In February of 2011 we tested a new cooler from the Swiss ARCTIC Company formerly known as Arctic Cooling. Back then Freezer 13 didn’t really make a big entrance, as it didn’t boast super-high cooling efficiency or very low level of noise. Nevertheless, we didn’t give it any negative feedback, because it cost relatively little money and therefore wasn’t expected to work any wonders.
At the same time, they announced a senior cooler model, ARCTIC Freezer 13 PRO, with a likely unlucky “13” model index in the name. And why we called it “unlucky”, you will soon find out.
Closer Look at ARCTIC Freezer 13 PRO
Packaging and Accessories
Although the company changed its name to ARCTIC, the packaging concept remained the same as before. All products are still sealed in clear plastic blisters with cardboard inserts inside:
This type of packaging is not particularly robust, because the plastic is fairly thin, but it allows you to see the entire cooler without opening the package or removing the cooler from it. The insert lists all cooler specifications, offers a few comparative performance charts and describes briefly the main distinguishing feature of the new cooler, which we are going to discuss later in this review.
At the bottom of the blister you see all bundled accessories including a plastic retention frame, user manual, four plastic mounts for the Intel platform, two steel brackets for the AMD platform and two screws:
ARCTIC Freezer 13 PRO is made in China. Its MSRP is set at $54.90 and covers 6-year warranty.
Technical Specifications and Recommended Pricing
The cooler specifications and pricing are summed up in the table below for your convenience: