Anodization of CPU Coolers

Black, slim and surprisingly powerful for a passive CPU cooler: The undoubtedly most striking feature of the new ARCTIC Alpine Passive coolers is the black heat sink. Unlike the thermal coating of the Freezer 33 eSports family, however, this is not a thermal coating, but the color is created by anodization.

But what is this and how does it work?

Anodic oxidation is a special process in which the object to be treated is placed in a conductive liquid and this liquid is connected to a voltage source. The object to be treated is one of the poles, the opposite pole is usually another, non-rusting metal such as lead, aluminum or stainless steel.

To color the Alpine Passive, the conductive liquid is accompanied by black dye, which accumulates in the oxidation process in the pores of the aluminum.

The advantage: It forms an extremely dense, micro-porous and dust-free barrier layer, which additionally functions as an electric insulator.

Up to 3 °C better cooling performance

For the end-user, this complex process brings one major advantage:

The black anodization ensures improved heat dissipation in fanless operation.

Due to the changed surface structure, micro turbulences occur during heat radiation which lead to a higher cooling capacity.

Compared to other passive coolers of the same size, but without anodization, the ARCTIC Alpine Passive is doing very well: Internal tests showed an improved cooling performance of up to 3 °C. It should be noted here that this improved cooling performance is limited to the passive mode. If a fan provides an active airflow, the improved passive heat dissipation wont have the same effect.

For quiet PC systems

The passive cooler works absolutely silently and cools processors up to 35 W TDP – with optimal air circulation in the case even up to 47 W TDP – effectively.

The ARCTIC Alpine 12 and AM4 Passive are therefore particularly suitable for computers that should be as quiet as possible, such as HTPCs.

ARCTIC Recieves TOP100 Innovation Award, presented by Ranga Yogeshwar

On June 29th, ARCTIC attended the  5th German Mittlestand Summit in Ludwigsburg, Germany. As part of the event, ARCTIC received the TOP 100 award for innovative Mittelstand companies. The award was presented by mentor Ranga Yogeshwar during the evening‘s awards ceremony.

ARCTIC was in good company: 120 of the award winners are world-and national market leaders. In the past three years, the top innovators together filed  a combined 4,511 patents. Collectively, they achieved 40 percent of their turnover with market innovations and innovative improvements.

Needless to say, it was a very beautiful, glamorous evening for us, with many impressive peers, inspiring speakers and a friendly atmosphere.

We are thrilled to recieve the TOP 100 award and thank our customers and partners for their support and well wishes!

More photos from the evening:

TOP 100: the competition

Since 1993, compamedia has awarded the TOP 100 seal of approval for outstanding innovative strength and above-average innovation success to medium-sized companies. Since 2002, the scientific direction has been in the hands of Prof. Dr. med. Nikolaus Franke. Franke is the founder and director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and has worked as a visiting researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). With 18 research awards and more than 200 publications, he is one of the world’s leading innovation researchers. Mentor to the TOP 100 is science journalist and TV presenter Ranga Yogeshwar. Project partners are the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft for the Promotion of Applied Research and the Mittelstandsverband BVMW. As media partners, manager magazin, impulse and W&V Unternehmensvergleich.

KOSATEC 25 – ARCTIC Celebrates a Milestone Anniversary with Braunschweig Distributor

ARCTIC and Kosatec have had a wonderful, long-standing, and successful relationship. So on June 9, when the Braunschweig-based IT wholesaler celebrated its 25th anniversary, we celebrated with them.

The atmosphere at the Kosatec 25 event was perfect for a summer afternoon, as nearly 750 invited guests partied away with barbecue and networking along with live music by Paul Koeninger & Band.

Paul Koeninger & Band

After the welcome and opening by Kosatec founder Andreas Sander were followed by hearty congratulations from IHK President Helmut Streiff and Lord Mayor Ulrich Markurth.

As a sponsor of the event, we were on site with an ARCTIC booth that showcased a selection of our product range. With the World Cup just around the corner, our kicker table and the goal wall proved to be quite popular.

Those who hit the net three out of six times won an ARCTIC Summair Light—a fun and practical prize for the summer season.

The talented Peter Zorn was the only person to score six out of six goals.

