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3DCOOL Athlon Freezer Pro Fan Review

Author: Ryan Shrout
Manufacturer: 3DCOOL
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What It Does

This content was originally featured on Amdmb.com and has been converted to PC Perspective's website. Some color changes and flaws may appear.

With all that said and done, what does the Athlon Freezer Pro really offer?

First, the heatsink itself is large; at 1.25" x 2.25" x 4.75". The rungs on
the heatsink are thick and sturdy so you don't have to be worried about
bending them over when you remove the CPU from the case. From the pictures,
you can see the heatsink is a brilliant purple cooler that adds to the
image the fan emotes.

The fans are big and quiet: almost the perfect combination. Pushing
46 Cubic Feet per Minute of air total, these fans have the power
to keep the heatsink cool. The chrome grills that cover the two fans
are both neat to look at and useful. You no longer need to worry
about getting fan wires or power connectors tangled in the fan blades
and stopping the fans: this would hinder your cooling project now, wouldn't
it?

Connecting the heatsink to the processor is very simple,
just as you would expect. Two clips located at the top of the
heatsink allow for individual locking of the stability
clips. As a gift to the purchasers of this heatsink,
the people at 3DCOOL included a power adaptor that allows
you to plug in both of the fans on the Athlon Freezer Pro
to a single 3-pin power connector on the motherboard.

The only major difficulty you will find with this high-end fan
and heatsink is mainly directed towards the users who have unfortunate
ATX-power connector placement on their motherboard. Boards such as the
Asus K7M and Soltek SL-77KV. As many of you know, the ATX power placement makes
putting any other heatsink than the retail AMD fan a chore, since
the area where the power connector is at, and where the fans are suppposed
to be, overlaps; which is not good. Ben, owner of 3DCOOL, tells me their
is a simple modification you can do to the Athlon Freezer to allow these
fans to fit on those motherboards that it normally would not. Simply unscrew
the fan that is having problems from the heatsink, and move it up
the heatsink around one inch, and put 2 of the 4 screws back in
to the fan. All should be well.

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