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Item#: N82E16835186092
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
  • $26.99
  • $22.99
  • Save: $4.00 (15%)
  • $0.99 Shipping (restrictions apply)

Pros:

Mounting was fairly straight forward. Size was a little bigger than I imagined, but not too big. Easy fan removal makes installation and service simple. Long 4 pin fan lead. Low comparative cost.

Cons:

Package does not include back plate, and has a very small contact surface. I feel the heat pipes could have been staggered better for dissipation. Design seems to place a lot of torque on CPU surface. Contact surface not evenly polished. Fan / Sink mount is only 2 direction, to front of case or to the rear, no up or down.

Other Thoughts:

The design and included parts for this Fan/Sink involve removing existing mounts on your motherboard and reusing the screws and back-plate from those mounts. In my case it worked fine, but I now need to store those parts for possible future use. Seemed to be a cost cutting trick, not worth the saving to me. The contact surface is much smaller than expected. The area not much bigger than a nickel, seems small compared to the CPU, about a forth of the surface area. The AC website diagrams the actual processor being much smaller than the area of the external CPU face, maybe this is somehow more effective but seems counter intuitive. The instructions while clear enough, instruct that the sink be tighten down until they bottom out and can not be tightened any further. Illustrations actually show the proper way is for the two metal mounts to bow up when tightened. In fairness most mounts I've used before always left me wondering how tight to go, without having a definitive stopping point, so this is neither positive or negative. All in all I think my initial impression is was not positive, but the product went in easily, and mounted securely, so I can not call it negative either. Other than not being able to point the airflow up into the PSU fan as I would have preferred I can't really say anything is wrong with the function or feature of this fan/sink. In retrospect, I might have gone with the Cooler Master Hyper T4 instead, but other than not including it's own back-plate and screws and a seemingly small contact surface, I can not fault the product. I would like to see a future redesign correct these things but I have no doubt it will be more effective than stock AMD fan/sink.

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