Good news for RGB fans!

ARCTIC BioniX P120 A-RGB Case fan

The BioniX P120 A-RGB, the first A-RGB case fan from ARCTIC, is finally here. But the wait was worth it, because this fan has it all! It comes equipped with a powerful 2300 rpm and minimal noise and with just A-RGB control – no need for additional software.

For the first time, wireless series connection is possible

The supplied connector block allows several fans to be plugged together so that they are connected in series. The cabling is not necessary.

And if you want to save money, you can buy the new fan directly in the 3 advantage package, where the controller with remote control is already included.

Learn more about the newcomer to the ARCTIC family:
BioniX P120 A-RGB

Text: Dominik Birkenfeld

Liquid Freezer II Revision 3 Mounting issues

Liquid Freezer Rev. 2

During the last few weeks, we have received queries concerning the mounting of Liquid Freezer II coolers on AM4 motherboards. Unfortunately, some AMD AM4 boards are incompatible or only partially compatible with the AMD mounting clips supplied with Liquid Freezer II Rev. 3 cooler.

We understand your frustration and apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused you, particularly for customers who needed to wait longer time for an answer from our support teams during the holiday times.

Here is a short guide about the most common issues when mounting a Liquid Freezer II cooler on AM4 motherboards and how you can handle them. Please note that Intel motherboards are fully compatible:

#1: Non-standard backplate

Some AM4 motherboard manufacturers have used a backplate that does not stick out as much as the standard one on the top of the motherboard. As a result, the standoffs we used are too short, which can potentially lead to difficulty installing the cooler.

On Rev. 3 coolers, there is an additional issue as for some boards: the clip can interfere with capacitors or inductors instead of floating above them.

Which products are affected?
Liquid Freezer II Rev. 3 are affected to varying degrees depending on the AM4 motherboard.

What is the solution?
Please contact our support to get a backplate that complies with official AMD specifications free of charge.

#2: Loose backplate

In earlier versions of the AM4 socket, backplates were stuck adhered to the motherboard. In new versions of the motherboard, the backplate is no longer adhered to the motherboard. As a result, when installing our cooler, the backplate, standoff and clips are not able to be tightly secured to the board, leaving it wobbly. Once the cooler is installed, however, there is no further wobbling.

Which products are affected?
Liquid Freezer II Rev. 3.

What is the solution?
Expected behaviour, there is nothing to worry about. When the cooler is fully assembled, there is no wobbling.

#3: Wrong thread on screws

The small M3x5 screws used to secure the clip on the standoffs have a wrong thread, as a result it is not possible to screw the clip in place properly (the screw goes in halfway only).

Wrong screw (on the left) can not be screwed all the way, correct screw (on the right) can be screwed completely

Which products are affected?
Some Liquid Freezer II Rev. 3 coolers are affected.

What is the solution?
If you experience this problem, please contact our support and they will provide you the replacement screw packs free of charge. You can also use a standard M3x5 screw, commonly available to screw the 2.5″ HDD/SSD.

The factory production has been adjusted and the problem is solved.

#4: M.2/VRM interference

Our special clip extends outside the socket area when using the offset mount that we recommend for Ryzen 3000/5000 series. As a result, the clip collides with the M.2 or VRM components right outside the socket area of some motherboards.

Which products are affected?
All Liquid Freezer II Rev. 3 coolers are affected. This issue only exists when using offset mounting for Ryzen 3000/5000.

What is the solution?
Please use the standard mount, not the offset mount.

Current clip (rev3) in offset position collides with M.2 cover
Current clip (rev3) in standard mount position fits without problem.

Where can you check your revision number?

The Revision number can be checked near the barcode. See below:

Thank you again for bringing these issues to our attention—please don’t hesitate to contact us with any further concerns.

Great news – ARCTIC’s Lucky Draw has been extended for another year!

ARCTIC MX Thermal paste lucky draw

We’re giving all MX fans a reason to celebrate! The much-loved Lucky Draw,  where you have the opportunity to win $1000 every month, is going into its next round.

This means there will be a chance to win every month in 2021! And we have another piece of good news: from now on, ARCTIC customers in the Czechia and Ukraine are also to participate.

On top of that, our sweepstakes website has a fresh new design. Have a look right now!

👉 https://lucky-mx.arctic.ac/

But not everything has changed — participation remains as easy as ever: buy an ARCTIC thermal paste from our MX-2 and MX-4 range, scan your SCAN & WIN code on the packaging and register.  That’s it.

