Summary: The Arctic Freezer i30 is a good CPU cooler with reasonable cooling performance and an almost inaudible fan. It will probably perform better if you change the stock fan for a more powerful one, which makes it a very versatile cooler. However, the new fan might not be as quiet as the fan that comes with the product.
Conclusion: Cooling performance for Arctic’s Freezer i30 is fairly competitive. It manages to slightly outperform Cooler Master’s Hyper 212 EVO at stock CPU frequency and match it at overclocked speeds. The i30 also manages to perform very similarly to Enermax’s ETS-T40-VD. The slightly more expensive Xigamtek Aegir proves tough competition. Both the similarly priced Cooler Master Hyper 612S and the cheaper Gelid Tranquillo Rev.
Conclusion: Overall, the Arctic Freezer i30 CPU cooler is a great product, and it gets the job done. It is a very versatile product, fitting three different types of socket, and countless types of CPU’s. The direct-contact heatpipe technology does the job well, and is a great method of heat-transfer. The mounting system is also very secure and sturdy, and we had no problems with the cooler after we installed it.
Excerpt: It must have been on Wednesday night, the week of CES, I got an email from Daniel asking if I would like to take a look at their new coolers. I got in contact with him and asked for the Intel variation of this new cooler, which led to him pointing out that I should stop at their booth on the floor while I was there.
Conclusion: The Arctic Cooling Freezer i30 isn't too far off the pace compared with the Enermax cooler. It's not often you'll see a pair of chip chillers as well built as these, at what many people would regard as an entry-level price. This little Arctic Cooling Freezer i30 is a great deputy for the ETS-T40-TA, and if you can't pick one of those up, grab this i30 as an extremely quiet, very well put together cooler at a bargain price.
Excerpt: When I first received the i30 for review my first thought was that surely Arctic haven't tried to jazz up a product of theirs by adding an "i" to the name? In fact in a bit of a poke in the eye for the late Mr Jobs the "i" here actually informs us that this version of the cooler is the one compatible with Intel coolers. An A30 model is also available with exactly the same specs for AMD CPUs.
Excerpt: 1 Flares 1 Flares × Today we are looking at the latest cooler from Arctic – the Freezer i30, which features an interchangeable 120mm PWM fan, 4 double sided direct touch heatpipes with cooling support up to 320 Watts. The i30 is released to exclusively support Intel motherboards.
Summary: Beim neuen Freezer i30 handelt es sich um einen preiswerten Tower-Kühler. Neben dem günstigen Preis wissen aber auch Verarbeitungsqualität, Montagesystem und Kühlleistung zu gefallen. Auch die Geräuschentwicklung des 120 mm Fans lässt keinen Raum für Kritik. Angesichts des fairen Preises und der gebotenen Leistung können wir eine Kaufempfehlung aussprechen.
Christoph meint: Sehr guter Kühler zum Sparpreis!
Pros: saubere Verarbeitung, ausreichend Leistung für moderne Prozessoren, leiser Lüfter, sicheres und einfaches Montagesystem, passt auf alle gängigen Intel-Sockeltypen, PWM-Lüfter, günstig
Cons: Leistung bei niedriger Lüfter-Geschwindigkeit, passt auf keinen AMD-Sockel