Pressure Problems: Arctic Freezer 50 CPU Cooler Review & Benchmarks

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Shared April 6, 2021

The Arctic Freezer 50 (non-TR version) really needs some work. Arctic has a strong liquid cooling CPU cooler lineup, but this air cooler has pressure and assembly weaknesses.
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Our review of the Arctic Freezer 50 specifically benchmarks the AM4/Intel version, but be advised that there is also a Threadripper ("Freezer 50 TR") version out there. We have not tested the Threadripper one and so can't speak to its quality at this time -- but we can talk about the Freezer 50 as it pertains to its desktop CPU (non-HEDT) cooling capabilities. The Freezer 50 competes most directly vs. the Scythe FUMA 2 (which we reviewed), and at the higher-end, more expensive competition includes the Noctua NH-D15, Deepcool Assassin III, and similar. We're still working towards uncovering the "best" CPU coolers for our eventual 2021 round-up, but for now, the list is shaping-up pretty well.

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00:00​ – Immediate Design Flaw
04:51​ – Mechanics & Fin Stack Sizing of the Freezer 50
07:18​ – Installation on AMD & Intel
08:59​ – Issues with Pressure Distribution
10:45​ – 200W Noise-Normalized Arctic Freezer 50 Benchmark
11:26​ – 200W Load VRM Thermals
12:42​ – 200W Load at 100% Fan Speed (Arctic vs. Noctua, etc.)
13:55​ – Coldplate Flatness Testing on Arctic Freezer 50
14:51​ – Coldplate Close-Up
15:20​ – 123W Noise-Normalized Heat Load
16:26​ – Conclusion: Arctic Freezer 50 CPU Cooler

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Writing, Test Lead, Host: Steve Burke
Testing: Mike Gaglione
Additional Writing: Patrick Stone
Video: Keegan Gallick, Andrew Coleman