Date: September 26th, 2008
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
The cooler itself is relatively compact and the push-pin mounting system is integrated into the base with a pivoting bracket to assure that the base remains flat and square in the IHS of the processor. The aluminum fins appear to be fully soldered to the copper heatpipes, promoting optimum heat transfer. The PWM fan leads are sleeved with a black mesh material and terminate n a 4-pin connector.
The fan mounting solution is quite ingenious. A rubber post securely fastens the fan to the frame, yet keeps any vibrations from being transferred to the cooler.
The fan can easily be removed from the heatsink, providing access to the underlying push-pins. After the ‘sink is secured to the board, the fan and bracket can them be snapped back in place, greatly simplifying installation.
Arctic Cooling ships the Freezer 7 Pro with a pre-applied layer of their excellent MX-2 thermal compound. (Stay tuned for an upcoming review of this non-metallic product.)
Since I'll be using another brand of thermal compound during testing, I've removed the MX-2 to get a look at the base finish. While not mirror-finished, the base is dead flat and the surface should provide good heat transfer. With the push-pins latched through the motherboard mounting holes, the spring action of the bracket arms will provide ample pressure for good cooling.