Arctic puts CPUs on ice with its Liquid Freezer coolers

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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