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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Results: Temperatures

For our stock testing our Intel Core i7 3770k will be kept at 3.50 GHz with a minimal 1.05v. For overclocked CPU testing, we will be running our CPU at 4.5GHz with 1.25v. Idle temperatures will be recorded after a fifteen minute period of inactivity. Any fluctuation during the last sixty seconds will reset the timer for an additional five minutes. Load temperatures will be recorded after a fifteen minute period of 100% load. To obtain this load we will be using Prime95 v27.7. Any fluctuation during the last sixty seconds will reset the timer for an additional five minutes.

Please note we start our charts at 25C which is the ambient temperature at the time of testing. Since we are dealing with air cooling it is physically impossible for the temps to be less than ambient. This is why we start our charts at 25C.

Stock Settings

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At our stock settings we can see that both cooler perform significantly better than our stock cooler. Looking a little closer and we see the bigger Freezer i30 taking the top spot by a couple of degrees. The smaller Freezer 13 does very well in these tests coming behind the much bigger SilverStone HE01 by a single degree Celsius.

If you're not overclocking, either of the Arctic Cooling products listed here will serve you very well. But we're not done just yet.

Overclock Settings

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Tuning up to overclocked levels we see a much different picture. The larger SilverStone HE021 is able to regain the top spot. Again though, we see a very large gain over the stock cooler by both the Freezer i30 and Freezer 13. Both Freezer coolers are within a single degree Celsius of each other which is surprising given the difference in size. Let's see how they stack up in the noise department.

Sound

To give us a frame of reference for the levels of sound we hear, I've included a chart courtesy of the manufacturer of our sound testing equipment.

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The larger, slower spinning fan of the i30 produces less noise than the Freezer 13's smaller fan. The difference is small and hard to notice by simply listening. The sound produced by both is a low hum and is easy to ignore. It was even quiet enough to go unnoticed in a quiet room by my sleeping wife; a definite plus.