Five #StayHome Ideas for Gamers and PC Enthusiasts

stayhome ideas for gamers - ARCTIC

So you’re able to stay at home and help stop the spread of Covid-19? Great! …now what? If you’re a PC lover whose suddenly got a lot of time on their hands, we have some ideas for you.

#StayHome Idea 1: Clean up!

Whether it’s your setup or the inside of your PC, now is the perfect time to dust your monitor, disinfect your devices and dispose of things you don’t need.

#StayHome Idea 2: Change your thermal paste.

If your thermal paste is overdue for a refresh, now’s a great time to do it. Not sure how to apply thermal paste? We’ll walk you through it in this video:

#StayHome Idea 3: Upgrade your components

With a less hectic schedule comes time to install that new cooler you bought. No components lying around? No worries! Go look around the internet and find all the parts you need to plan your perfect system.

Start here: ARCTIC Products

#StayHome Idea 4: Optimise your setup.

If there’s something you don’t like about your setup, chances are you’re REALLY noticing it right now. Figure out what you need to do to optimize it, then make it happen!

PS. We’ve got some pretty nice monitor and TV mounts. Just saying…

#StayHome Idea 5: Replace your old cables

You can never be too cautious with your cables. Check them out; if they’re too old to be safe or useful, toss them. And if you‘re less than happy with your PST cables, may we suggest you give ours a try?

See here: PST Cables from ARCTIC

A Brief Note on COVID-19

ARCTIC GmbH - Covid-19

Like everyone, we’ve made adjustments in the last few weeks to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to ensure the health and safety of our ARCTIC team. Consequently, we will be working primarily from home for the forseeable future.

We are closely monitoring the situation and are working hard to limit disruptions and restart production as quickly as possible. We are generally well-positioned and expect only a few short interruptions.

If new developments emerge, we will keep you informed.

We hope that all of you in our ARCTIC community remain well and safe!

Indispensable but undecided: Which fan is right for me?

ARCTIC Casefan p-fan bionix

Fans: If not for the fresh air they provide, your computer would run out of steam at some point. Not infrequently underestimated, the fans play a key role in PC cooling. Used properly, they will help your system achieve long-lasting operation with maximum performance. Likewise, they can also be the cause of disturbances – be it through annoying noises or even the tragic heat death of other components. This means a case fan should be chosen with care and adapted to suit its specific purpose. Choices are not lacking, but which is the right fan for you?

Here ARCTIC, we split our fans into two product groups: the pressure-optimized P-series, and the high airflow F-series. The F fans are particularly suitable as case fans, while the P fans are designed especially for use on heat sinks, radiators and concealed housing inlets.

For a more in-depth comparison of our two fan series, click here. So, you‘ve decided between pressure-optimized and high airflow fans—now what? Here’s what to choose if you want a…

Basic fan

Reduced to the essentials, but without sacrificing quality: our F and P standard models with fixed speeds offer an excellent balance of effective cooling, quiet operation and exceptionally good value for money.

Available in (diameter) sizes 80/90, 120 and 140 mm.

Barely audible fan Silent

Specially optimized for silent systems, this fan was designed with low fixed speed and inaudible 0.08 sone. Want to know the secret? At low fan speed, the engine noise is crucial. A German-engineered engine with an improved alloy/lubricant combination reduces friction and keeps operating noise to a minimum.

Available in sizes 80/90 (F series only), 120 and 140 mm.

Fan with manual/custom control PWM

Thanks to its 4-pin connector, fan speed can be controlled via pulse-width modulation or PWM. Depending on the workload, the speed can be customly set to always guarantee the maximum cooling capacity with minimum noise.

Available in sizes 80/90 (F series only) 120 and 140 mm.

Fan with temperature sensor TC

The highlight of this fan series is a separate temperature sensor. This sits at the end of a long cable and can be placed anywhere in the housing where the most heat is generated. It determines the ideal speed of the fan without PWM signal and ensures the lowest possible noise level with, of course, good cooling performance.

Available in sizes 80/90 (F series only), 120 and 140 mm.

