Arctic Freezer 13 CPU Cooler
Author: Jakob Barnard
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 12-02-2010
Provided by: Arctic Cooling
Testing – Comparison Unit

As previously stated, I am comparing the Arctic Freezer 13 to the Noctua NH-U9B SE2. Before each test, I made sure the temperature got back to an idle baseline (or up to when I turned the machine off) as the room ambient temperature stayed consistent and the baseline of 32-33 degrees Celsius is normal.

I am using three applications for testing. Core Temp 0.99.7, MaxCpu, and AMD OverDrive. It is also important to note, I really won’t be talking much about fan speeds here. That is because both are claim to be ultra-quiet fans. With the Noctua, I have disabled the smart-fan control and leave the fans running at 100%. This has proved quiet enough that I can’t even hear it with the case fans turned off. The Freezer 13 was slightly audible with all of the case fans turned off, but it is also turning at 400rpms higher. With the case fans re-enabled I was no longer able to hear it.

The Noctua baseline at idle was 32 degrees C.

At stock speeds with MaxCPU for 10 minutes, the temperature got up to and settled at 47 degrees Celsius. In this screenshot I also captured the temp of the GPU to see if there was any impact. In further screenshots it isn’t included because neither cooler had an impact on the GPU temperature. It stayed consistent at 43 degrees Celsius throughout testing.

For overclocking testing, I picked a fairly mild overclock. I slightly overvolted from stock 1.4 vcore to 1.5 then I bumped the multiplier from the stock 16x to 18x. This produced a stable 3.6ghz overclock. I let it sit a few minutes until I confirmed that it was indeed settling at a 37 degree Celsius as the new baseline temperature. Note this is a 5 degree temperature bump from the non-OC’ed baseline.

Now, I cranked the MaxCpu back on and let it go for 10 minutes again. The temperature settled and maintained itself at 55.5 degrees Celsius. This is an increase of 8.5 degrees from the baseline.

On the next page we will see how the Freezer 13 stacks up.

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