa.com (preferred method)
General Inquiry Reseller inquiry/Product review, please send an e-mail.
Location

21250 Hawthorne Blvd., Suite 700, Torrance, CA 90503 USA

 
 
Customers outside of the USA & Canada
Please contact Scythe Headquarters for further information.
Phone +81-3-5298-7415
Fax +81-3-3253-1910
URL http://www.scythe.co.jp/
Address: Crane Suehiro BLDG 3F, 4-8-5 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-0021, JAPAN
E-mail: sales@scythe.co.jp

 

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End Customers

Before contacting us please consult all the relevant information found under the corresponding product.

For questions regarding our products please contact us per email at:
in English: help.english@arctic-cooling.com
in German: help.deutsch@arctic-cooling.com

Technical questions sent to
info@arctic-cooling.com
will not be answered!


Dealers

For questions regarding our products or feedback please contact us per email at:
dealer@arctic-cooling.com
 

Distributors & Assemblers /System Builders

ARCTIC COOLING Switzerland AG
Huobstrasse 4
8808 Pfäffikon, Switzerland
Fax: +41 55 420 42 88
eMail: info@arctic-cooling.com


ARCTIC COOLING HK Ltd.

Unit 712-713, Cyberport 1
Pokfulam, Hong Kong
Phone: +852 29896077
Fax: +852 29896055

 

 

 

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