Fan with distribution cable PWM PST

Thanks to innovative PWM sharing technology (PST), several fans can be daisy-chained together with just one PWM signal. Here‘s how connected fans rotate in unison: evenly quiet in phases with low load; simultaneous and fast when necessary; and always extremely effective.

Available in sizes 80/90 (F series only), 120 and 140 mm.

Want to see PWM PST in action? Check our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vw2QWWgdvI

Continuous operation fan PWM PST CO

Robustness is necessary here: CO (“Continuous Operation”) fans cool 24 hours a day, 7 days a week– making them ideal for servers, for example. The premium quality of the double ball bearing reduces friction and, consequently, reduces wear and tear. Compared to standard models, the service life is five times longer.

Available with PWM PST in sizes 80/90 (F series only), 120 and 140 mm.

Fan with vibration absorption PRO

Patented Solution: ARCTIC’s PRO fans feature a vibration-damping design that absorbs vibrations from the fan within the mount, providing the ultimate in smoothness. Due to the unique frame, however, only one-sided attachment is possible.

Available with TC & PWM PST in sizes 80, 90 and 120 mm (F series only).

Gaming fan BioniX

With a focus on design (available in multiple color options), ultra-low-vibration operation and a particularly wide speed range, these high-speed fans are tailored to meet the needs of gamers.

Available with PWM PST sizes in 120 mm and 140 mm.

Text: Tamy Kahlert

LUCKY DRAW—THE LUCKY STREAK CONTINUES

lucky draw thermal paste 2020

Are you feeling lucky today?

Well, we’re certainly feeling lucky to have such amazing customers in the ARCTIC community. Because it’s proven to be such a great way to show our gratitude, we’ve decided to extend our Lucky Draw competition into 2020!

In case you haven’t heard, Lucky Draw is a monthly giveaway we launched to celebrate selling the 10 millionth unit of ARCTIC MX thermal compound. Entering is easy: all you’ve had to do is scan the QR code on your MX-2 or MX-4 packaging. Although we initially planned for the giveaway to end in 2019, the response has been so positive that we’ve decided to take it with us into the new year.

Going forward, all MX products purchased since 2019—not just the 2019 edition– will come with a Scan & Win QR code for the duration of the giveaway. Try your luck and enter today*. Visit https://lucky-mx.arctic.ac/ for all of the details.

* Natural persons who are at least 18 years old and reside in Germany, Switzerland, Great Britain, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Canada (excluding Quebec), China, USA (excluding Florida and New York), East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei or in Cambodia.

Text: Tatiana Hanebutte

ARCTIC Gift Guide 2019

ARCTIC Gift Guide

‘Tis the season – to upgrade your PC hardware. Not sure where to start? Don’t worry. We’ve got a few recommendations for great ARCTIC products that will upgrade your system without emptying your bank account. Whether you’re looking for a classic CPU cooler or something extra special for your personalized setup, you can find it here.

ARCTIC COOLING CLASSICS

If you need powerful cooling and are more than ready to take your gaming to the next level, you can’t go wrong with the newest versions of our old classics.

Liquid Freezer II 240

  • Multi-compatible All-In-One CPU water cooler
  • Price starting at 64.99

Freezer 34 eSports DUO

  • Tower CPU Cooler with BioniX P-Series Fans in Push-Pull-Configuration
  • Price starting at 39.99

MX-4

  • ARCTIC’s award-winning, highest performance thermal compound
  • Price starting at 7.99

Freezer 50 TR

  • Dual Tower CPU Cooler for AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ with A-RGB
  • Price starting at 59.99

ALL WHITE PC BUILD

Gift Guide - All white build

While there’s a nearly unlimited supply of black PC equipment on the market, white PC parts are a little harder to come by. However, if you have a white PC case and your heart is set on a white-themed gaming setup, you do have a few ARCTIC options for frosty white components.

Freezer 34 eSports (Grey/White)

  • White tower CPU cooler with grey details
  • Price starting at 33.99

Bionix F 140

  • White gaming fan with PWM PST
  • Price starting at 15.99

Bionix P 120

  • Pressure-optimised 120 mm white gaming fan with PWM PST
  • Price starting at 12.99

P12 PWM PST

  • Pressure-optimised 120 mm white case fan with PWM PST
  • Price starting at 9.99

GREEN STARTER BUILD

Are you a PC building greenhorn? Kickstart your building with basic cooling and setup supplies that are easy to install but don’t compromise on performance.

