Review: Arctic Freezer 36

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Arctic Freezer 36
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CPU Cooler Details:
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Brand Arctic
Cooler Name Freezer 36
Fan 1 Name P12 PWM PST
Fan 2 Name P12 PWM PST
Stated dBa None
Number of Heat Pipes 4
Full Size (WxHxD): 126x159x104 mm
Air Cooler Rating: Install 10 (Easy)
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Fan Details for CPU Cooler:
Metric Fan 1 Fan 2
Fan Name P12 PWM PST P12 PWM PST
Fan Location Front Rear
Fan Flow Type Push Pull
CPU Only Fan No No
Max RPM 1800 1800
Fan Size (mm) 120 120
Fan Width (mm) 25 25
Manufacture Rated dBa 22.5 22.5
Manufactured Rated Airflow (cmf) 56.3 56.3
Manufactured Rated Air Pressure (h2o) 2.2 2.2
Number Of Pins 4 4
PWM Fan Yes Yes
Bearing Type Fluid Dynamic Fluid Dynamic
Watts (W) 0.96 0.96
Current (A) 0.08 0.08
Max Volts 12.00 12.00

Design and Aesthetics:

This cooler features an all black design with a single heatsink, two Arctic P12 fans, and a polished top. It offers a clean and polished appearance that's ideal for an all-black setup, which is my preferred build.

Install Notes:

the Arctic Freezer 36 features a novel way to secure the fan to the cooler. It uses buttons that are pre-installed and attached to the fan to snap into the cooler. This makes the process much easier relative to the main steam method that uses wires that can sometimes bend the heatsink fans. The rest of the installation process follows the industry standard with mounting brackets that secure the cooler to the motherboard. Given it's size, it's much easier to handle than some of the larger dual tower coolers.

Cooling Performance:

This cooler is better than many others and runs almost at full speed when cooling high-power CPUs with a lot of use. It works well for medium-level CPUs that produce a moderate amount of heat. However, it might not cool down CPUs very well if they generate a lot of heat.

Noise Performance:

This cooler is relatively quiet, making it perfect for setups where silence is important. Its efficiency in cooling relative to its noise level is matched by very few other coolers.


The Arctic Freezer 36 features a novel fan attachment method with pre-installed buttons for easy setup, avoiding the complications of traditional wire methods. Its compact size and standard mounting brackets simplify installation, making it less cumbersome than larger coolers. With an all-black design, single heatsink, and two Arctic P12 fans, it offers a sleek look ideal for all-black setups. This cooler performs well, efficiently cooling high-power CPUs under heavy use, best suited for medium-level CPUs. Despite its effectiveness, it may not handle extremely hot CPUs as well. Its quiet operation is a significant advantage, making it perfect for noise-sensitive environments, standing out for its exceptional cooling-to-noise ratio.

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CPU Details:
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Brand AMD
Cooler Name Ryzen 7 5800X
CPU Socket AM4
Cores 8
Thread Count 16
Max Temperature 90°C
Base Clock 3.8GHz
Max Boost Clock 4.7GHz
Cache L1
Cache L2 4MB
Cache L3 32MB
Processor Power Base 105W
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