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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 i30

The Arctic Cooling Freezer i30 is the cooler geared more for enthusiasts like us. It uses a larger fan with a larger array of cooling fins and incorporates direct-touch heat pipes. The fan is 120mm which is perfect if you want to swap it out for a higher performing fan or maybe a quieter one. The housing has rubber grommets built in so you only need to swap out the fan and now worry about anything else; a nice touch.

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Package & Specs

For the Freezer i30, Arctic Cooling uses the more standard packaging filled with colorful images and useful information.

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Dimensions: (L) 100mm x (W) 139mm x (H) 161mm

Weight: 900g w/ fan

Material: Direct-Touch copper heat pipes with aluminum fins

Compatibility:

Intel

  • LGA 2011
  • LGA 1156
  • LGA 1155
  • AMD

  • None
  • Fan:

  • Size: 120mm x 25mm
  • Speed: 400~1350 RPM
  • Air Flow: 74 CFM max
  • Noise: No data
  • Contents & Flatness

    I was surprised to see how few components were included with the Freezer i30. It was then that I realized why. Without support for AMD processors, Arctic Cooling can leaving out extra brackets and screws that others would need to include.

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    Determining if there are any warps or dents in a cooler with direct-touch heatpipes is never easy. Here we have a good image that shows us the care that went into the Freezer i30. Oh, and it's free of any defects.

    Photos

    Here are a few photos of the Freezer i30 from various angles.

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    Installation & Contact

    Installing the Freezer i30 is a standard operation. After installing the backplate, you'll need to attach the retention brackets. Once that is done you're ready for the cooler to go on.

    Micro ATX Installation

    The Freezer i30 fits well on our micro ATX board but there is one problem.

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    The cooler blocks the first RAM slot on our board. With RAM prices being so low, companies need to assume that enthusiasts will populate all four (or more) slots with DIMMs. With the Freezer i30, this would not be possible on our ASUS board. Hopefully, this won't be a problem with our full sized board.

    As far as vertical clearance goes, we have ample space between the bottom of the cooler's fins and the board's heatsink.

    ATX Installation

    Overall, the Freezer i30 fits easily into our standard ATX board. It doesn't block the top PCIe slot and it easily clears the heatsink covering the power circuitry.

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    It would seem though, that it still blocks the first RAM slot which is a problem. It would seem that if you want to use this cooler, you will have to forgo using four sticks of RAM if you're using a board similar to ours.

    As far as contact goes, the Freezer i30 made excellent contact with our CPU giving us the best possible performance.