 

ARCTIC Distributor Meeting 2018

Hotel Esplanade in snowy Zagreb

The annual ARCTIC Distributor Meeting has already become a tradition. Many of the participants have been there several times, but of course there there were new faces this year and the opportunity to meet our partners from all over Europe in person.

From March 1st to March 3rd we were together in Zagreb, the Croatian capital and largest city in the country. Contrary to expectations of spring-like temperatures, we were greeted by winter weather with snow and arctic-like minus degrees.


Located in the heart of Zagreb, the Esplanade Hotel with its unique style, provided an excellent setting for our meeting. Over two days, our distribution partners learned about upcoming changes to ARCTIC, product news and developments, forecasts and shipping process optimization, and insight into our marketing strategy and campaigns. There were plenty of opportunities for each participant to interact with ARCTIC and its distribution partners from other countries. We took many positive impressions and gained valuable feedback.

The Group during the Casino visit

The varied supporting program with a typical local dinner, a fun and exciting casino evening with an ARCTIC poker tournament as well as a special sightseeing trip with the historic tram were also great.
For us the event was again a success. We are very pleased about the positive feedback from our guests and are looking forward to the Distributor Meeting 2019.

Partner of the month: EraseME Gaming

ARCTIC supports more than 50 esport teams and organizations.
The cooperation with our partners is most-valuable for us, thus, we’d like to present our “partner of the month” in our brand new monthly series:

EraseME-Gaming!

Dominik “NeXxX” Weber

EraseME was founded by Dominik “NeXxX” Weber in 2014 and has been growing ever since. At this point, more than 75 members have the chance to be part of the gaming-history, thanks to EraseMe’s experienced eSport management.

The organization reached a huge milestone in 2016 by becoming a registered association. Despite growing fast and becoming more professional, they never lost their values. A friendly and family-like atmosphere is just as important to them as their performance goals.

We asked the founder and CEO Dominik “NeXxX” Weber: What can we expect to see of EraseME in the future?

“We’ve signed a new CS:GO team, because the last season didn’t go as we hoped. The new team has a lot of potential.
With three players that were previously known as “nooky” in Team Germany, plenty of gaming experience is added to the team. Fai brings a lot of calmness and harmony to the team which rounds it all off.

Additionally, the young talents add a new impulse, thus,creating a unique synergy and team dynamic that will be very hard to stop.”

Where/ What does EraseME play?
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CS:GO:

  • 99 Damage Division 2
  • ESL Championship qualifier
  • ESEA Intermediate

FIFA:

  • “Virtuelle Bundesliga” qualifier
  • ESL Championship qualifier

League of Legends:

  • After ESL championships, the EraseME team was promoted to Division 2.
  • Various ESL Cups and tournaments

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We’re happy to support EraseME on their journey, and are excited to see where it will lead them.

ARCTIC 2018: Facelifts and product launches

Is the new AIO going to get launched soon? When do the ARCTIC coolers start blinking? We are often confronted with some interesting questions about ARCTIC’s technologies and product development. As we like to provide you with some first-hand information, we asked our Technical Director Vincent Andre some tricky questions. So what is our R&D department actually up to?

Can you first tell us about your role @Arctic?

Vincent Andre
Technical Director

My role at ARCTIC has multiple aspects, first, I am the head of the R&D department; bringing the projects from mere concept to reality. It all starts with the product’s functional concept, which is followed by developing an attractive design by our Industrial Designer. Then, our team of skilled engineers develops the mechanical structure and electronic board by using the latest CAD tools. We fine-tune the design by simulating the product performance by computer. As simulation can be thrown off by the slightest configuration deviation, we always double confirm the finalized design with prototypes. Our R&D centre in Hong-Kong has numerous testing equipment to verify all aspects of our products. Afterwards, the purchasing and NPI teams will take care of the last leg of the product development, which is defining the right suppliers and helping them to get the production line ready for mass production, Additional they make sure the quality requirements are followed and every detail is done right.

Besides that, I overview the IT development of the company either internally concerning new equipment and software or externally concerning our website. Lastly, together with Magnus Huber, our CEO and Peter Jankowski, our Sales Director, we define the company’s strategy.

 

Are there some interesting product launches planned for this year?

Yes, definitely.

