Arctic Cooling Freezer XTREME Rev. 2 Review - Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

The Arctic Freezer XTREME is definitely one of the better looking twin tower coolers to come out recently.  It has a well-designed mounting system, and installs effortlessly on both Intel and AMD sockets.  The pre-applied MX-2 thermal paste is a nice touch, but I know many enthusiasts are generally not the biggest fans of pre-applied thermal paste, and may remove it anyways.  The base is smooth and appears very flat, and I like that it is all copper, and should ensure optimal thermal transfer directly from the CPU.  The fins are very sturdy, and the outer plastics ensure that the flow stays "inside" the cooler, which should increase the pressure, which will help wick heat away from the heatpipes.  The fan also provides good airflow at low RPMs, and is one of the quieter coolers I have tested, behind Noctua's coolers with their premium fans, but for a much higher price.

Our testing on a power-hungry and "hot" processor, the Phenom X4 9600 BE, showed that the Freezer XTREME is a very capable cooler.  It's decent sized, but far less than many of the massive multi-tower coolers out there today, and its efficiency is a strong point!

Pros:

  • Looks great
  • Pre-applied thermal paste
  • Copper base
  • Sturdy Fins
  • Very Quiet

 

Cons:

  • Fan cable not sleeved
  • Cannot replace fan with a different fan

 

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