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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

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Since the Freezer i30 is Intel specific, the 1155/1156 back plate is just that, there isn't any other back plate provided. The other side of the plate has a sticker that will allow you to apply it to the motherboard. In the front is the thin syringe of MX-4 supplied with the cooler.




The rest of the hardware consists of the large top mounting brackets with a 3M sheet of stickers for the plastic spacers on the left. Speaking of these spacers, there are four metal ones used with LGA 2011, and the plastic ones are used for the rest. On the right you see four fat screws to use with LGA 2011. The two smaller screws mount the large top pieces to the base of the cooler, and the four longer screws are used to mount the top plates to the other sockets besides LGA 2011.




The instructions are very thorough, and they even start with full details on how to remove the Intel stock cooling solution. It then covers the universality of its mounting allowing air to flow in any direction, and then dives right into the LGA 2011 mounting. All of this is under the included parts list so that you can verify you have everything you need to install the Freezer i30.




Flipping the instructions over continues the LGA 2011 mounting to completion. Under that ARCTIC continues on and ends the instructions with the LGA 1155 and LGA 1156 mounting instructions.




A look inside the shroud shows the ARCTIC F12 PWM fan nestled inside. As I mentioned there aren't any screws used, just rubber washers on all four corners of both side of the fan to isolate any vibrations from the clips of the plastic shroud.




Taking it one step further you can see how easy this unit will be to clean and maintain. Just unclip the shroud, flop out the fan and clean it, how much more simple can it be? If you do want to swap out fans, I would recommend reusing the rubber washers from the stock fan.

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