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ARCTIC Freezer i30 CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 26, 2012 7:09 am
TweakTown Rating: 80%Manufacturer: ARCTIC

Test System and Thermal Results

 

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With the system listed above I apply Arctic Cooling MX-2 to all the coolers I have tested on the Gigabyte motherboard to even things out with all the cooler manufacturers. To gauge the idle temperatures I allow the PC to run for a few minutes from the fresh reboot. I then open RealTemp and let thins again settle as the reading spikes until the processor is again fully idle. At this point I get the reading and report it to the charts. For the load testing, both stock and overclocked, we use Intel Burn Test to supply the system load. In this application I set it to work eight threads for 50 passes, and maximize the memory tested to over 3000MB to generate as much load as possible to the coolers. With RealTemp open for the entire run, I report the highest temperature seen during the test run. All cooler testing is done open air on a test bench with an ambient temperature of 25°C.

 

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I was very impressed to see that at idle, the Freezer i30 was able to hover at twenty-eight degrees, and the fan was running just under 550 RPM at the time when I checked it in AIDA 64. Very impressive results considering I couldn't hear the fan at this point.

 

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This is just the proof of results taken from the stock settings run of our testing.

 

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This is the same thing; just the screenshot of the overclocked run is what is seen here. Typically I get the image earlier to show the CPU speeds, but the temperature proves enough.

 

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As we compare those results against the crowd, the stock results are very respectable, and that is what ARCTIC intends for this cooler. This is made to be a stock replacement cooler, but with some potential left in it for those who may want to tinker a bit. Now my overclocked runs are pretty harsh, and that is why I do them. Even though they came in last with it applied, I still had trouble hearing the thing with the RPMs hitting 1421 with 12 volts applied to it.

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