Originally Posted by Bound
Ok...I searched this forum and read many reviews and thoughts on the Artic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro... Most say it is a good, cheap HSF that does an OK job. I wanted to know if it would be enough to keep an E2200 overclocked to 3ghz cooled(Motherboard is Asus P5N-E). If not can you recommend me something that could? Thanks
IMHO, it's not really any better than the stock intel cooler that comes with the E2xxx CPU's to be honest (though for the price of aftermarke coolers, it's quite efficient as far as cost/cooling goes). It probably helps more to keep down case temps since the heat from the CPU is being blown directly onto a case exhaust fan (as opposed to towards the motherboard like with the stock cooler). I run my e2180 with 1.42vcore (after vdroop) at 3.2GHz and orthos load temps hover around 57-61C (depending on ambients, which is around 68F). I'm idling around 27C. With gaming or constant video converting, I never go above 50C.
I think if you're shooting for 3.5+ GHz, which likely will require 1.5v+ vcore, then you might want better cooling--but chances are, the AC7 won't get you there either... Just my $0.02.