Installation and Finished Product
As the instructions show us to, we first installed the brackets to both sides of the base on the cooler. Each bracket requires a single screw to secure it, but be mindful to ensure the bends near the end of the brackets goes away from the cooler so that the mounting holes align properly.
The next thing to do would be to install the backplate. It is designed to go only one way, with the ARCTIC name at the top, and the hole at the bottom for the socket screw. The threaded inserts are long enough, that when pressed onto the motherboard, they should protrude through the other side by a millimeter or two.
After applying the paste to the CPU HIS, set the cooler in place, and drop the screws through the top bracket, and secure them to the backplate. As with any cooler, apply pressure evenly as you set the screws, and when they run out of threads, mounting of the cooler is complete. Reinstall the fans on the appropriate sides of the cooler, plug them in, and you are good to go.
If we were to go back to air cooling on our daily drive, we would prefer a single-tower design such as this. It is designed not to encroach on anything surrounding the CPU, and while you do have to consider overall height, 150mm of cooler will fit in many cases out there.
It doesn't matter if you need to populate the closest slot to the CPU or all of them. ARCTIC made sure that not only the tower of the cooler cleared the memory, but even with the fan and spacers used to help with airflow, the fan slid in behind them without any fuss.
Even though ARCTIC opted to use a pair of fans on the Freezer 33 eSports Edition cooler, it has no bearing on access to important things that need done after the cooler is installed. There is clear access for the 8-pin CPU connection, and even room to connect the fan if you forgot to do it ahead of putting the motherboard into the case.
The Freezer 33 eSports Edition is a spectacular edition to the test bench setup. Just the right amount of red to carry the theme from the chassis, motherboard, and RAM across more of the build. While we do still have the results to go over, based on looks alone, the Freezer 33 eSports Edition CPU cooler could be the perfect aesthetic addition to any white, yellow, green, or red themed system.