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

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

ARCTIC Coolers Supporting AMD Ryzen™ 3000-Series

Ryzen 3000

AMD Ryzen™ 3000-Series Desktop Processors are here! Engineered to inspire and empower gamers, streamers, and creators, AMD Ryzen™ 3000 Series processors – the most advanced desktop processors in the world – don’t just perform, they are designed to win.

Multicompatibility is a top priority for both ARCTIC and AMD. The release of the new AMD Ryzen 3000-Series Desktop Processors raises the question of whether you can continue to use your existing ARCTIC cooler. Well, as a close partner of AMD, we at ARCTIC have good news for you: many of our CPU coolers are compatible with the new future-proof AMD Ryzen™ 3000-Series Desktop Processors without any customization necessary on your part.

If you decide to upgrade and choose to buy a new motherboard to unleash the full potential of a new 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ Desktop Processor and already have one of the following coolers, you don’t need to buy a new one, since they are all compatible with and capable of cooling the new processors:

https://www.arctic.ac/de_en/products/cooling/cpu/ryzen.html

Freezer 34 Series

Freezer 34 eSports DUO – Photo: Andreas Jamett Soto

The Freezer 34 series offers high quality products with high powered performance. The series consists of the standard Freezer 34 model, the Freezer 34 CO, the Freezer 34 eSports, and the Freezer 34 eSports DUO in Push-Pull-Configuration. The Freezer 34 coolers come with all the perks of ARCTIC’s high static pressure P-fans: an extended life span, a wide RPM range, lower power consumption, high quality bearings and less vibration.

Freezer 12 Series

Freezer 12 and Freezer 12 CO

The Freezer 12 offers particularly low noise levels, high cooling capacity and versatile installation options.As a semi-passive cooler, the Freezer 12 also works extremely efficiently, as the fan only starts up at a PWM signal with 40 % pulse width.

Liquid Freezer II (COMING SOON)

Liquid Freezer 2

The highly-anticipated All-In-One CPU Water Cooler Liquid Freezer II, which will be released in various sizes in September 2019, will also be compatible with the AM4 socket. For further inquiries, contact ARCTIC support (support@arctic.ac)

Join the Celebration and Win in Our MX Lucky Draw

ARCTIC Thermal Paste Lucky Draw

What a success story: to date, we have sold more than 10 million tubes of MX compound, and we want to celebrate this milestone with our loyal customers. To say thank you, we’re giving you the chance to win US$1000 every month in our worldwide* MX Lucky Draw.

Since March, MX fans from the USA, Italy and UK have celebrated winning $1000 each. Thanks to the overwhelmingly positive response, we have decided to extend the contest until 31 December, 2019.

Entering is easy: each unit of our MX-2 and MX-4 thermal compounds is packaged in a celebratory 2019 edition with a unique QR code on the packaging which links directly to the registration page. Just fill in the registration form and upload your proof of purchase.

Further information, as well as terms and conditions, are available at lucky2019.arctic.ac.

* Participation is open to natural persons who are at least 18 years old and reside in Germany, Switzerland, Great Britain, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Canada (excluding Quebec), China or in the USA (excluding Florida and New York).

ARCTIC Creates AiO Graphics Card Water Cooler for Inno3D’s iCHILL RTX 2080 Ti

Inno3D iCHILL RTX 2080 Ti Black – Image by Inno3D

While we at ARCTIC do not produce graphics cards, we’ve used our graphics card cooling experience to develop a cooling solution for Inno 3D’s new GeForce RTX 2080 Ti.

Nvidia’s new RTX graphics generation is very powerful; it’s also very energy hungry and therefore demands a powerful cooler.

The ARCTIC GPU watercooler of the Inno3D iCHILL RTX 2080 Ti – Image provided by Hardwareluxx.de

Over 18 months of development, our engineers completely redesigned the architecture of our popular Accelero Hybrid line to develop a new AiO GPU water block for Inno 3D. A newly designed water pump directs the cooling liquid into the cooling block, which not only covers the GPU, but also VRM and RAM.

This, combined with two of our new 120mm P-fans, optimized for high static pressure, ensures comprehensive cooling of all components, even with heavy overclocking.

Hardwareluxx.de put the graphics card and our cooling solution through extensive testing in November 2018. Its testers were impressed by the low temperature and low volume, among other things. Special emphasis was placed on the fact that the graphics card runs “completely silent” in idle mode.

As a deserved reward for outstanding performance and excellent cooling, the graphics card and its cooler earned the

“Excellent Hardware” Award by Hardwareluxx.de

“Excellent Hardware” award.