Arctic Liquid Freezer 120 AIO CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


Arctic are well-known for their air cooling products, having made many great products over the years, but now they’re moving into new territory with the release of their first water cooler. The Arctic Liquid Freezer 120 is an AIO water cooler, which means its going to be super easy to install and will need virtually no maintenance, making it an accessible option for those who don’t want to tackle custom loop cooling. It may only be a 120mm radiator, but Arctic are promising big performance, which will no doubt come from the thick radiator design, the two high-quality fans and their high-end pump and block design.

“We fully designed the F12 fan with CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) software and optimized it for high airflow. From all fans tested in our air tunnel and anechoic chamber the F12 offers the highest airflow at a given noise level – by margin” said Arctic. “Dual low noise 120 mm fans mounted on opposite sides of the radiator provide a great airflow. First fan pushes air through the radiator, second fan pulls the air through it. Controllable with PST function to adjust the fan speed based on CPU temperature.” they added. “The Fluid Dynamic Bearing comes with an oil capsule that avoids lubricant leakage. Thus this bearing is as quiet as a sleeve bearing but comes with a significantly higher service life.”

120mm radiators are extremely compatible with a huge range of chassis products, but keep in mind that at 49mm thick, as well as two 15mm thick fans, you’re going to need good clearance to einsure a comfortable fit, although we suspect this will only be an issue for some SFF chassis types.

The cooler offers up support for all the latest socket types, and with an impressive max TDP of 300 watts, it’s going to be able to handy virtually anything you throw at it.

  • Intel Socket: 2011(-3), 1150, 1151, 1155, 1156
  • AMD Socket: AM2(+), AM3(+), FM1, FM2(+)
  • Max. Cooling Performance: 300 Watts
  • Recommended for TDP up to: 250 Watts

The packaging is nicely designed, with a nice clear image of the cooler on the front, as well as a good amount of technical data on the sides.

There are some performance figures here, but as is often the case, I’ll trust my own numbers in our benchmarks, which we’ll take a look at shortly.

In the box, you’ll find a backplate, Intel and AMD mounting brackets, the installation guide, and all the usual nuts and bolts for mounting the fans, radiator, and pump.

Both F12 series fans are Arctics own design, with FDB and PWM speed control. What’s interesting is that both fans have super long cables and each has a Y-splitter so that you don’t lose the use of a fan header.


BioShock Mod Removes FPS Cap – Allows up to 144FPS

Bioshock, one of the most iconic FPS games of all time, is still just as great to play as it was when it was released, or is it? The PC game modding scene never ceases to amaze me and this time, the talented modder “Turtle [CPU Cool]” has released a mod that really brings BioShock into the modern age of PC gaming, again.

The games physics engine has a cap of 30FPS, or it did, as the new mod unlocks those already beautiful physics and kicks them up to 60, 120 and 144FPS targets, and if you think they looked great before, you haven’t seen anything yet!

The mod is available to download from GitHub, and if you’re looking for an excuse to replay this classic, this is the best one we’ve had in a long while. BioshockPhysicsUnlocker.exe is easy enough to install, just copy the file to your games directory, run the program, pick the FPS target you desire and you’re ready to rock.

For those of you with high refresh displays, the 144FPS mode is going to blow your mind. Check out the trailer for Phyiscs Unlocker below and be sure to check out the mod when you get a chance.

We love this mod, but what’s your favorite game mod?