Arctic Freezer i30 - Enthusiast-grade CPU cooler

5/26/2012 11:35:01 AM

Unlike many computer component categories, there is not much room for gimmicks with CPU coolers. The good coolers help processors run longer than the lifespan of it. The cooling devices help it run cooler under load and at a rate significantly higher than capital. But the best cooling devices achieve all above goals without making your system shout as the carrier during a military exercise. ARCTIC Freezer i30 is in the last category, and we'll show you why.

Description: ARCTIC Freezer i30

When comparing a cheap cooling with a cooling device designed for overclockers and computer enthusiasts, the first thing you'll notice is the copper wire. ARCTIC deployed 4 8mm copper heat pipe with U-shaped cross with 48aluminum grilles. Freezer i30 also includes a 120mm PWM fan. At first glance, Freezer i30 looks like any other cooling equipment that we have evaluated. Thing is much less common in the Freezer i30 is the direct-touch heat pipe. Instead of using a separate piece of copper (or worse, aluminum) between the CPU heat sink and heat pipe, ARCTIC has machined by the heat pipe into a nearby flat surface, allowing thermal energy to move around a single gap before the draw from the CPU. In the cooling fan uses the same basic design but runs the heat pipe through a solid contact with the CPU, heat has to make two transfers prior to the most effective part of the fan.

Freezer i30 is compatible with Intel socket: LGA1156, LGA1155, and LGA2011. Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 motherboard uses in our test system has 4 strips of memory layout on the east side of the CPU socket, and the result is that the Freezer i30 fan is not cooling them. Fortunately, the ARCTIC mounting hardware enables you to direct the heat (and so is the fan) in any direction, so we chose Freezer i30 set to push air up the chassis top, where a fan in the upper panel supports it to dispel heat.

ARCTIC 120mm PWM fan is capable of operating at very low noise, thanks to the quiet impeller, the rubber vibration damping stick fan with fan clamp, maximum speed 1350rpm is quite slow. Inherent fan of Intel Core i7-2600K is equipped with a much smaller fan and have to shoot at speeds above 2000rpm to keep up. Although we have checked Freezer i30 with 95W processors, this cooler has cooling capacity up to 320W; it will be enough to cool your overclocking Intel Core i7-3960X.

To test Freezer i30, we installed it on Core i7-2600K and using heat sink the MX-4 of Freezer i30 for inherent Intel and Freezer i30 cooling devices. We ran Prime95 and POV-RAY on all 4 cores and record the temperature by using RealTemp. In idle mode, two coolers keep the processor at temperatures below 40 degrees C, on average. Under load, Freezer i30 is really shine, 20 degrees C cooler than inherent cooling device. If that is not enough impressive, Freezer i30 also do it while reducing a few decibels noise.

When you consider the incredible 320W power, nearly silent operation, 6 years warranty, and very accessible price, Freezer i30 is bargain whether you consider it in any way.

Description: ARCTIC Freezer i30

Freezer i30

Price: $49,95

Driver: Forceware 280.26

Specifications: Socket compatibility:
Intel LA1155/1156/2011; materials: copper (heat pipes), aluminum (grille); size: 6.3 x 5.5 x 3.9 inches (HxWxD); fans: 1 120mm PWM (200 to 1350rpm); air flow: 74cfm; noise: 0.3 Sone (at a speed of 1350rpm)

Specifications of the test system:
Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K (at 3.4GHz clock) Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X68X-UD3H-B3; Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 580; RAM: 16GB Patriot Division 4 DDR3-1600; storage: 128GB Crucial RealSSD C300; PSU: FSP Group Aurum CM 750W.


Test result (°C)

Inherent cooler Intel Core i7-2600K

ARCTIC Cooling Freezer i30

Intel Core i7-2600K





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