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Overclocking On Air: 10 LGA 1156-Compatible Performance Coolers

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2

Putting a 92mm cooler up against the 120mm versions from your competitors takes guts, but that’s exactly what Arctic Cooling chose to do, even after being informed that our particular test would use a highly overclocked Core i7 processor. This is obviously a value play, as the company also produces a 120mm-based Freezer XTREME Rev.2 that costs almost twice as much. With a low Web price of around $25, we’re anxious to find out if this tiny unit can take the heat.

The Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 ships with thermal paste that is pre-applied and protected by a clear plastic cover. Removing the paste reveals a super-flat copper base with a finely-sanded finish.

Supporting Intel’s desktop LGA processors (775, 1156, and 1366) and AMD’s clip-on socket frame (939, AM2, AM2+, and AM3), the Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 is one of the few “performance” coolers that can replace a stock Intel cooler without removing the motherboard from a case.

Expansion plugs and wedges make bracket installation easy because low cooler weight and moderate spring pressure made a rear support plate unnecessary. Access to the front mounting screw is eased by unclipping the fan and extracting the wedges for bracket removal requires nothing more than a pair of long-nose pliers.

AMD fanatics will be a little more disappointed with their installation options, since the socket orientation of most AM2/AM3 motherboards will force them to mount the cooler with the fan blowing upwards from above the video card rather than in the proper cross-draft configuration.

  • kumaiti
    Not a single top down cooler?? That is disappointing, though I can already see the excuse: "they don't have as much performance as the tower coolers".
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  • mrgrey
    Argh - unbelievable! I literally just purchased my build on newegg, and they just posted this article. I bought the Arctic Cooling 7 over the Hyper 212+, not having seen the article yet.

    Hey Tom's - what temps are you getting at 3.2 GHz with the Arctic Cooling 7? Did you use arctic silver 5?
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  • barmaley
    Test settings page reads: CPU Intel Core i7-860, but CPU-Z screen shot under it reads Intel Core i7-870. Which one is it that you tested Tom?
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  • Is there an article testing thermal compounds?
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  • nzprogamer
    mrgreyArgh - unbelievable! I literally just purchased my build on newegg, and they just posted this article. I bought the Arctic Cooling 7 over the Hyper 212+, not having seen the article yet. Hey Tom's - what temps are you getting at 3.2 GHz with the Arctic Cooling 7? Did you use arctic silver 5?
    no worries there you will be fine
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  • nzprogamer
    i had the 212 and sunbermtech both were running really good and cool. but i would buy the sunbeamtech with the easy exchange fan kit.
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  • arkadi
    I just love to read toms old school articles like this one :)
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  • falchard
    What no Coolermaster V10 or Thermaltake SpinQ Vertical?
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  • Crashman
    kumaitiNot a single top down cooler?? That is disappointing, though I can already see the excuse: "they don't have as much performance as the tower coolers".falchardWhat no Coolermaster V10 or Thermaltake SpinQ Vertical?You would have to ask the manufacturers, since they picked the coolers.
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  • micky_lund
    prolimatech megahalems
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