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I am fond of aftermarket CPU Coolers and whenever I get an opportunity, I test them when I get my hands on them. While there have been a lot of CPU coolers from different vendors this year, I got fortunate enough to get hands on one of them. Arctic sent me their Freezer 33 eSports One CPU cooler a few months ago but due to some complications, it reached me very late. I wasn’t able to test it when I got it because my testing RIG motherboard died. So I ordered a new one. I am very thankful to Arctic that they sent me their Bionix fans and the cooler for review from Germany.
|Heatsink||Aluminum Fins x 49, Thickness:0.5 mm, 123mmx150mmx80mm|
|Base||Direct touch Ø 6 mm x 4|
|Fan||120 mm, 200 –1,800 RPM (controlled by PWM)|
|Bearing||Fluid Dynamic Bearing|
|Noise Leve||0.5 Sone|
|Current/Voltage||0.20 A/+ 12 V DC per Fan|
Packing was fine. The best thing which I liked about its box was the description of the cooler and the installation method. Arctic made a good use of the box sides in explaining everything you need.
Inside the box, you will find the necessary things that are used to install the Cooler. There were two additional fan clips for attaching the fan and a rubber which I didn’t use. As far as the accessories are concerned, you can clearly tell from looking at them, that the installation process is going to be very easy.
The only thing that I didn’t like is that MX-4 thermal compound in a small packet. Yes, it is obvious that they can’t provide a big tube with a budget cooler like this but a small tube should be a good replacement if one ever wants to re-install the cooler. Anyways, not a big deal for me.
Taking a close look
The cooler is pretty much basic from all sides and the black colour really looks good on the heatsink. The advantage of a black heatsink is that it goes well with any colour themed build. Coating the aluminium heatsink for some is not ideal as it may put some minor performance issues but it’s very unnoticeable in real life. Anyways black is a good absorber of heat and coating with a single layer won’t kill the performance.
The black/red coloured Bionix F120 fan matches the heatsink well and it’s perfect for any black/red themed build. There are although options if you want to choose a different colour. Arctic is providing, White, Red, Green and Yellow coloured fans for this cooler.
Now take a look at its base. The cooler is using a small aluminium base with 4 copper heat pipes that are passing through it and exposed to the eye. This means that the heat conductivity will be good as there are a lot of coolers which uses the same method and I have tested some of them. This technique saves some cost but still provides good performance.
These 4 copper heatpipes are also painted in black and pass through the whole aluminium heatsink and end at the top.
The fan uses PWM control method and comes with a cable having a male connector along with the 4 pin PWM connector.
Installation was the easiest which I have ever seen on a CPU cooler. Just put the bracket at the back aligning to the screw holes and put the cooler on the top. Then use the two steel clips to fix the cooler on the CPU. I was very happy with the installation method. The more complicated the installation is, the more likely I would like to deduct the rating.
As the cooler uses the universal method of installation, you don’t need to check the manuals for instructions. Just check the back of the cooler box for knowing how to install it. It’s pretty much straightforward.
The cooler didn’t take too much space but I think that it would be difficult to install it with tall memories if you put one in the first slot. Know that installing the cooler requires you to first remove the fan because you can’t put screws into the clips unless you do that.[nextpage title=”Testing and Benchmarks”]
Here is the RIG I used for testing the cooler(I use this same rig for every other cooler to keep the results fair):-
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This time, there is some change in the testing rig methodology. The first one is the change of motherboard. As my previous motherboard, the Asus Z170 Pro gaming died, I used the MSI Z270 PC Mate which should be almost equivalent to the Asus one. Though, I miss the AI Suite 3 software through which it was very easy to overclock and tweak different parts.
The other change was the removal of the cabinet. I took out everything out to make the cooler work at its best. The result will, however, vary if used with a closed chassis but as I tested every other CPU cooler with my cabinet opened from all sides, this should put no difference to the testing.
Another different thing this time was that I wasn’t able to overclock the CPU to 4.5GHz. It kept crashing. I don’t know why so I just ended up doing at 4.2Ghz. I generally use two clock speeds for testing: 3.5Ghz and 4.5Ghz on all cores but this time I did with 3.5Ghz and 4.2Ghz. I think it is still ok because this CPU cooler is not meant for breaking overclocking world records.
Testing Environment and Methodology
Testing was done at 31 Degree C room temperature and as different coolers are tested in different seasons, I will also include the Delta T benchmarks to keep the comparison fair. Delta T will be obtained by subtracting the room temperature from the temperature of the CPU after benchmarking. So for example, if the room temperature is 25C and the CPU temperature after benchmarking is 60C, then Delta T will be equal to 60C- 25C= 45C. This will be done to make the comparison of different CPU coolers tested in different seasons fair.
Noise testing was done by an LCD noise tester in a silent room after switching off every fan in the case except that of PSU. The tester was kept around 1 inch far away from the CPU cooler Fan.
The software used was Heavyload for stress testing the CPU, which was used for 10 minutes for each benchmark and then 5 minutes were given to the CPU cooler to cool down at its full speed until the temperature went to its initial idle temperature. For measuring the temperature of CPU and fan speed I use CPUID HWMonitor. For overclocking the CPU I used the Intel Extreme Tuning Utility and for tweaking the fan speed I used the MSI Bios.
As you can see from the graphs above, the cooler performs decent enough to justify its price of $30, however, note that it is not the best option for overclocking. If you use this for mild overclocking, then it is surely good but I recommend turning the fan to max speed if you want to achieve good results. Going below 1000 RPM will take the temperatures high in 70’s for sure. At 3000RPM, it becomes loud but managing the speed somewhere between 2000-2500RPM will be a wise choice where you won’t have to deal with a loud noise and high temperatures at the same time.
I like how Arctic has provided the wide speed range of fan operation where you can actually benefit from different circumstances. For instance, if you are not overclocking, just take the fan speed to the minimum and it is damn silent and when you overclock it, then take it over 2000RPM to get good results. For $30, there are some coolers which can beat it but Arctic is providing an unmatchable 10 years warranty with this thing. I don’t think that there is anything better than that.
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