When the origionl Arctic Freezer 7 Pro was first doing the rounds, all in one liquid coolers didn’t even exist, and even heat pipe equipped heatsinks were still relatively new.
The original cooler was a great bit of kit, though, offering decent cooling for under 50. Enabling people to bin their CPU’s stock cooler and get lower noise levels and better cooling.
Today, its replacement still costs the right side of £20, while taking aim at stock coolers and shaving a tenner or two off the price of cheap 120mm heatsinks.
It’s still a compact 92mm cooler, though, so while ARCTIC claims it offers 10 per cent more cooling capacity than the original 115W TDP-rated Freezer 7 Pro, you won’t want to pair it with an overclocked Core i9-9900K or Ryzen 9 3950X.
However, its height of just 133mm makes it ideal for smaller cases. Where you’re otherwise limited to low-profile or AIO liquid coolers that can cost significantly more.
Interestingly, ARCTIC has also moved away from three 6mm heatpipes to just two, but they’re now in direct contact with your CPU’s heat-spreader. Meanwhile, the 92mm PWM fan features a fluid dynamic bearing and is very quiet indeed, even at its full speed of 2,000rpm.
Installation is blissfully simple, as no rear mounting plate is required. For Socket AM4, two clips hook directly onto the standard motherboard mounting arms. A sturdy pushpin-secured bracket is first fitted for LGA115x sockets, but it uses the same clips on the cooler, which are tightened using screws once you’ve hooked them in place. We were up and running in under a minute on both our test systems without a sore finger in sight.
Compatibility: Intel: LGA115x; AMD: Socket AM4, AM3/+, AM2/+, FM2/+, FM1
Heatsink size with fans (mm): 111 x 74 x 133 (W x D x H)
Fans: 1 x 92mm
Stated noise: 22.5dBA
Thermal paste is pre-applied to the contact plate, which saves time, but means you’ll need to buy more paste should you swap CPUs. The cooler is also compatible with Intel’s upcoming LGA1200 socket.
In our LGA1151 system, the Freezer 7 X was 9°C warmer than the Corsair A500 we tested recently, and while this is a big margin, it still just about tamed our overclocked Core i5-9600K for a quarter of the price.
Our overclocked 8-core Ryzen 7 1700 presented just as tough a challenge, but again the Freezer 7 X stayed within 10°C of the Corsair cooler. Here, we also strapped the stock Ryzen 7 1700 cooler to our test system and, within a minute, the CPU topped 100°C, while the Freezer 7 X only just topped 90°C after ten minutes.
- Great value
- Easy installation
- Quiet at full speed
- Struggles with some overclocked CPUs
- No extra thermal paste provided
Our overclocked test CPUs pushed the Freezer 7 X to its limits, but it coped well. It’s ideal for stock-speed 6-core and 8-core CPUs, and it could cope with overclocked Ryzen 5 CPUs. If you’re looking for a wallet—friendly upgrade that’s quiet and miles better than a stock cooler, and you’re not looking for huge overclocks, the Freezer 7 X is a fantastic choice.
Verdict: Excellent value and decent cooling – a great, affordable upgrade over a stock cooler.