Our Alpine family, the low-end part of our CPU coolers will soon undergo a total facelift. The aim is to better supply the AMD segment, now relived with Ryzen, but as well to make the product choice for our customers more clear and concise.

Our Freezer family will as well continue to expand in both air coolers and liquid coolers. The existing models will also continue to evolve in order to offer our users the latest performance gain that our engineers identified.

Our fans series will as well be extended with quite a few new models.

Finally yet importantly, on the VGA cooling front, we are now working on a cooler that offers excellent performance. It keeps a GTX 1080 Ti in thirties degrees C, and the VRM in the fifties. We are working with some partners to make it available soon.

Can you tell us some news concerning technical solutions of ARCTIC products?

We have been working lately on improving our cooler performance further, while maintaining their production cost. I am happy to report already that we are successful in this regard and achieved significant progress on all types of coolers. So in 2018, expect to see ARCTIC’s products going higher in the performance charts while remaining in the lower price segment. That is what we believe in ARCTIC: Performance comes at a cost, yes, but that cost can be controlled!

Design and visuality play an important role for gamers. How are ARCTIC products going to look like in the coming years?

Well, it is honestly difficult to predict years ahead of time, but as our latest Freezer 33 eSports Edition/One and TR showed, we are now putting more effort in the cosmetics of our products. But there is a catch. We saw lately a lot of products where the design is greatly improved but impede the performance, the biggest example being the Tempered Glass PC cases with their “fan-choking” designs. We at ARCTIC do not want to lose any performance and therefore, we take our time to get the solution heavily tested so that this kind of perils do not happen. We also want to do it right, some RGB products we saw lately are simply improvable, they have limited configuration, the light is unevenly spread etc. We believe that having a new design feature should be implemented fully, not just added as a last minute change. That’s why ARCTIC products have no RGB… yet.

AMDs new Ryzen Raven Ridge Processors

At this year’s CES in Las Vegas, AMD unveiled their new power-efficient Ryzen-based APUs for mobile as well as desktop devices.

Officially titled “AMD Ryzen Desktop Processor with Radeon Vega Graphics”, the first announced products of this lineup were the AMD Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G. Both processors have 4 CPU cores, but the Ryzen 5 version has 8 threads, whereas the Ryzen 3 has only 4 threads. The TDP of both processors is 65 W.

The graphics cards have a total of 11 Compute Units (CU) in the Ryzen 5 2400G and 8 CUs in the Ryzen 3 2200G.

The new AMD Ryzen Desktop APU will be available from February 12th on.

AMD Ryzen Desktop Prozessor mit Radeon Vega Graphics

The APU combines the Ryzen CPU and the new AMD Radeon Vega GPU on one chip, eliminating the need for additional external graphics solution for simple gaming and office tasks.

The performance of the graphics chip is comparable to an entry level graphics cards – thereby the APU will not allow gaming in maximum details with 4K resolution for modern and more demanding titles.

The new AMD processors with integrated graphics unit are an interesting option for system builders and users with lower gaming requirements, who up until now could only take Intel’s CPUs, which have included graphics chips for several generations.

Full compatibility for ARCTIC CPU Cooler

As the new AMD APUs use the existing socket AM4, all ARCTIC CPU coolers for AM4 are of course still compatible.

Depending on the budget and intended use, we offer numerous suitable CPU coolers for AMD’s new processors, from budget models like the Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 and the Freezer 12 to the powerful Freezer 33 eSports Edition with two BioniX 120mm fans.

ARCTIC awards successful employees

ARCTIC is a company where 25 percent of the employees have worked for more than 10 years. „This is nothing short of remarkable for a young company with young staff in an aggressive and ultra-competitive business where the only constant is change“, tells ARCTICs CEO Magnus Huber. This is why ARCTIC wants to show appreciation and remunerates long-serving employees as well as other thriving colleagues.

Ten years of ARCTIC

In December four employees celebrated their 10th anniversary at ARCTIC: Nancy Liu, Karen Chan, Gilbert Lam and Steven Chow. ARCTIC presented them with an award as reward for their long devotion.

The Awards

One of the rewarded employees is Gilbert Lam who is responsible for packaging design and pricing as well as design layouts at ARCTIC Hong Kong. On a daily basis, he selects colors, images or fonts, reviews designs before printing or publishing those. Additionally, he comes up with design concepts that meet the corporate identity; a multifunctional job which makes him the interface from production to marketing and sales.

