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ARCTIC Freezer i30 review

A bargain-priced CPU cooler with high-price performance

Our Verdict

For

  • Build quality
  • Price
  • Stock performance

Against

  • Not one for overclockers

The ARCTIC Freezer i30 CPU coolers are the latest products to market from masters of cooling ARCTIC, and have been designed to support wattages up to a staggering 320 Watts. So, it doesn't just have a clever name then.

Usually anything than can provide that amount of cooling support comes with an impressive price tag. But not so the ARCTIC Freezer i30, which comes at a price that pretty much suits all budgets, of around £35 in the UK or $50 in the US.

Despite the relatively low price, the cooler is very well put together, with a build quality that shames many a cooler with much higher price tags.

Arctic Cooling Freezer i30 at a glance
CPU Socket:
IntelSocket LGA 2011/1156/1155
Number of Heatpipes: 4 x 8mm Copper direct contact
Cooling Fan: 1 x 120mm (300-1,350pm)
Dimensions: 139 x 100 x 161mm, 905g

Notice the 'i' in the name. That is a pretty important thing to takes notice of, because the ARCTIC Freezer i30 comes with installation parts for Intel CPUs (LGA 2011, 1155 or 1156) only.

But fear not AMD fans, if you want to use the Freezer cooler then choose the ARCTIC Freezer A30, which is a specifically AMD (FM1, AM3+, AM3, AM2+ or AM2) cooler.

Performance

To test the coolers we used an Intel DZ77GA-70K motherboard and one of the new Intel Core i7 3770K (3.5GHz) Ivy Bridge CPUs, which we overclocked to 4.5GHz for some of the tests.

To stress the CPU we ran the Small FFTs test in Prime95 for 20 minutes, using the RealTemp utility to measure the core temperatures, averaging out the temperature for all the cores.

Benchmarks

CPU standard clock (3770K @3.5GHz)
CPU Idle (Windows 7 64-bit, all power saving turned off, temperature measured after 15mins)

Degrees C: lower is better
ARCTIC Freezer i30: 22
Be Quiet Dark Rock2: 26
Titan Fenrir Siberia Edition: 26

CPU standard clock (3770K @3.5GHz)
CPU 100% (Temperature measured after 20 min. run of Prime 95 - small FFTs)

Degrees C: lower is better
ARCTIC Freezer i30: 58
Titan Fenrir Siberia Edition: 60
Be Quiet Dark Rock2: 65

Time from peak to idle

Seconds: Faster is better
Titan Fenrir Siberia Edition: 61
ARCTIC Freezer i30: 119
Be Quiet Dark Rock2: 127

CPU Overclocked (3770K @ 4.5GHz)
CPU Idle (Windows 7 64-bit, all power saving turned off, temperature measured after 15mins)

ARCTIC Freezer i30: 23
Titan Fenrir Siberia Edition: 30
Be Quiet Dark Rock2: 31

CPU Overclocked (3770K @ 4.5GHz)
CPU 100% (Temperature measured after 20 min. run of Prime 95 - small FFTs)

Degrees C: lower is better
ARCTIC Freezer i30: 77
Be Quiet Dark Rock2: 98
Titan Fenrir Siberia Edition: 98

CPU Overclocked (3770K @ 4.5GHz)
Time from peak to idle

Seconds: Faster is better
Titan Fenrir Siberia Edition: 96
Arctic Cooling Freezer i30: 152
Be Quiet Dark Rock2: 160

Considering how little it costs, the performance of the Arctic Cooling Freezer i30 at stock speeds is very impressive.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCooling Fan/Heatsink
Number of Fans1
Compatible Processor SocketSocket R LGA-2011, Socket H LGA-1156, Socket H2 LGA-1155
Fan Speed1 x 1350 rpm
Brand NameArctic Cooling
Application/UsageProcessor
Fan Diameter1 x 120 mm
Height161 mm
Width139 mm
Depth100 mm
Fan Bearing TypeFluid Dynamic Bearing
Compatibility

Intel Processors:

  • i7 Extreme
  • i7
  • i5
  • i3
  • Pentium
  • Celeron
ManufacturerArctic Cooling
Product Modeli30
Product NameFreezer i30
Product LineFreezer
Manufacturer Part NumberUCACO-FI30001-GB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.arctic-cooling.com
Marketing Information

The Freezer i30 is an enthusiast-grade CPU cooler for the latest Intel socket 2011, as well as socket 1155 and 1156. Patented technologies, direct touch heatpipes, precision machining, a fan vibration absorption and a brand new mounting system offers you plenty of overclocking headroom at a minimal noise level.

Package Contents
  • Freezer i30
  • MX-4 Thermal Compound
MaterialAluminium Fin, Steel Clip, Rubber
Limited Warranty6 Year
Weight (Approximate)900 g