Refrigeration

ARCTIC Freezer A13X - Review

The correct dissipation of heat from the processor is important so that it lasts much longer. Just as there are processors for all tastes and needs, there are heatsinks for all processors. ARCTIC, one of the most important brands in refrigeration has launched the ARCTIC Freezer A13X. This compact heatsink has been developed exclusively for entry-level and mid-range AMD Ryzen processors and of course, for Ryzen APUs.

Thanks to ARCTIC for giving us this heatsink

Unboxing Arctic Freezer A13X

Heatsink-CPU-Arctic-Freezer-A13X front case

We have before us a really simple heatsink that arrives in a fairly small blue box. As indicated on the front of the box, this version is exclusively for AMD processors, specifically for the AM4 socket.

Heatsink-CPU-Arctic-Freezer-A13X back case

The back of the case of this ARCTIC Freezer A13X points out some of the main aspects of this heatsink. As stated, it has been tested with the Ryzen 5 3600X processor with all 6 cores running at 3.8GHz. The Freezer A13X peaks at 86ºC and the AMD Wraith Spire at 93ºC. Logically this refers to a stress test on all cores with a 100% load, something that does not occur in gaming, for example.

Heatsink-CPU-Arctic-Freezer-A13X unboxing

Inside the box, in addition to the heatsink with the fan installed, we find anchoring pieces. Specifically, we find the bracket to anchor it to the base plate and the necessary hardware for this task.


ARCTIC Freezer A13X Design

Heatsink-CPU-Arctic-Freezer-A13X bracket

ARCTIC has wanted the Freezer A13X to be exclusive to socket AM4 AMD Ryzen processors. The truth is that the performance it can offer us is very good for the marked price.

Heatsink-CPU-Arctic-Freezer-A13X 1 fan removed

This heatsink uses a 92mm PWM type fan. This fan is installed in a plastic casing that covers part of the block. We see how on the sides the trim has a plastic area and on the top the plastic piece covers the heatpipe.

Heatsink-CPU-Arctic-Freezer-A13X tower fins

This heatsink features a dense tower of aluminum fins for efficient heat dissipation. The aluminum fins are crossed by three heatpipes that start from the base of the heatsink, which is in contact with the IHS of the processor.


Features ARCTIC Freezer A13X

Heatsink-CPU-Arctic-Freezer-A13X side

The mission of the plastic structure in which the fan has been integrated is to guide the air. We see that on the side of the fin block you can see an aluminum surface that covers the side. This has been done so that the entire air passes through the aluminum fins. In this way, a viewing tunnel is generated that increases the heat dissipation efficiency.

Heatsink-CPU-Arctic-Freezer-A13X trim

The 92mm fan has a PWM design and consists of five helical shaped blades. This fan can operate between 300RPM and 2000RPM, depending on the needs of the moment. This fan has a fluid dynamic class bearing for which there is no data on its useful life. The static pressure or air flow data have not been provided either, although if it is indicated that the maximum loudness will be 24.5dBA

Heatsink-CPU-Arctic-Freezer-A13X base

This ARCTIC Freezer A13X makes use of a system of three heatpipes that rise to the right and left of the heatsink and go through all the aluminum fins. The heatpipes have direct contact with the processor to more efficiently conduct the temperature. A layer of Arctic MX-2 thermal compound has been placed on these.


Specifications ARCTIC Freezer A13X

TechnologyAir cooling
Compatible socketAMD AM4
Heat pipesCopper
FinsAluminum
Ventilador92 mm
Fan typePWM
Fan speed300–2000RPM
Noise24.5dBA
Fan bearingFluid dynamic bearing
Sizes× × 137 108.5 85.5 mm
Weight/size443 g
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Benchmark

We have tested the ARCTIC Freezer A13X heatsink for quite some time with the AMD Ryzen 5 2600X @ 4.1GHz processor. The processor is overclocked and in a stress test on Prime95 for 1 hour at 78ºC, which is a very good result. The AMD stock heatsink reached 74ºC as soon as charging started and 92ºC after 1 hour of operation.

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Conclusion

The ARCTIC Freezer A13X heatsink compared to the reference AMD Wraith, the truth is that it is well worth it. The AMD heatsink reached 92ºC in stress test for 1 hour only to the processor and with this heatsink it stayed at 78ºC. The difference is 14ºC, which in a processor is brutal. Obviously no one will have a Ryzen 5 2600X at home with overclocking to all cores and at 100% load. But the correct conclusion is that we will have the processor much better cooled and we will extend its operating life.

Neither has RGB, nor is it a large heatsink, nor is it heavy and much less expensive. This heatsink is around € 26 approximately, which is very little to be a heatsink that offers great performance. Nor is it going to break any budget, since its price is really low. The truth is that whoever buys an AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT processor down and buys this heatsink will be making an excellent decision.

  • Excellent heatsink for the price it has
  • Very easy to install
  • Has a fairly quiet 92mm fan
  • Built to create an air tunnel to the aluminum fins
  • Simple aesthetics without RGB
  • Lower temperatures than AMD reference heatsink
  • For this price we will hardly find something better on the market
  • Nothing to highlight
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ARCTIC Freezer A13X

Design
Performance
Temperature
PWM
Size

The ARCTIC Freezer A13X heatsink is one of the best solutions for AMD Ryzen processors with socket AM4 that we can find on the market. Although it may seem small, thanks to the tunnel effect generated on the aluminum fins, it offers truly spectacular operating temperatures. What more can you ask for for just 26 euros?

User Rating: 4.55 ( 1 votes)

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Robert Sole

Director of Contents and Writing of this same website, technician in renewable energy generation systems and low voltage electrical technician. I work in front of a PC, in my free time I am in front of a PC and when I leave the house I am glued to the screen of my smartphone. Every morning when I wake up I walk across the Stargate to make some coffee and start watching YouTube videos. I once saw a dragon ... or was it a Dragonite?

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