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Product : Freezer 7
Company : Arctic Cooling
Author : Mark 'Ratchet' Thorne
Date : February 2nd, 2005

Test Setup

For the tests I setup a system as a typical computer enthusiast would with a relatively fast CPU, good quality memory, dual hard-drives, optical drives, a good quality case, a decent videocard, and a good quality PSU.

Test Specifications
  • CPU: Intel Pentium4 550, 3.4GHz Socket 775
  • Motherboard: ABIT AA8 DuraMAX, Intel i925X chipset
  • Memory: 1GB (2x512MB) OCZ DDR2 PC2-4200 Platinum, provided by the guys at Magnum-PC.com
  • Video: ATI Radeon X700 Pro & Sapphire Radeon X300SE, Catalyst 5.1 drivers
  • PSU: Antec NeoPower 480W
  • HDD1: 120GB Seagate Barracuda V SATA, 7200RPM
  • HDD2: 120GB Seagate Barracuda V SATA, 7200RPM
  • CD1: LiteOn 52327S CD-RW
  • CD2: NEC ND-3500A DVD-RW
  • Case: CoolerMaster Stacker STC-T01

The Stacker case isn't a very typical case, so to give a more realistic representation of a more common case I disabled most of the fans that come with it, save the 120mm rear fan.

For the acoustic performance test I disconnected all fans from the case. I also disconnected the north-bridge cooling fan and installed a fan-less Radeon X300SE. Besides the CPU cooling fan, the only other fan still spinning was the single 120mm low-speed fan in the Antec NeoPower PSU.

To give a better representation of a typical gamers case for the cooling performance test, I setup the case with the rear 120mm fan installed and replaced the Radeon X300SE with a Radeon X700 Pro. I also reconnected the northbridge fan.

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