Freezer 33 eSports ONE

  • Tower CPU Cooler with Bionix Fan
  • Price starting at 29.99

Bionix F 120 (green)

  • High performance, CPU air cooler
  • Price starting at 12.99

BioniX P 120 (green)

  • Pressure-optimised 120 mm green gaming fan with PWM PST
  • Price starting at 12.99

MX-2

  • ARCTIC’s all-around thermal compound
  • Price starting at 6.99

Z1 Basic

  • High-quality single monitor mount
  • Price starting at 25.99

TV LOVER SETUP

Know someone who’s planning to spend the holidays under a blanket binge-watching TV? Then give them the gift of the perfect screen setup! Whether their movie marathon takes place on a flatscreen or on their PC, we’ve got a mount that fits just right. (And while you’re at it, throw in a Breeze mobile USB fan for comfort. Then they’ll never have to leave the couch.)

Breeze Mobile  

  • Mini USB fan, for the techie who has everything.
  • Price starting at 6.99

Z2 3D (Gen 3) Monitor arm

  • Dual mount monitor arm
  • Price starting at XXXX

TV Flex M TV mount

  • All-new TV wall mount
  • Price starting at 34.99

For more great PC hardware and setup gift ideas, visit arctic.ac. And don’t forget to follow us on social media—we’ll be giving away lots of goodies on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Text: Tatiana Hanebutte

Keep Your AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen™ Threadripper™ Desktop Processor Cool with ARCTIC

Freezer 50 TR for AMD Ryzen Threadripper

As an AMD Ryzen partner, we at ARCTIC are proud to support the release of AMD’s 3rd Gen Ryzen™ Threadripper™ desktop processors. Engineered to inspire and empower creators, developers, and enthusiasts, 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ processors – the fastest desktop processors in the world – deliver unmatched performance with no compromises.

You want to keep those 32 cores and 64 thread cooled in ARCTIC silence? Don’t worry: our newly released Freezer 50 TR CPU cooler is compatible with the new, formidable AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 3960X and 3970X desktop processors.

Discover the Freezer 50 TR here: www.arctic.ac/freezer50tr

If you are curious about the performance of the new AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ processors, watch AMDs official Performance Preview here:

AMD Ryzen™ 3950X

AMD Ryzen

Those who need to cool the top-of-the-line AMD Ryzen 3950X desktop processor with 16 cores and 32 threads can also breathe easy: because multicompatibility is a top priority for both ARCTIC and AMD, the AMD Ryzen™ 3950X will be compatible with ARCTIC’s Liquid Freezer II and Freezer 34 series.

AMD Athlon™ 3000G

Need a versatile, everyday unlocked processor that fits in an AM4 socket? Then the AMD Athlon™ 3000G, coming with integrated Radeon Vega graphics, is for you. Cooling it is affordable and easy – all of our AM4-coolers, including the smaller Alpine series as well as our passive coolers, are compatible with this fancy little desktop processors. The best part? You can install them without any customization necessary on your part.

Find the right cooler for your processor today: https://www.arctic.ac/de_en/products/cooling/cpu.html

ARCTIC SNEAK PEEK: Freezer 50 TR for AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™

Freezer_50_TR_RGB

ARCTIC’s engineers have been hard at work all year, improving our old products and creating new ones. Today’s Sneak Peek product falls into the later category: introducing the Freezer 50 TR, a Dual Tower CPU Cooler for AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ with A-RGB.

An extremely powerful cooling solution for the AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™, the Freezer 50 TR is also ARCTIC’s first-ever CPU cooler equipped with fully addressable RGB lighting, allowing you to customize it to your heart’s content.

We asked our Technical Director Vincent Andre what’s so special about this cooler and how the development process went.

Everyone’s really curious about the technical details of Freezer 50 TR. What can you share with us?

