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.
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).
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.
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.
“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.
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:
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!
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!
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.
If you are curious about the performance of the new AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ processors, watch AMDs official Performance Preview here:
AMD Ryzen™ 3950X
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.
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
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
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.
these coolers are part of a larger series (ARCTIC Freezers). Which models we
can expect next?
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
On the fans front, we’ve also got some incoming products with, for instance, the A-RGB fan I mentioned.
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.
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Alpine 12 CO
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Alpine 12 LP
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Alpine 12 Passive
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AMD AM4, AM3+, AM3, AM2+, AM2, FM2, FM1
Alpine AM4 CO
AMD AM4, AM3+, AM3, AM2+, AM2, FM2, FM1
Alpine AM4 LP
AMD AM4, AM3+, AM3, AM2+, AM2, FM2, FM1
Alpine AM4 Passive
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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.
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.
The Ryzen Threadripper is the new CPU from AMD for high-end systems – which possibilities do you have to efficiently cool a CPU with up to 16 cores?
Up to 16 cores and 32 threads, 4,096 pins, 64 PCI-E 3.0 lanes, quad-channel DDR4 RAM and 180 W TDP: The new AMD Ryzen Threadripper are very powerful CPU and with sufficient reserves even for demanding tasks.
The physical dimension of the Threadripper alone show the need for a powerful cooling solution. With the mentioned 4,096 pins the CPUs are significantly larger than other processors for private use.
Due to the size the new SocketTR4 was developed with its own chipset, X399. Cooling solutions, which still fit on equally new AMD AM4 socket, can’t be mounted on sTR4 Mainboards.
With prices starting at 800 EUR, the CPUs are not a bargain, but they are among the most powerful processors a home user can currently buy. Threadripper Processors promise excellent performance in particularly when multiple CPU Cores are needed, e.g. for gaming, video rendering, and other demanding applications.
But how to cool such large and powerful processors effectively?
Adjusted CPU Cooler needed
Because of the larger design, conventional CPU air coolers, which are compatible with AMD’s AM4 Socket and are designed for regular Ryzen processors, won’t fit the sTR4 for Threadripper CPUs.
Threadripper CPU coolers can, however, usually also be mounted and used on Ryzen processors in the AM4 socket.
Due to the high performance and the resulting high heat level of about 180 W TDP, AMD conducted extensive tests to check the compatibility of the cooling solutions available on the market.
The list of AMD certified Tthreadripper CPU coolers can be found here.