Arctic Cooling Freezer i30 & Freezer 13 CPU Cooler Review

We are today reviewing two of Arctic Cooling's new CPU coolers. Both use fans for cooling. The Freezer i30 boasts enthusiast features with overclocking in mind, the Freezer 13 comes in a smaller package with sound levels in mind but still espouses a cooling capacity of 200 watts with near silence.

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Freezer 13

We will start with the smaller of the two coolers, the Arctic Cooling Freezer 13. It utilizes a 92mm fan and eight heat pipes to handle cooling duties. This is fairly standard for a mid-range cooler and should perform well.

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Package & Specs

Arctic Cooling uses a different style of packaging for the Freezer 13. Form fitted plastic molding gives you full view of the cooler while the info sheet on the back goes over some quick specs. It’s not protective packaging but as long as it’s packed with insulation it shouldn’t pose a problem.

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Dimensions: (L) 123mm x (W) 96mm x (H) 130mm

Weight: 695g w/ fan

Material: Copper base & heat pipes with aluminum fins

Compatibility:

Intel

  • LGA 1366
  • LGA 1156
  • LGA 1155
  • LGA 775
  • AMD

  • 754
  • 939
  • AM2
  • AM3
  • FM1
  • FM2
  • A quick side note here. I am very impressed with the level of compatibility. You can use the Freezer 13 with a CPU from 2003; impressive.

    Fan:

  • Size: 92mm x 25mm
  • Speed: 600~2000 RPM
  • Air Flow: No data
  • Noise: No data
  • Contents & Flatness

    Arctic cooling does a great job with its accessories. Here you can see these are packed according to CPU brand making it easy to grab only the pieces you need.

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    Looking at the base of our cooler we see nice even lines extending to all four edges of the base.

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    Same shots of the Freezer 13 from various angles.

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    Installation & Contact

    Installing the Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 is easier than most coolers. The retention bracket attaches to the motherboard with push pins that are incredibly easy to install and provide a very solid base. The cooler is attached to the bracket using two screws on our Intel CPU and when finished, is held tightly in place.

    Micro ATX Installation

    Looking at our Micro ATX board we see the Freezer 13 does not impede on any of the PCIe slots or DIMM slots. Dimensions have been kept in check and you’ll be free to use all available expansion slots.

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    The base of the Freezer 13 is also high enough to clear the motherboard heatsink.

    ATX Installation

    Switching over to our standard ATX board we see the same level of compatibility. The Freezer 13 does not impede on any adjacent slots and give you the freedom to fill all four DIMM slots if you so choose.

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    We have plenty of clearance over the motherboard heatsinks.

    The thermal residue may seem uneven but in fact this was due to the heatsink being so solidly mated to the CPU we had to twist back and forth until the cooler would release. This shows how solid the contact was and will go a long way to ensuring peak performance.