In the last few months, our attitude and outlook on the Freezer series of coolers have been much improved. Not a complete flop from sufficient but expensive to OMG you must have this cooler, more somewhere in the middle.
The biggest reason for this is that not only do we get improvements in performance, tolerable noise levels, and a cooler with options to fit in a lot of themed systems, but the drop in cost is a massive win for ARCTIC customers.
Aesthetically, we like the change from louvers to the ARCTIC name and logo on the top of the cooler, we like that more fins were added, we loved the BioniX P120 fans that push more air through the larger tower; there really isn't anything to pick apart about this design this time, outside of the packaging.
While many may balk at the single-degree performance gains over the predecessor, it is more about what coolers it is directly competing with. While the thermal results may look bad on the chart as they tend to fall to the bottom, but when you look deeper and see the Freezer 34 eSports DUO competing with AIOs at a third the cost, it changes one's perspective.
Something else to consider in this formula as well, and that is the noise coming from the fans when accomplishing thermal improvement. To gain a degree, usually sound levels have to climb, or a larger fan is used while maintaining similar values. However, Somehow, ARCTIC was able to do both at once, lower the temperature, and lower the noise levels.
The ARCTIC Freezer 34 eSports DUO may not be the "best" of any one category specifically, but at the same time, ARCTIC has found the right solution to the formula of appealing to the masses for any condition, and we feel they did just that and did it well.
For as little as $35, $40 at the most, we feel that ARCTIC has found its place in the market again. They can deliver adequate performance while reducing cost and noise; they hit the trifecta. We rarely see a cooler with this much going for it with so little invested in the design.
It may be a tad more than the Hyper 212, and competes in cost with Masterair 3 and 4 coolers, but looks much better doing so that either of them. While we may have been a touch harsh with the Freezer 33 series, ARCTIC listened to others before we said it, as the Freezer 34 eSports DUO was already available, so we weren't the only ones seeing something odd.
However, with the Freezer 34 eSports DUO cooler from ARCTIC, they have changed their mission, and as you can see, giving more with less to invest, all without ear-rattling noise to do it, will undoubtedly change the outlook of reviewers and readers alike. For those on a budget, or those looking for a reliable option to go along with the build theme, whether red, green, yellow, or white, ARCTIC has what you need in CPU air coolers.
The Bottom Line
The Freezer 34 eSports DUO is a cost effective solution that can handle anything we threw at it. With multiple color options, less noise, and the greatly reduced price, we can see many opting for this aesthetically pleasing air cooler.