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ARCTIC Freezer A11 CPU Cooler for AMD, 150W Cooling Capacity, 3 Direct Touch Heatpipes, <23dBA Fan Noise

  • 3 Double-Sided Direct-Touch Heatpipes for Fast & Efficient Heat Dissipation
  • 92mm PWM Fan on Vibration-Dampened Mount Operating at <23dBA
  • Transport-Proof Mounting Mechanism Secure Cooler

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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  • Aaron R.
  • 9/23/2015 5:58:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsCool and Quiet, but feels cheap

Pros: Finally got it installed in a working system. Wasn't super difficult to install. Does a decent job of cooling. Bios said it was 19C with the side panel off. Hasn't gone over 35C yet [that I've seen]
Super quiet! Haven't done anything super intensive yet to listen to it rev up, but either was it's quieter than my old Rosewill.
Not super big like the EVO's.

Cons: While not super difficult to install, it's annoying to have to take the fan off to reach one screw. Fan doesn't slide off easily, catching every slot of the heatsink on it's way, which feel like they could bend. Whole thing feels cheap and almost brittle in your hand.
On my 970 Gaming board the fan hits the first Ram chip [X-skill w/dissipater], so the fan isn't 100% seated on the top of the heatsink.
Cord is about 3 inches longer than necessary. Had to wrap it around the fan and plug it in to keep it out of the way.
No sign of being catastrophic yet, but one of the pipes isn't flush with the rest at the bottom. You can see and feel a lip between the center and left pipe.

Other Thoughts: For the price vs performance, this is a great deal! I feel like I just didn't get a great one due to the uneven base - but I have a habit of stuff like that xP

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  • Bryan L.
  • 8/19/2015 12:26:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsFlange is uneven

Pros: Has great reviews, nice design and specs.

Cons: CPU flange is uneven and appears to be badly machined. Using a straightedge, only the center tube touches the processor...the outer two are a fraction of a mm away.

I can't tell if this is by design as Arctic tech support has not contacted me back. I have to pay for a return to Newegg even if defective so I'm stuck with it.

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  • Ryan B.
  • 8/14/2015 7:49:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great cooler. Fits perfectly inside my micro ATX case and with only two fans keeps my AMD FX-6300 running at around 55F idle and around 75F under heavy load. Well worth the extra money over coolers for the same socket.

Cons: None. Its quiet and very efficient

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  • Jeffrey S.
  • 8/3/2015 11:41:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSurprisingly OK for the cost

Pros: Direct copper contact with CPU heatsink surface
Big quiet fan
Fan can blow from either side of pipe cooler heatsink fins.
Cools AMD FX-6300 CPU at 20 to 32 C playing videos ect
Huge pipe cooler heatsink.
Even though it's only 3 copper pipes, they work good. Heavy gaming might need a bigger footprint like four copper pipe.

Cons: 3 pipes does not cover very much of the AMD CPU heatsink.
Next time I'll get the four pipe at least for a little more coverage..

Installation was cumbersome. Hard to line up six holes at once and tighten 4 evenly and screws are slightly under the edge of the fins. Had to leave all 4 loose to align, not 2 as the "manual" states.

This setup does not cool the North Bridge heatsink. The original at least blew some air over it. You may have to install a side cover case fan.

Cooler fins are not copper.

Other Thoughts: I was surprised how efficient this cooler is with only 3 copper pipes but I only got this to cut costs and it works good so I will leave it on.
Make sure you have air blowing on the North Bridge near the CPU. I had to install a very small fan right on top of it and it is cooler than ever.

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  • Raymond R.
  • 7/29/2015 5:13:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsAbsolutely Essential

Pros: Very quiet-maxes out at around 2,000 RPM. Installation was fairly simple. If you properly order the removal of the stock cooling bracket screws, you can finesse the backing plate problem without accessing the back of the mainboard.
Exhausts straight out the back of my case into a big Corsair fan. Large, but t unreasonably sized, it went into my old Cooler Master Stacker 810-you could install a ceiling fan in that beast :) The price is a pittance. It could easily cost twice what it does, and it would still be worthwhile.

Cons: None that I've found.

Other Thoughts: This is my fourth or fifth AC CPU cooler. I've had (have, actually) (2) Arctic 64s and an old (8 years and counting) Freezer 7. They're all quiet and just keep going. Probably the best price/performance ratio out there. Highly recommended products.

