Date: January 16th, 2005
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product Submitted by: SCYTHE USA <--Shop for a Freezer 7 from Scythe Here
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PRODUCT WALKTHROUGH & PICTORIAL (cont'd)
The upper radiator portion of this cooler consists of no less than forty 92mmx72mm aluminum plates which have a total approximate surface area of 2650 square centimeters. As you can see, the heatpipes are soldered directly through all of the plates. One thing I have to mention, why are the heatpipes so close together? Why were they not installed in each of the four corners? In stock form now, the heatpipes closer to the fan are blocking any airflow going to the heatpipes farther away from the fan.
This can be also illustrated through this photo. The heatsinks are concentrated in two small areas. With a little design tweak, a more efficient setup could be established with all of the heatpipes getting air exposure for direct cooling. I know the aluminum plates are there for that purpose, but airflow directly on the heatpipes could improve performance drastically. Don't get me wrong, this cooler is in no way a slacker, but a little ingenuity will go a long way.
Just a thought and my two cents for a better product.
This is what the Freezer 7 is up against seeing that Arctic Cooling is touting it as a more efficient and quieter alternative to what you get bundled with when you purchase a retail Intel processor.
With approximately 120 aluminum fins radiating from a mirror finished copper core, I personally find the copper core Intel cooler to be one of the best stock cooling solutions right out of the box. From what I have heard, not all LGA775 P4 processors come with the stock copper core cooler and they are usually bundled with the higher speed and Extreme Edition variety, but the copper core does not make this cooler so effective, but the design does.
The fan, although a little noisier than the Freezer 7, is not loud at all and can be only barely heard over your system case fans when at its' maximum speed. What I like is the fact that the fan cools the fins from the center all the way to the outer tips. With only around 30-35cfm being pushed through the stock fan at maximum speed, the efficiency of this cooler is where it accels.