ARCTIC Freezer 33 eSports Edition CPU Cooler
Staring at the intake of the Freezer 33 eSports Edition shows that the fan covers the majority of the fin stack, and the fan clips are above and below the cooler, not out to the sides where it could short to something close. The pops of bright red in the ring around the blades as well as the tabs on the corners does add a lot to what could have been very plain looking.
The sides of the tower are nearly fully enclosed, but there is a thin gap near the leading edge, and we like that the black carries down the pipes and even onto the base. If you look closely, you will also notice that the fans are spaced differently, with thicker spacers on the rear fan than on the front fan. The offsets along with the closed sides should help with the efficiency of this cooler compared to open style coolers in our charts.
The back of the cooler is nearly identical to the front view, but this time the fan is showing the frame and the BioniX F120 name on the hub. Dropping to the bottom of the cooler, we see that the pipes are bent differently, so that they can be offset inside of the tower for better heat transfer.
Again, things look very similar from this side to the other side, so we want to bring up the fan clips again. The clips go into holes at the top and bottom of the cooler, but the front fan clips are different from the rear clips. Since the fans use different spacing, the fan clips will not work if the fans are accidentally reversed during installation.
From the top, the cooler keeps that same red on black theme going on, Between the fan sandwich is the tower, which we can see has flat edged fins at the front and the back, but we do like the vent louvers near the back to help direct airflow, and we appreciate that not a single pipe lines up behind another.
Usually, we just mention that the fans have a 4-pin PWM connection to power them, but in this instance, there is an added bonus. Rather than giving out a Y-Splitter cable, both fans have a male 4-pin PWM fan tail connected, so that either fan can power the other, or even possibly addition chassis fans.
Moving in much closer to the bottom of the cooler, we can see the angles and bends needed of the heat pipes as they leave the aluminum base, to make it into the fins, offset as they are two images ago. The same "special coating" used on the fins is also what covers the pipes as well as the chunk of aluminum used to mount the cooler with additional hardware attached.
We do prefer the pipes to touch rather than having a strip of aluminum between each one, as it allows for more of the pipes to contact the CPU. Once the pipes are set into the base of the cooler, both are machined in an arching pattern, which leaves a very uneven surface.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [ARCTIC Freezer 33 eSports Edition CPU Cooler]
- Page 4 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 5 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup, Thermal Tests, and Noise Results]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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