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  • Jeffrey S.
  • 7/27/2015 4:04:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBetter than OEM

Pros: his is very good inexpensive cooler and does the job. Cools my AMD FX-6300 very well. @ less than 20 C at idle and 30 C under normal loads. It is really big, has a great quiet fan and fairly easy to install.
The heat sink is HUGE.

Cons: Small footprint. Only covers 50% of the CPU heatsink.I little tricky getting the mounting studs to align.
Thermal grease is not arctic silver so you should some Arctic Silver too

Other Thoughts: Next time I will get at least the 4 pipe as this 3 pipe has too small a footprint and only covers part of the processor heatsink but that does not seem to be a problem yet.

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  • Robert S.
  • 7/20/2015 6:31:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood power, poor installation design

Pros: It is very quiet, the price was reasonable, and it seems to have good airflow over generous fins.

Cons: What a terrible design.

It hangs over the memory but isn't tall enough to clear taller memory chips.

To install it, you have to remove the factory supports, which causes the CPU backing plate to drop away. You have to take the motherboard out and hold the backing plate up to attach their replacement supports, which don't seem as sturdy as the original supports.

Proper positioning is dependent on shifting and holding the support plates with over-large screw holes positioned correctly while you tighten them and hope they don't shift as you tighten. You can't check the position while you tighten, you have to position, remove the piece, tighten, and re-check, and keep loosening and repeating that cycle until it has stayed in place correctly.

When you finally have it all together, the ZIF release lever is blocked, so if you want to replace (or even just re-seat) your CPU you will have to remove the brackets and go through the whole install process again.

Other Thoughts: I imagine for some motherboards the fit is OK, it depends on where the memory is located and how tall it is for the memory clearance problem, and the CPU back plate wouldn't be a problem if the motherboard had very low clearance in the case and couldn't drop far, but the adjustment method and blocking the ZIF lever are problems for all installs. There's no excuse for shipping a design this bad. At $20 I doubt I'll bother to RMA it, but I certainly regret my purchase.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/24/2015 8:35:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Easy install
Very good cooling capability

Cons: Mounting screws are can come loose. Fixed it by adding split washers on them. But this is just because I move my computer around a lot and transport it to and from school.

Other Thoughts: Probably the next best air cooler next to the 212 (imo)
which unfortunately, won't fit in my case. Will definitely be sticking with this brand.

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  • Tyler D.
  • 6/22/2015 10:51:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsPerformance for the Price is Astounding

Pros: Great performance and an incredible price. Installation went smoothly, though it didn't go as fast as installing a stock AMD cooler. Very quiet and doesn't look bad at all. Idle temps are extremely cool, load temps are fantastic as well.

The instructions included are well written and illustrated to walk you through the otherwise painless installation. Even comes with a little packet of MX-4 Thermal Paste, which is performing admirably so far.

6 Year Warranty is nice too.

Cons: -The Installation might be a little tricky for those without a foldout motherboard tray, my case does, fortunately.

-Although not a con for everyone, the fan's wire is about a foot long, and kind of unnecessary.

Other Thoughts: I bought this to replace my aging and fouling Arctic Freezer 64 Pro. The bearing was going and making an awful noise. The fan lasted quite a long time; close to 5 or 6 years. I figured going with another Arctic CPU cooler was a solid choice, and I was right. Temperatures are about 6-7 degrees lower under load and the fan is much quieter. In fact the only time you can hear the fan on this baby is when it's spinning near 100%.


CPU: AMD FX-6300 @4.2GHz (1.375v vcore)

Ambient Temp: 73F
Idle Socket: 35C
Idle Core: Room Temperature!

Load socket: 58C
Load core: 48C

Installation Tips:
You have to remove the plastic retention bracket from the motherboard to install this heatsink. This is extremely easy and involves removing 4 screws. If you remove all four, however, the rear mount on the motherboard will come lose and could fall out of place. Instead of loosening all 4, loosen 3 (remove one piece of the bracket). Then place the plastic spacers and install the new metal bracket on one side. Then proceed to remove the final 4th screen and remaining plastic bracket. This ensures the rear mount doesn't fall or move out of place.

Overall, very happy with this purchase. For the price, the performance on a decently overclocked CPU is impressive. Would absolutely recommend.

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  • Yanick J.
  • 6/3/2015 7:57:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat cheap cooler

Pros: I bought this to replace my stock cooler and am very satisfied with the result: my FX-4100 is now 10 degrees lower than before!

Cons: None that I can think of.

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