The Freezer 33 eSports Edition is a far cry from the Freezer series we remember from years ago. ARCTIC has looked at the idea from many angles, and there are a lot of things to appreciate with this design. The cooler looks amazing, and with the red and black theme our test system uses, it fits right in. We like the use of dual fans on a single tower as in most instances, the performance of such designs can compete with the larger tower designs that eat up much more room.
Clearance around the CPU is also a huge factor when looking into a new cooler, and the one we just tested clears everything you may need to access after it is installed. We even like that the fans have spacers on them to ensure the fans have the best chance at cooling the forty-nine fins and the offset heat pipe orientation. On paper, this Freezer 33 eSports Edition, in whichever color you like best, seems like it would handle anything you could throw at it.
On the other side of the coin, there are things that just don't wet well with us. First is the eSports moniker in the name, and aside from color matching a gaming system, the only hint to why it is "eSports" is due to the mounting hardware making it possible to move the PC, without worry of releasing push-pin locks from past designs. Performance is not horrible, but sitting here doing the math, at best, this CPU will pull 150W, and the cooler is said to have a 320W TDP.
If we are much closer to the throttle point at 150W, how is this going to handle a CPU with twice the power draw? Not very well in our minds. Then there is the noise levels to consider, and for the last couple to a few years, the move has been to silence, and with such low thermal efficiency with so much noise, customers will likely pass on this solution. Comparative cost is also another concern, and looking at the charts, we can easily hand you a list of half a dozen coolers that will do better, using a similar amount of room, within $10 of this coolers cost, if you can even find it.
We typically end things with the cost evaluation, but we need to clear the air here before we go too far. We only located the green and yellow models for sale, and at Newegg, they are all with ARCTIC listed as the seller. However, we find the same cooler in two listings, with drastically different prices, and it makes no sense to us. If you are willing to spend $40 to $70 for performance lower than other "not so flashy" options, then so be it.
In the real-world, even at $49.99 straight across the board for all models, we still cannot in good conscience tell you to run out and buy this cooler. It will keep your CPU cool enough not to throttle, and that is the main point with a CPU cooler, but why not buy smart, and get better performance and lower noise for the same or similar amount. Sadly, as good as it looks, the Freezer 33 eSports Edition cooler has been a bit of a letdown for us.
The Bottom Line
An amazing looking product, the Freezer 33 eSports Edition is dressed to impress. However, that is as far as it goes with a lack of consideration to noise and performance per dollar, and is what keeps this ARCTIC cooler from getting our recommendation.