Overclocking On Air: 10 LGA 1156-Compatible Performance Coolers

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2

Putting a 92mm cooler up against the 120mm versions from your competitors takes guts, but that’s exactly what Arctic Cooling chose to do, even after being informed that our particular test would use a highly overclocked Core i7 processor. This is obviously a value play, as the company also produces a 120mm-based Freezer XTREME Rev.2 that costs almost twice as much. With a low Web price of around $25, we’re anxious to find out if this tiny unit can take the heat.

The Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 ships with thermal paste that is pre-applied and protected by a clear plastic cover. Removing the paste reveals a super-flat copper base with a finely-sanded finish.

Supporting Intel’s desktop LGA processors (775, 1156, and 1366) and AMD’s clip-on socket frame (939, AM2, AM2+, and AM3), the Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 is one of the few “performance” coolers that can replace a stock Intel cooler without removing the motherboard from a case.

Expansion plugs and wedges make bracket installation easy because low cooler weight and moderate spring pressure made a rear support plate unnecessary. Access to the front mounting screw is eased by unclipping the fan and extracting the wedges for bracket removal requires nothing more than a pair of long-nose pliers.

AMD fanatics will be a little more disappointed with their installation options, since the socket orientation of most AM2/AM3 motherboards will force them to mount the cooler with the fan blowing upwards from above the video card rather than in the proper cross-draft configuration.

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  • mi1ez
    Is the Titan Fenrir unavailable in the US, or is it just ignored...
  • jimishtar
    i have the mugen 2 coolin my q9400 @ 3,2 GHz at auto voltage. temps are ~40 idle, ~62 load, but watch out - its PASSIVE, honey ! no fans on it, its sheer size is taking all the heat away, although the case is HAF 932.
  • redkachina
    Sunbeam core contact freezer includes 1156 bracket? I've been trying to find those adapter for some time-even tried emailing Sunbeam's tech support.. and now it showed up in Tom's.. anyone have any links of online retailers selling em'??
  • Silvune
    Very useful article.
  • frankgl
    I use a Cooler Master Hyper TX3, which keeps my CoreI5 750 at 29-32 degrees C. It is not overclocked, but it certainly leaves a lot of room with temps that low.
  • brianthesnail
    great review...i have the freezer 7 pro(lga775) cooling my pentium D 915( oc to 3.2ghz) and it does a sterling job keeping the cpu,s idle temp at just 29°C...rising to 47°C(max)at full load..
    i was looking at the corsair H50 however why fix it when its not broken....
    that said i would choose the Scythe Mugen-2 if i had to replace the freezer 7 pro.....
    good article !
  • Anonymous
    Since I hear nothing but good things about the Titan Fenrir I am a little disappointed to not see it in this test...
  • Anonymous
    why dont they have the prolimatech mega shadow in there?

    i5 750 @ 3.6ghz @ 26 degrees in my pc best cooler available imo for 1156
  • abhi_jollyguy
    Well, It's a very nice review. As we all knows that Noctua NH-D14 beats Prolimatech Megahalem by near about 2-4 degree C so may be that is why they have not included Megahalem in this test but overall a very nice review and from this review I have decided to buy Scythe Mugen 2 Revision B.
  • thelivingflesh
    the freezer 7 looks neat with the white fan specially if you have the accellero xxx edition of inno3d graphic cards!
  • bateman82
    I have bought this one and are getting it tomorrow. Will be interesting to see the temp after installing Scythe mugen because now I have a some piece of shit to cooler and fan that keeps my 2,8 ghz processor at a 80 temp when full process and around 60~ in idle.. Plus it sounds like an airplane when the fan is on :P So this will be interesting and appreciated with a new cooler. Nice review!
  • olivierhacking
    im not sure if I should get the hyper 212 plus or scythe mugen 2 rev b. the scythe costs me 50 euro and the hyper 212 plus just 30 euro. Is the scythe worth the almost double price? I am planning to overclock my i7 860 to 3.8ghz. And I am fine with cpu temperatures which are not above 70 C
  • Anonymous
    great review, thanks. which PWM fan did you use to replace the thermalright one?
  • niko935
    noctua is one best cooler
    watch my noctua