Arctic puts CPUs on ice with its Liquid Freezer coolers

— 9:08 AM on November 5, 2015

Arctic Cooling is already known for its CPU and graphics card air coolers, and now the company is putting its stamp on all-in-one liquid coolers, as well. The Liquid Freezer 120 and Liquid Freezer 240 pair fairly standard-looking water blocks and radiators with Arctic's own fans—a combo that the company says makes these coolers "the quietest and most powerful in their class." That's a bold claim. Let's see how Arctic justifies it.

The Freezer 120 pairs a thick 49-mm radiator with two of Arctic's F12 120-mm PWM fans. According to the company's own testing, the Freezer 120 performs as well as Corsair's H75 all-in-one cooler on top of a loaded Core i7-5930K while producing 30 dB of noise versus the H75's 36.5 dB. Taking those numbers with a grain of salt, that performance is probably thanks in part to the Arctic cooler's thickness advantage—for comparison, the H75's heat exchanger is 25 mm thick.

Most 240-mm all-in-one coolers make do with a pair of 120-mm fans, but Arctic ups the ante to four spinners on the Freezer 240. This big boy's radiator is also thicker than the average 240-mm unit, at 38mm. Compare that to our commonly employed Cooler Master Nepton 240M's 27-mm thick rad. Arctic once again claims that the Freezer 240 can keep a Core i7-5930K chillier than competing coolers in exchange for 30 dB of noise. The combination of four fans and a thick radiator might make a stack that's too tall to fit in some cases, though.

These all-in-ones bear more than a passing resemblance to Asetek's 570LC and 570LX coolers, a fact that's not so surprising given Asetek's existing relationship with Arctic Cooling. Both coolers are already available for order on Arctic's website. The Freezer 120 costs $86, while the Freezer 240 runs $100.

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