Magnus Huber (l.) and Gilbert Lam

According to Gilbert, ARCTIC offers a great work environment with different cultures and personalities. „I enjoy working in a team together with my colleagues. We get along very well. ARCTIC gave me the opportunity to gain work experience in the first place. For me, it is an honour to receive this award as a recognition for my work and effort here at the organization.“

We asked Huber: What helps us to work with each other, learn and strive in our business?

„I believe the most important factor is time. Time to understand our business, to gain experience, to feel comfortable in your role, and to get to know the colleagues. Let’s be real this is not done in two years. Luckily, we have a lot more than two years.“

 

Meanwhile in Germany…

Founded in 2012, ARCTIC Germany cannot keep up with Hong Kong office’s long-lasting careers. Instead, Brunswick office awards an employee of the year.

Peter Jankowski (l.) and Britta Bubolz (r.) with Employee of the Year Sabine Sellier (m.)

This year the company selected Sabine Sellier who works as a graphic designer in Brunswick. She is responsible for creating, for example, the corporate layout and the usage guidelines for print and external materials.

She is a person who truly represents ARCTICs values: positive energy, team spirit, innovation, transparency and entrepreneurial action. With her efforts and great performance, she provided the extra benefit for ARCTIC in the past year.

CEO Huber would like to thank all employees for supporting ARCTIC, some of them for more than 10 years already. „You are the main reason that all of this is possible “, he concludes.

Intel’s new Coffee Lake CPUs: Increased Thermal Load

With Coffee Lake, Intel has recently released its eighth processor generation. As part of the launch of the new generation of processors, a new chipset the Z370 has also been introduced.

While CPU coolers as offered by ARCTIC are still compatible thanks to the same mechanical socket, switching to the new Coffee Lake Processors requires a new mainboard due to its new chipset.

Motherboards with older chipsets (like Z270 / H310 / H370 / B360) are no longer compatible with Intel Coffee Lake processors despite the mechanically identical socket.

Up to 100 Watts extra load

The German magazine c’t examined four new motherboards with the chipset Z370 in a test in issue 23/2017. They discovered that in their default settings all motherboards overclock and operate the processors outside Intel’s specifications. The following mainboards were tested:

  • Asrock Z370 Extreme4
  • Asus PrimeZ370-A
  • MSI Z370-A Pro
  • Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Ultra Gaming

Intel’s restrictions regarding the turbo boost (concerning, for example, power supply and multipliers) are circumvented by all tested motherboards and result in a significant additional thermal stress.

In the case of Intel’s latest flagship model, the i7 8700K, it can lead to an increased power consumption of up to an additional 100 W. This causes a noticeably elevated temperature of the processor and requires a cooling solution that can cover this power peak.

Even if Intel officially states a TDP of 95 watts for the current top model 8700K, when using one of the mentioned motherboards under full load, a cooling solution for up to 180 W may be necessary. Alternatively, the default overclocking has to be deactivated in the BIOS.

 Powerful CPU Cooler necessary

We advise all users of Intel’s Coffee Lake and their K CPUs to pay attention to this extra thermal load via overclocking when choosing their cooler, or alternatively to disable the automated overclocking in the BIOS.

For the sake of the environment: ARCTIC changes to Online Manuals

We at ARCTIC have always felt committed to environmental protection and think “green”. As a carbon neutral company, we fully offset our greenhouse gas emissions through investments in renewable energy projects and recycling. In addition to the continuous optimization of the packagings of our products, we are always looking for new ways to live up to our responsibility to the environment. For this reason, we have been doing without printed manuals since this year.

Instead, we provide regularly updated user manuals in many languages on our website. The instruction manuals are always conveniently available anywhere and anytime and can be found on the respective product pages under “Support”.

Online Manuals can be found on our product pages

All products come with a QR sticker. Once affixed to a place of your convenience, the QR code leads the user directly to the product manual.

Included with each product: cards with a QR code for the manual

The positive feedback shows us that our customers perceive and support the conversion to online manuals. We are happy and motivated to continue our search and implementation of new measures to further contribute to enironmental protection.