As processors get faster, they almost invariably get hotter. That's one of the problems with overclocking. This makes aftermarket air and water cooling very nice. Today, Mike MacKenzie reviews the Arctic Cooling Freezer 64, ready to cool your 64-bit and dual-core AMD processors.
With the release of dual-core processors, aftermarket coolers have gone through upgrades in order to accommodate for the additional heat. The second processor core creates more heat to be transferred from the CPU to the heatsink. Heatpipes were used to help dramatically reduce processor temperatures while overclocking, and they allowed the use of processors on up into the 3800+ range. The basic dual-core processors start at the 3800+ range and will continue on up to the 5000+ range, so a new cooler was needed to eliminate the increasing heat.
Arctic Cooling is one of the most respected aftermarket cooling companies on the market. Their products are designed with the Swiss art of engineering, and they display the highest level of quality in all aspects of their product, from design to mechanics and style. Any Arctic Cooling product is recognizable without even looking at a logo. Their products are all similar in style and functionality for the past few years, and as some may say, if it isnít broke, donít try to fix it.
Arctic Cooling packages their coolers in a stylish box. The heatsink is secured in place with plastic form fitted to prevent the heatsink from moving during shipping.
Today we have an Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro heatsink in the test bed. A few new features are integrated into the new design; itís much more than just a few additional heatpipes and a larger fan. The new design has many unique features to provide even better temperatures, reduce noise levels significantly and, reduce surrounding component temperatures. Letís take a closer look at everything.
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