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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Arctic Freezer 50 on Amazon: https://geni.us/dL6sbm
Scythe FUMA 2 on Amazon: https://geni.us/5qM0v
Noctua NH-D15 Cooler on Amazon: https://geni.us/4VUjCZ
Arctic Liquid Freezer II 420 on Amazon: https://geni.us/PpbWg
Arctic Liquid Freezer II 360 on Amazon: https://geni.us/cA4wXFg
Lian Li Galahad 360 on Amazon: https://geni.us/L54S
Arctic Liquid Freezer II 280 on Amazon: https://geni.us/RJBy
EK AIO on Amazon: https://geni.us/d7wGzW
– Immediate Design Flaw04:51
– Mechanics & Fin Stack Sizing of the Freezer 5007:18
– Installation on AMD & Intel08:59
– Issues with Pressure Distribution10:45
– 200W Noise-Normalized Arctic Freezer 50 Benchmark11:26
– 200W Load VRM Thermals12:42
– 200W Load at 100% Fan Speed (Arctic vs. Noctua, etc.) 13:55
– Coldplate Flatness Testing on Arctic Freezer 5014:51
– Coldplate Close-Up15:20
– 123W Noise-Normalized Heat Load16:26
– Conclusion: Arctic Freezer 50 CPU Cooler
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