As for the Freezer 50 TR, it was a project very close to our hearts, since we’ve been an AMD partner from the very first generation of Threadripper. Our internal goal was to create the best air cooler for Threadripper; based on what’s currently on the market, we feel confident that this goal has been achieved, and I am proud of the work the team delivered. The Freezer 50 TR is a dual-tower, dual-fan air cooler with eight 6mm heat pipes to carry heat to the aluminum fins to be dissipated, so nothing ground-breaking in the technology. What’s special about its creation are the many, many hours of development that went into it. We honed every aspect of its construction to squeeze out performance capable of cooling the monster that is Threadripper. The design was also a key element of this product. There were countless hours of back and forth between the engineer and the designer to ensure that we could phase in the performance optimization while maintaining a visually pleasing design. This was a tremendous team effort, and the results are even more appreciable for that reason.

With the Freezer 50 TR, RGB will finally be part of ARCTIC product family. Can customers expect more RGB products in near future?

Yes, but let me here emphasize that the Freezer 50 TR is A-RGB, meaning each LED is individually addressable. We have made it so that a user can directly plug it into their motherboard if it is equipped with an A-RGB header. For the others, a controller will be available as a part of a bundle. And yes, we will have more products coming up soon– for instance, A-RGB fans.

Visuals play an important role for gamers and modders, especially when they’re planning their setups. Which other visual trends (aside from RGB) are you following with these new products?

We do not really follow specific design trends, though we have defined some design elements that we are conveying through the product portfolio. This way, not just gamers, but also all other customers, can have a cohesive design when they choose ARCTIC products for their PC cooling (something I would heavily recommend 😊). The process of incorporating these design elements has been started already in the latest products and will be further enhanced in the future. RGB and A-RGB will be more present in future products, but we will also keep in mind what made ARCTIC’s reputation: the value for money. So, our key focus will still be to bring great products at great price. Now, some of those products will be glowing in multiple colours, too.

Both of these coolers are part of a larger series (ARCTIC Freezers). Which models we can expect next?

We’re working on upcoming products to complete or renew the ARCTIC CPU Cooler portfolio. The lower-priced end of the portfolio was updated last year with the release of the Alpine 12 and AM4 series, and we’re now replacing the Liquid Freezer. We’re opening a new segment with the beefy Freezer 50 TR, which will have a younger sibling, the Freezer 50, aimed at Intel 115x/2066 and AMD AM4 sockets. The rest of the Freezer portfolio will slowly be replaced by new and improved coolers.

On the fans front, we’ve also got some incoming products with, for instance, the A-RGB fan I mentioned.

Plenty of exciting things coming up!!!

ARCTIC SNEAK PEEK: LIQUID FREEZER II SERIES

Liquid Freezer II

Psst…want to see something cool?

We’re just about ready to launch our Liquid Freezer II Series, the highly anticipated follow-up to our original AiO water cooler. While we can’t share all the details just yet, we can give you sneak peek. This way, you can see for yourself just how good it’s going to look in your in your system.

We’ll let Vincent André, our Technical Director, tell:

Some technical details…

The pump is powered by a three-phase motor, which allows it to achieve higher efficiency and smoother operation. When we got the idea to add a VR cooling fan, which came with further integration challenges. This, however, went well with the choice of the 40mm diagonal fan and its integration over the cooling plate. We’re also quite proud of the cable management, as there are almost no visible cables in the product, even for the 360 variant.

About the new pump…

ARCTIC is a company that puts innovation at the core of its product line, but we found ourselves using the same pump as most of the competition in the market. So, we saw this as an opportunity to challenge ourselves by bringing our own design to the market. Further, having worked with Asetek, we also knew both what aspects of their module was great and what aspects didn’t work well for us. We took great care to match them on the strengths while adding solutions for our ARCTIC-specific needs.

