ARCTIC Freezer Extreme Rev. 2 CPU Cooler Review

👤by Sahil Mannick Comments 📅07-04-12
Features and Specifications

What ARCTIC have to say about their cooler:

To offer enthusiasts an ultimate CPU cooler for extreme overclocking the Freezer XTREME Rev. 2 is especially designed to fulfil the highest requirements and needs.


•Unmatched cooling performance – 160 watts
•Unique twin tower 102-fin heatsink design
•Effective heat dissipation via 4 double sided heat pipes
•1 ultra-quiet 120mm PWM fan
•Patented fan holder eliminates the buzzing sounds
•Pre-applied MX-2 thermal compound
•Easy installation with push pins

Efficient Cooling
The unique heatsink design, consisting of 102 fins and 4 double-sided heat pipes offers a cooling performance far beyond the stock cooler. It can cool down CPUs with a heat dissipation of up to 160 Watts.

Minimum Noise
The central-mounted 120 mm fan with low noise impeller and a patented fan holder ensures quiet operation. Controlled by PWM, the fan runs between 800 and 1,500 RPM and runs silently even at full speed.

Easy Installation
The unique mounting system via push pins offers excellent stability and is applicable within a few minutes. The pre-applied ARCTIC MX-2 thermal compound makes the installation a quick and clean process.

Wide Compatibility
With the flexible mounting design, Freezer XTREME Rev.2 is compatible with Intel Socket 1366, 1155, 1156 and 775 as well as AMD Socket FM1, AM3+, AM3, AM2+, AM2, 939 and 754.


Socket Compatibility: AMD AM2/3/3+/FM1/939/754, Intel LGA 1155/1156/1366/775
Product Dimensions: 130 x 100 x 131 mm (L x W x H)
Package Dimensions with fan: 170 x115 x 180 mm (L x W x H)
Weight: 608g
Heat pipes: 4mm x 6pcs
Heatsink material: Aluminium fins x 102 - thickness 0.3mm, copper base and heat pipes
Fan dimensions: 120mm
Fan Speed: 800-1500R.P.M +/-10%
Air flow: 35.7CFM / 60.7mc/h
Bearing Type: Fluid Dynamic bearing
Fan Noise Level: 0.5 Sone
Connector: 4-pin PWM
Rated Voltage: 3.8-12 VDC
Limited warranty: 6 years

The ARCTIC Freezer Extreme Rev.2 boasts a number of features that are further testaments to the company’s goal. The 120mm fan is catered towards silence thanks to its PWM functionality and modest rotational speed of 800-1500RPM. The fan is also rated at 0.5 Sone. Conventionally, noise is measure by sound pressure in decibels but ARCTIC have gone for a more subjective measurement whereby the Sone represents a measurement of perceived loudness. Unfortunately, this cannot be easily or directly converted to the normal measurement in of sound pressure due to the way it is measured in the first place but as a rough estimate, 0.5 Sone is around 24dBA. The Freezer Extreme is a mere 131mm which impressively is 5mm shorter than the Cooler Master Hyper TX3! Its efficiency relies on 102 aluminium fins spread over two stacked arrays which in turn make the heatsink 100mm deep. Since the fan is positioned in the middle of the two stacks, users should have no issues with memory compatibility as we will see later on.

Other key highlights of the features list are its weight at a mere 608g and the wide compatibility with motherboards despite its push-pin mechanism.

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