Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Arctic Cooling
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
Mr. Bones likes the impressive size of the Freezer 13 Pro, but is a bit taken aback at the proprietary fan/shroud unit, precluding the user from swapping fans easily. This isn't a big deal for me, as the fan is a high-quality fluid dynamic unit with PWM control that should have a long, trouble-free life. The cooler also comes with a 6-year warranty that should put user's minds at ease.
Here's a detail of the 50mm “Cross Blow” fan that's incorporated into the base design. Both the main 120mm and Cross Blow are PWM controlled and there is a Y-connector incorporated into the power cable to allow the fans to be separated for installation purposes.
Since we'll be using AS5 thermal compound for the testing, I went ahead and removed the pre-applied compound to get a look at the base finish. The base is smooth and dead flat, but lacks the highly polished finish we see on some products. As you can see, the large heatpipes are securely soldered to the copper baseplate and the heavy steel mounting lugs should provide a robust mount.
Four 8mm copper heatpipes are arranged in a staggered fashion to take advantage of the airflow generated by the 120mm fan, and the sides of the fin array are closed off to keep airflow moving through the entire width of the array. A rather deep V fin design would seem to direct airflow to the center of the array, away from the ‘pipes, but I'm noe engineer and I'm sure that the Arctic Cooling folks know what they are doing.