With a little luck, the $1000 prize will soon be yours. We’ll keep our fingers crossed for you!

Text: Dominik Birkenfeld

Large-scale CPU Water Cooling: The Liquid Freezer II 420

Liquid Freezer II 420 Liquid cooler launch

“Will ARCTIC ever release the Liquid Freezer II in bigger sizes?”

This is one of the most common questions we get from our social media community about our award-winning Liquid Freezer II CPU water cooling series. Well, now we can give you a straight answer: Yes, we will!

Meet the Liquid Freezer II 420. With three 140 mm ARCTIC P-fans and a 458 mm-long radiator, the Liquid Freezer II 420 is ARCTIC’s largest and most powerful liquid cooler yet.

Since its release at the end of 2019, our all-in-one series Liquid Freezer II has been winning over hardware enthusiasts and independent tech reviewers worldwide.

If you’re planning to boost your gaming rig and could use a fresh ARCTIC breeze, this is definitely the CPU cooler to add to your Christmas list! For the extremely low price of 119.99€ and $139.99 here’s what you can expect:

  • Compatible with Intel & AMD Sockets
  • In-house Developed PWM Controlled Pump
  • High Performance allows Overclocking
  • Motherboard VRM Cooling Solution
  • Pressure Optimised Fans
  • Fully Sleeved Tubes
  • Integrated Cable Management
  • Maintenance-free Water Loop
  • Secure Hold with Backplate
  • MX-4 Thermal Paste Included

By the way, here’s the second most-asked question about the Liquid Freezer II: “Are we ever going to get a white version of the Liquid Freezer II?”

Guess you’ll have to stay tuned for a bit longer to find it out!

AMD’s Ryzen™ 5000 Series Desktop Processors + the Perfect ARCTIC Coolers

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Planning to upgrade your PC with a new AMD Ryzen™ 5000 Series desktop processor?

If so, we’ve got great news for you! As a close partner of AMD, we at ARCTIC are happy to announce that not only is our Liquid Freezer II Series compatible with the new AMD desktop processors supported by “Zen 3” architecture, but that our newly-released A-RGB air cooler, the ARCTIC Freezer 50, is compatible as well.

AMD Ryzen 5000 Series – the world’s fastest gaming processors?

Last week, AMD unveiled its new “Zen 3” architecture, powering the next generation Ryzen™ 5000 Series desktop processors. AMD is setting the bar high, promising the highest single-thread and multi-core performance of any desktop gaming processor. AMD Ryzen™ 5000 Series desktop processors will come with higher max boost frequencies, a significant IPC uplift and lower latency thanks to its brand-new architecture, while still using the 7nm+ process.

The new core layout will allow every core to directly access L3 cache, helping to cut latency in gaming. The improved 7nm+ process also offers the new chips higher clock speeds while maintaining lower power consumption.

The AMD Ryzen™ 9 5950X, AMD Ryzen™ 9 5900X, AMD Ryzen™ 7 5800X and AMD Ryzen™ 5 5600X will all launch globally on November 5.

The ARCTIC Freezer 50 – a great cooling solution for your AMD Ryzen 5000 Series desktop processor

Want to keep your top-tier chip cooled in ARCTIC silence? Don’t worry: our Freezer 50 CPU cooler is compatible with the new AMD Ryzen™ 5000 Series desktop processors.

The new ARCTIC Freezer 50 is a dual-tower CPU cooler with two P-series fans in push-pull-configuration and addressable RGB. It is an extremely powerful cooling solution for common AMD and Intel CPUs, capable of efficient and quiet cooling. An ARCTIC A-RGB controller is included to ensure optimal compatibility, even with mainboards that don’t have A-RGB.

Some of ARCTIC’s older cooling models, like the Freezer 34 eSports DUO, are also compatible with the AMD Ryzen™ 5000 desktop processors; however, their performance–in terms of power–might be limited.

But stay tuned – we just might be releasing some new cooler models supporting these processors!

For all the details on AMD’s innovative launch, click here:
AMD Offers Enthusiasts More Choice Than Ever Before with New AMD Ryzen™ 5000 Series Desktop Processors

Liquid Freezer II Second Revision – What’s Changed?

