Cooling has been a rather hot subject for many users, from amateurs
to experienced ones. As we all know, both AMD and Intel are offering
coolers at their retail package, these coolers are sufficient for
everyday use. However recently there are so many different needs to be
covered that we have seen enormous growth in the cooling
systems world. There's no doubt that the market is very strong and
while most CPU coolers are priced low, there is a higher demand for
less noise and increased performance. After receiving a great
number of emails,
we decided to perform a rather "big" roundup with many different
coolers from well known and established companies. We will how they
perform with as much as possible accurate measurements and correct
testing methodology. More on
this later, lets meet our first contender.
- AC Freezer 7 Pro
AC Freezer 7 Pro is a well known CPU cooler. We have already reviewed AC Freezer 7 Pro in the past.
For your convenience we'll sum up its most important features. The AC
Freezer 7 Pro consists of a copper base with six heatpipes ending up in
aluminum fins. We would say that it has a rather typical design and
it's easy to install. The CPU cooler has PMW function that allows it to
operate very well producing low levels of noise, depending on the work
load. All this of course if the
motherboard supports this function.
- Full specifications
104 x 58 x 126.5 mm
107 x 43.5 x 96 mm
107 x 96.5 x 126.5 mm
|Rated Fan Speed:
900 - 2500 RPM (PWM)
45 CFM / 77 m3/h
|Thermal Interface Material:
Pre-applied MX-1 Paste
- Retail package
The retail package of AC Freezer 7 Pro is rather simple and doesn't include much, only an installation guide and the ARCTIC MX-1
thermal compound preapplied. Of course this was removed in order to
perform all CPU coolers tests with the same thermal compound.
As we said earlier, the base is fully made of copper and the three U-shaped heatpipes should absorb and release heat very efficient.
The four rubber connectors on the fan base act as vibration
dampers preventing vibrations from being transfered to the heatsink and to the system. Surprisingly,
this works rather well and the noise that comes from that CPU cooler is quite low.
A closer look at the base. AC Cooling has included the MX-1 thermal paste, which was left for all tests:
The AC Freezer 7 Pro installation process is very simple. For best
results it's advised to remove the fan (it's very simple) for
securing the cooler at the motherboard. Note that the white plastic fasteners
bend too easily so it takes some time until you align all
four to complete the task. Make sure to hear the clicking sound that
indicates that all four plastic fasteners are at the same depth and
therefore at the correct position. If you miss one, the cooling
performance is highly affected.
Due to its design, it's very possible that you need to rotate the fan
until you would be able to fit it. In our case we did noticed that the
right side of the cooler was very close to the motherboard's
copper heatsinks, I guess you could bend the aluminium fins to avoid
After that you can finally attach the rotating fan to the cpu cooler. This is very easy, nothing to worry about.
Installing the whole structure to our case, can unveil how big and
how empty space was left from the cpu cooler. As we can see there is
enough room around the cpu cooler.
The height of the cooler is not that big...
|Copper Base quality