ARCTIC Freezer A13 X Review (Page 3 of 4)

Page 3 - Test Results

Our test configuration is as follows:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
Motherboard: MSI MPG X570 GAMING PLUS
RAM: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro DDR4-3200 2x8GB
Graphics: MSI GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER VENTUS 8GB OC
Chassis: FSP CMT510 Plus
Power: FSP Hydro PTM+ 850W
Storage: Patriot Viper VPN100 512GB
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro x64

Compared hardware:
- ARCTIC Freezer A13 X
- Reeven Justice II RC-1207

All tests were run in our custom-built computer to best reflect real life performance. The computer remained in the same place and room for all tests. The ambient temperature of the room was roughly 18 degrees Celsius. The thermal paste applied to each cooler was stock respective to their manufacturers to rate its performance. Sufficient time between testing was applied for the paste to settle. The fans on all heatsinks were connected to the same motherboard's 4-pin connector. The test computer was turned on and idling for at least one hour for the idling tests. High CPU load results were obtained using the Prime95 in place large FFTs test with sixteen worker threads for a minimum of fifteen minutes and recorded when the temperature was deemed stable. The ARCTIC Freezer A13 X was tested using the stock fan sent from the factory. The performance was compared with the Reeven Justice RC-1207 with its stock Zephyros II fan. The purpose of this comparison is to find the relative performance between products. The temperature results for each cooler was measured with CoreTemp, which records the CPU’s integrated thermal sensor for maximum accuracy. Each temperature result was calculated by taking the maximum value of the cores inside of the CPU.

In the idle test, the ARCTIC Freezer A13 X was behind by only 4 degrees Celsius. The Freezer A13 X stabilized at 47 degrees Celsius. This temperature may seem high, but this is pretty good given the average temperature of a stock Ryzen 3700X is around 50 degrees Celsius when idle. The slight difference in temperature between the Freezer A13 X and the Reeven Justice II RC-1207 is due to the smaller size and weight compared to the latter. The cooler’s performance was satisfactory, but the idle test aside, let us look at the test that really matters.

After enough time of stressing the CPU, I was able to push these two coolers to see what they could do. After about 45 minutes, the ARCTIC Freezer A13 X was able to maintain a constant temperature of 75 degrees Celsius. The Freezer A13 X came in at only 2 degrees higher than the Reeven Justice II RC-1207. Note the size between these two coolers are quite noticeable as the Freezer A13 X has a smaller heatsink and fan. The performance between these two fans was surprisingly quite close despite the size difference. The ARCTIC A13 X was capable of keeping the CPU decently cool in heavy workloads.

Taking noise into consideration, the sound produced from the cooler is very important for many users. In my setup, I am running the cooler and its fan with an additional four fans inside the case. On a scale of 0 to 10, where 0 is silence and 10 is an explosion, I would rate the ARCTIC Freezer A13 X a 2.0 when idle and a 3.0 when under heavy load. The fan was quiet when idle. During heavier loads when the fan was spinning at a higher RPM, the difference in noise was slightly noticeable. The Freezer A13 X has a relatively good performance in temperature and noise.

Taking all of this into account, the ARCTIC Freezer A13 X is a good CPU cooler with a 100mm fan, with its decent cooling performance and acceptable noise levels.

Page Index
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. Physical Look - Hardware, Installation
3. Test Results
4. Conclusion