About the challenges in process…

As explained before, the patent protection was one of them. The second and biggest was actually the experience: experience can’t be acquired just by downloading it. You need to test things, fail, learn from missed attempts, then repeat that again and again until experience comes. Going into it, we already knew a lot about water cooling, but doing it ourselves made us learn way more deeply. Some things that seemed trivial were, in reality, very different than we had anticipated. In addition to acquiring the experience needed to create great CPU cooler, we of course did not want to release a product without thoroughly testing it. We spent time making sure that the cooler would not only work for the user when they get it, but also for years to come. Value for money is a core ARCTIC principle, and for that reason, we spent a lot of time refining the design but even more time making sure the production process was totally mastered.

Value for money, indeed! But don’t take our word for it. We let a few people check out the prototype earlier this year. Here’s what they had to say:

Kitguru

Vortez

Hardware Hounds

PC Games Hardware DE

Vonguru

Benchmark.pl

Overclockers.ua

Hmm…is it just us, or is there a chill in the air?

Parts of this article were published by Kitguru 7.9.2019

How to Approach Companies as a Gaming or Hardware Influencer

Sponsoring Influencer

“Sponsoring?” 

That’s by far the most common discussion opening we get from eSports teams, content creators and Twitch streamers who contact us via social media. When the request comes in like that, the only answer we can give is NO. But it doesn’t have to be that way!

We’ve put together a few things for Instagram content creators and eSports teams to take into consideration when writing companies to propose a brand partnership. We dare say most of these points would apply for any influencers who want to approach companies, but we hope it’s especially helpful for people with smaller accounts or those who are at the very beginning of their careers. We love working with creators of all sizes, and we hope these guidelines help us meet great new people to work with.

How to aproach a company as an influencer?

For a deeper dive into seeking sponsorship and improving your chances of getting a yes instead of a no, keep reading.

What information should you include?

Your Contact Information

The company representative can’t know how great you and your page are if you don’t leave at least your name, the name of your account and a link to platform(s) where the content can be found.

Your Account Stats

As a potential partner, companies need to know what you bring to the table. Let them know how many followers you have, how many monthly impressions your channel generates, what your engagement rate is and how (good) these stats are developing lately.

Companies will most likely also be interested in who your followers are, where they come from and why they would be a good fit. So if your audience is really into computer monitors, for example, you could make the case for why we should send you a monitor mount to review. All these facts are relevant when choosing a marketing partner, so make sure you have this information ready to go.

Your plan

No one knows your audience the way you do. You know what sort of content they like (and what sort of content they’re likely to hate). Offer the company your expertise by letting them know…

  • What it is you’d like to do
  • Why you want to do it
  • What you want in exchange (products? Other compensation?)
  • What products are suitable for your audience
  • What the timetable for creating and publishing the content is

Make it easy for the company to say yes to your proposal! Brands will have more confidence in you if they see that you’ve put real thought into it. So instead of saying, “Got any case fans?” consider trying “I have a YouTube channel that’s all about computer cases. I’d like to make a video about your ARCTIC P-fans to share with my 500 subscribers next month. Is it possible to send me some in exchange for a review?”

How do you put it?

First impressions are really important. Depending on what you’d like to do, you could end up representing or speaking on behalf of the brand. Consequently, brands need to trust that you’ll be able to present yourself in a professional manner. So, in your first communication with a brand, you should…

Check your spelling grammar

YES – we know it can be annoying, but checking your spelling and grammar before you hit send really pays off! No one’s giving you a grade on this, but using proper grammar and writing in complete sentences make it easier for brands to understand what you want. Plus, the brand will see that you can represent them well.  

Offer something instead of making demands

For example: Instead of just tweeting “Sponsoring?” at a brand, you could write, “I’m interested in including the Freezer 34 in my cooler review series. Can we discuss this via email?” Working with a brand should be mutually beneficial, and asking this way shows that you’re not just trying to score free products from a company.

Be nice

Not to sound like an elementary school teacher, but kindness goes a long way. You don’t have to suck up or overdo it; basically, just don’t be rude. Trying to rush the process, bombarding someone with multiple requests on multiple channels, making rude remarks—none of if it helps you. If the company representative thinks you are a nice person and easy to work with, he will be more willing to help you out… ‘cause, well, nice people are fun to work with.

You sent in your request—what’s taking so long?

The Beasts Gaming
The German eSports-Organisation Beasts Gaming is supported by ARCTIC.
Here visiting our stand at Dreamhack 2019.

