ARCTIC SNEAK PEEK: Freezer 50 TR für 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.

The New Alpine CPU Coolers from ARCTIC


ARCTIC Alpine CPU Cooler Series

With the new Alpine 12 and Alpine AM4 series, we are updating our portfolio of cost-effective CPU coolers.

The Alpine 12 series is designed for the 115x sockets from Intel, while the Alpine AM4 series is exclusively compatible with the namesake AM4 socket from AMD. Alpine AM4 series, except the Passive, are also backward compatible with AM3+, AM3, AM2+, AM2, FM2 and FM1.

The Alpine 12 Passive and Alpine AM4 Passive, available since summer 2018, are now being supplemented with the launch of the Alpine 12 and Alpine 12 CO. Further versions for AMD and Intel will follow shortly. The older versions Alpine 11, Alpine 20, Alpine 64 and Alpine M1 are end-of-life products that will no longer be produced.

Product Name Max. TDP Compatibility Availability
Alpine 12 95 W Intel 115x 10 / 2018
Alpine 12 CO 100 W Intel 115x 10 / 2018
Alpine 12 LP 75W Intel 115x 12 / 2018
Alpine 12 Passive 47 W Intel 115x 07 / 2018
Alpine AM4 95 W AMD AM4, AM3+, AM3, AM2+, AM2, FM2, FM1 Q1 2019
Alpine AM4 CO 100 W AMD AM4, AM3+, AM3, AM2+, AM2, FM2, FM1 Q1 2019
Alpine AM4 LP 75 W AMD AM4, AM3+, AM3, AM2+, AM2, FM2, FM1 Q1 2019
Alpine AM4 Passive 47 W AMD AM4 07 / 2018

 

Newly developed heatsinks

All new Alpine CPU coolers feature newly developed heatsinks.

The passive versions achieve an optimized heat dissipation to the environment through the black anodization of the heatsink. This noticeably increases the cooling performance in a fanless system.

The actively cooled Alpine 12 and AM4 models in turn have a new radial heatsink. The high thermal conductivity of the aluminum is fully retained in a new type of extrusion.

The novel production process makes it possible to produce a powerful and at the same time very compact heatsink. The particularly fine cooling fins of the new Alpine coolers are fanned out in a Y-shape. This increases the surface area of the heatsink and also improves the cooling performance.

 

Affordable CPU cooler for AMD and Intel

All actively cooled Alpine 12 and Alpine AM4 models use our advanced, PWM-controlled fan technology. As a result, all Alpine coolers run very efficiently, with low power consumption and at the same time within a very wide RPM range. In addition, the new Alpine series supports a 0 dB mode – if the a PWM signal drops below 5%, the fans turn off, ensuring absolutely silent cooling of the CPU.

All new Alpine 12 and Alpine AM4 CPU coolers are delivered with pre-applied MX-2 thermal compound. This guarantees a quick and easy installation.

Introducing ARCTIC’s New P-Fans

ARCTIC is proud to announce that we’re adding a whole new segment to our fan offering with the release of the new 120- and 140 mm P-fan series.
While our F-series fans – including the BioniX F120 and the BioniX F140 – feature a high airflow, the new P-fans are optimized for a high static pressure while maintaining a high level of airflow.
The engine technology has also been significantly improved for the P-fan models with PWM. Thanks to a neodymium iron-boron magnet of the latest generation, the fans run more efficiently and with significantly less operating noise and vibrations from commutation.
The new technology also allows us to significantly expand the speed range of the new P-fans without sacrificing durability. That’s why our new P-fans with PWM come with a 10-year warranty.
As an additional benefit of the improved motor technology, our PWM-enabled P-fans have the 0 dB mode – with a PWM signal below 5%, the fans turn off, ensuring an absolutely silent system.

Which fan is the right for you: Optimized for high static pressure or high airflow?

The fans‘ different strenghts lead to different performance characteristics, which makes each fan suitable for different purposes. So—when should you choose a fan for high airflow, and when should you choose one optimized for static pressure?
The fans of the F-series are characterized by a high air flow and transport a large amount of air when there is little to none air resistance. This means they are ideal for use as case fans.
By contrast, the new P-fans guarantee consistently high cooling performance due to the increased static pressure in situations with increased air resistance, caused by, for example, a radiator, close-meshed fan grilles or heatsinks. Fans of the P-series are therefore particularly suitable for use on heat sinks.
Of course, all fans can still be installed in push or pull configuration.

More color variations in the product family

In total, six versions of the new P-series fans (P, P Silent, P PWM, P PWM PST, P PWM PST CO, BioniX P) will be available, each in 120 mm and 140 mm.
We’re also offering, for the first time, different color variations for our standard fans. The fan models P12 PWM and P12 PWM PST will be available in three different colors: Black / Black; Black / Transparent (with a black frame and semi-transparent fan blades); and White / Transparent (with white frame and semi-transparent fan blades). Our BioniX P-fans will also be available in the fan favorite colors of white and red.

 

 

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 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.