Liquid Freezer Rev. 2

Because we are constantly improving our products–for example to increase their efficiency– it occasionally happens that they are available in different revisions. This is the case with the new Liquid Freezer II. To avoid confusion about the changes, we have summarized them for you here:

  1. At launch, the P-fans of the Liquid Freezer II had a 0 dB mode. They stopped when the PWM signal was below 10%. Due to increased RMA rates from customers who thought their fans were defective, the 0 dB mode was canceled for all fans and coolers and the minimum speed increased to 200 revolutions per minute.
  2. Since the new revision, additional screws have been added to the water cooler to simplify installation in pull configuration. You can find animated instructions for this at support.arctic.ac.
  3. Similar to the motor hubs of our fans, a print of the technical specifications of the cooler is now printed on the underside of the pump unit. This allows you to calculate its maximum power consumption and check compatibility with the fan headers of your Mainboard.
  4. The integrated cable management of the Liquid Freezer II has been further improved, so that the cables are installed on the back of the radiator and disappear from your field of vision.
  5. The connection of the VRM fan no longer sits directly on the PCB, but hangs on a short cable. This minimizes the risk of damaging the connection when deactivated.
  6. The last revision of the Liquid Freezer II gave an incorrect value of the pump as RPM value. Now the value of the radiator fans is output instead. So be sure to deactivate the CPU fan error warning in the BIOS if you want to operate them separately.

Our award-winning Liquid Freezer II is currently in its second revision. You can recognize it from the outside by the small Rev.2 next to the barcode on the packaging. Its performance and main characteristics remained unchanged, so it’s still the same great product.

More about the Liquid Freezer II: Liquid Freezer II

Text: Henri Faust

Freezer 13 X Series – Intense cooling power in a compact package

Freezer 13 X Series launched

We are proud to present the Freezer 13 X Series, a collection of compact CPU coolers for AMD and Intel. If you need a quiet cooler with a small footprint for your mainstream-processor, this might be your cooling solution!

As successors to the Freezer 13, the Freezer 13 X series combines a compact advanced heatsink design with a reworked heatpipe layout. The 92 mm fan, designed for static pressure, helps to achieve improved cooling performance. Compared to its predecessor, the Freezer 13, they are quieter, more efficient, weigh less and have a higher cooling capacity.

Although Freezer 13 X only operates with a 92mm fan, its low noise level might surprise you. Combined with a sleek finish and a cooling performance beyond that of any stock cooler, the Freezer 13 X will satisfy the needs of demanding pc-users.

Features

  • Three offset heat pipes ensure optimal heat dissipation
  • P-fan for increased performance
  • Extended lifespan thanks to low motor temperature
  • Lower power consumption and less vibration
  • New motor technology
  • Pre-applied MX-2 thermal paste

The Freezer 13 X comes in versions for both Intel and AMD, with each also available in a CO variant for continuous operation.

Available in 4 different versions

In conclusion: Another ARCTIC cooler that offers a good cooling performance at a low price!

Liquid Freezer II 280 and 360 supporting AMD Ryzen™ 3000XT Series Processors

AMD Ryzen Processor 3000xt and Liquid freezer 2

Are you planning to give your PC a boost with a new AMD Ryzen™ 3000XT Series processor?

As a close partner of AMD, we at ARCTIC have great news for you: Liquid Freezer II 280 and 360 are compatible with the new AMD Ryzen™ 3000XT Series processors with award-winning “Zen 2” architecture – no customization necessary.

With improved boost frequencies – up to 4.7GHz on select processors, improved 6/8/12-core models, unlocked overclocking and large caches – these processors are purpose-built to tear through your games, art, and work alike.

The AMD X570 and B550 chipsets give enthusiast motherboards all the features other platforms don’t: PCIe® 4.0 support, unlocked tweaking, and processor upgrade support.

The general cooling guidance from AMD for the Ryzen™ 3000XT series is identical to the AMD Ryzen™ 9 3950X. AMD recommends using a high-performance cooler from their recommended list, with 280mm AIOs being amongst the best. Some of ARCTIC’s older cooling models, like the Freezer 34 eSports DUO, are also compatible with the 3000XT processors; however, their performance, in terms of power, would be limited. But stay tuned – we just might have some further models suitable for these processors coming soon!

Take a look at AMD’s landing page to see more: AMD Offers Enthusiasts More Choice Than Ever Before with New Ryzen™ 3000XT Processors

Discover the Liquid Freezer II: www.arctic.ac/liquidfreezer2

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, case 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