Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
In all the time we have been at TweakTown, there has been maybe a half dozen air coolers for CPUs that have been sent over in the past, but as long as we have been in the PC hobby, ARCTIC has been a huge player in aftermarket cooling. In the early days, they were better known for impressive GPU coolers, but the majority of the time, ARCTIC also made quite a few successful CPU coolers as well. While they may have been eclipsed by the bigger players with bigger budgets, even if you were looking for something as simple as thermal paste of stick on heat sinks, it is highly likely you were acquainted with ARCTIC somewhere in your PC history.
The reason we are here now is due to one of their later CPU air coolers that hit the market some time ago now. Based on a single tower design, ARCTIC opts for dual fans to cool it, but there are also updated features that earlier coolers lacked, and a bit of marketing to mix in there as well.
Where many dual fan single-tower designs have been hugely successful in the past, where coolers like the NiC C5 come to mind, ARCTIC decided to brand its cooler for the eSports Community. Other than a splash of color added into the aesthetic department we see very little that would make this cooler any more ready for eSports than any other design on the market. However, we will jump through all of the hoops first and see if there is something we missed before we go on any tangents.
As we bring you the ARCTIC Freezer 33 eSports Edition CPU cooler, we think back to the original Freezer coolers, and we can see how much efforts ARCTIC has put in to this cooler since those days. The cooler you are about to see does have a better presence than the earlier models did, the looks have certainly improved in both the design of the tower, and the pop of color offered from the fans. At first glance, the Freezer 33 eSports Edition cooler is something you would love to have mounted to any system with a red, yellow, green, or white theme, but we would urge you to continue reading to grasp the entire situation before you open your wallet.
While there are three versions of the Freezer 33, we are covering the eSports Edition, not the vanilla Freezer 33 or the other single fan cooled Freezer 33 ONE. With both fans attached to the single tower, it stands 150mm tall, it is 123mm wide, and is 103mm deep from intake to exhaust, weighing in at 805 grams. The base plate of the cooler is made of aluminum, which holds the four 6mm diameter copper heat pipes next to each other across the base, before both are milled to offer a direct touch base on the Freezer 33.
The pipes are then sent through a stack of forty-nine aluminum fins, which have the side bent, touching the next fin, enclosing them for better airflow through the tower. There are color choices for this cooler, but the tower is black. Compatibility is limited to just the newest sockets, and even though we have issue with a 320W TDP rating for this cooler, ARCTIC is making this claim. What we do like, though, is that the cooler is backed by a ten-year warranty, and that is something we do not see much at all.
A pair of BioniX F120 fans are what is cooling the tower, and each has plastic rings inserted into the frame, and is how they can offer four color choices, but you need to be sure to buy the appropriate model, as not all of them come in one box. The cooler specifications do not show anything worthwhile about the fans, so with a bit of digging, we were able to see that the BioniX F120 fans are said to have 67.56 CFM per fan and 2/75 mmH2O.
These fans will spin in a range of 200 to 1800 RPM on a fluid dynamic bearing, using a 3-phase motor. The reason we mention the three-phase motor, is that it can and will throw off the RPM readings in software. We can only assume that if a four-phase motor doubles the RPM, then the three-phase use will adjust RPM by a factor of 1.5 times over the actual speed.
Looking at ARCTIC, we were seeing the $49.99 MSRP of the Freezer 33 eSports Editions, no matter which color you wanted, and we felt that with what we know from testing, it may have been a bit steep. However, as time has gone by, we see two things. Pricing has dropped on some coolers since the release, and the other is that color makes a huge difference in cost. Amazon does have stock of the plain Freezer 33 version or the ONE, but not a single listing for the eSports Edition.
We then moved over to Newegg, where we saw listings for what we are testing. The cooler we have in hand, the red variant, it is not listed at all, but we did find the yellow and green versions. The yellow option will cost you only $47.99, but astonishingly, if you would rather have the green one, be prepared to shell out $73.99 for it. For the purposes of this review, we will have to use the MSRP as our guide as we continue on with the review of this red ARCTIC Freezer 33 eSports Edition CPU cooler.