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So, this is a tower-design cooler measuring 123x96x130 millimeters at about 700 grams of weight.



The cooler has four copper heat pipes, 6 millimeters in diameter, that go through its copper base. There are 45 aluminum fins, 0.45 millimeters thick and 1.8 millimeters apart, on the pipes. A plastic frame with a fan is attached to one side of the Freezer 13.


You can note that the heatsink is somewhat larger than the 92x92x25mm fan but the air flow is going to be distributed uniformly among the fins thanks to the plastic fan frame and the blank sides of the heatsink. The fins at the bottom of the cooler are smaller, obviously to make it compatible with mainboards that have tall heatsinks on power components near the CPU socket.

The heat pipes do not form a straight line, which is meant to facilitate the uniform distribution of thermal flow from the heat pipes to the fins, but Arctic Cooling might have put the pipes even farther from each other to achieve a stronger effect.


The fins are press-fitted on the heat pipes which lie in grooves and are soldered to the cooler’s base.

The copper plate below the pipes is at least 2.5 millimeters thick. As you can see in the photo, there is already some thermal grease on the cooler’s sole. The manufacturer says this is Arctic MX-4, a high-end thermal interface from Arctic Cooling itself. The amount of grease is so generous that you can remove more than half of it right away. The excess grease will be squeezed out at the edges anyway.


The cooler's contact spot is 32x30 millimeters large. It is flat but not finished perfectly.

The Arctic Freezer 13 is compatible with all modern platforms including the new LGA1155. The installation procedure is detailed in the included guide. It is in fact very simple. For example, in order to install the cooler on any Intel platform, you first take off the fan frame from the heatsink by unfastening the stiff plastic locks. Then you insert the included plastic frame into the mounting holes in the mainboard and fix it with the included locks.

The cutouts in the frame allow you to move the locks about to adjust them to your mainboard which can be LGA775, 1155, 1156 or 1366. After that you just put the heatsink down on the CPU and fasten it with two screws to the frame. Finally, you attach the frame with fan to the heatsink. That’s all. The symmetrical mounting holes on Intel platforms allow orienting the cooler in any of the four possible ways.

When installing the Freezer 13 on an AMD platform, you use the two included steel plates which are fastened to the cooler’s base and are hitched up to the prongs of the standard plastic frame. In this case, the cooler’s orientation is limited to two positions and will largely depend on the position of the CPU socket on the mainboard.

I’ve mentioned above that the cooler is compact in its bottom part. I can also add that the installed Freezer 13 does not block the first memory slot on the mainboard:

Here is how it looks inside my system case:

The Arctic Freezer 13 lacks any highlighting but supports PWM-based speed management within a range of 600 to 2000 RPM at a max air flow of 36.4 CFM and a noise level of 0.5 sones. The service life of the fan’s fluid dynamic bearing is not specified but it shouldn't be shorter than the warranty period of the Freezer 13 itself, which is 6 years.

That’s all I can tell you about the first product. Let’s now take a look at the second one.

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