Sometimes companies don’t get back to you right away. It may take a few days, or even a few weeks to answer your question. Why is that? Well, in most of the cases, companies don’t just send out money or products out to influencers without having a bigger plan in place. The brand rep probably has a marketing plan and a budget that she’s responsible for – or maybe a few separate plans for influencer marketing, different geographical areas and eSports. Before partnering with you, they would most likely need to check their budget and see if your offer is a good fit for their target group, marketing goals, and actual product marketing plans. This might take some time.

Or maybe your contact person is on holiday or is sick or… check your calendar! It might be a weekend.

Why did you get a rejection?

After doing everything right, you might still end up with a rejection. Why is that?

  • The timing was not right; the company isn’t promoting this particular product anymore, it’s a seasonal product, etc.
  • Your brand personalities don’t mesh well (for example: if you’re fun and carefree, you may not be a good fit for a brand that’s always very serious)
  • Your channel reach is too small and it isn’t financially feasible for the company to send the product (remember, the partnership has to bring value to the brand as well as to you)
  • The market/niche you are serving is not relevant for the company at the moment
  • A combination of these.

Don’t take it personally. Besides, now you’ve established a connection. Improve your content, keep growing your channel and try again in half a year.

In the end

The best influencer, reviewer, or sponsoring relationship is a win-win situation where both the company and the influencer benefit. In some cases, a short product review can lead to a years-long partnership, so it really is worthwhile to consider how you engage with a company.  We hope this helps you get off to a good start.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve grown a huge audience or you’re just getting started. For us, it’s not the size that matters most—we’re proud to work with many small teams and channels. They’re authentic, they do great work, and we have a lot of fun together. So please keep your inquiries coming.  We’re looking forward to partnering with you!

Meet Nick, the new Marketing Manager at ARCTIC Inc.

Nick Hooker, Marketing Manager at ARCTIC Inc.

Nick Hooker joined team ARCTIC in June 2019 as Marketing Manager responsible for the U.S., Canadian and Australian markets. He has been a marketing professional for nearly 15 years and specializes in campaign management, branding, and design. His passion for marketing stems from creativity and his ability to develop original concepts through inspiration and ingenuity.

When not in the office, you will often find Nick spending time with his beloved daughter coaching football (American soccer) or watching her softball games. Nick, his wife Danielle, and daughter also like to travel, visiting other countries and enjoy exploring new cultures. 

We asked Nick a few questions about his work at ARCTIC, and here is what he told us:

What is your role at ARCTIC Inc.?

As Marketing Manager, I am responsible for developing marketing strategies for the North American region. This includes the management of online marketing channels, display advertising, and developing industry co-op partnerships. I also supervise brand awareness, enhance reviewer relations, launch PR and press-related activities, as well as, coordinate localized community efforts. 

You are fairly new with ARCTIC, how do you like the company so far?

Everyone has been very welcoming and absolutely fantastic to work with.  I see a bright future here and am very excited to be a part of this team. I have a deep passion for marketing and am fascinated with technology, so I feel right at home here.

What possibilities do you see for ARCTIC in the US market?

I think the possibilities here are endless. ARCTIC is a well-known brand throughout the technology industry and I hope to continue strengthening our brand and service.  As the eSports industry continues to grow rapidly, I believe we are positioned perfectly here in the US to work closely with US, Canadian, and Australian organizations and gamers in a mutually beneficial manner to expedite growth for the industry, technology, and enthusiasts. 

What is your favorite ARCTIC product?

That would have to be the Freezer 34 eSports DUO.  This beast generates a ton of airflow at a very reasonable cost.  The push-pull configuration blasts cool air in and warm air out faster than most.  Plus, it really looks killer in builds too.

What is your favorite part of marketing?

My favorite aspect of marketing would be creative design.  I love how a design layout can trigger various emotions and actions often without any words at all.  Just shapes, colors, and designs melted together can say so much with so little.  I find it captivating to incorporate the perfect mix of elements to portray an idea, product, sale, or other types of messages that influence an emotional reaction using imagery.