Reviews and Problems with Arctic Cooling Freezer I30
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Excellent noise levels, decent cooling.
22 February 2013
Summary: The Arctic Cooling Freezer i30 is an Intel-only CPU cooling system that has a massive profile, and promises enthusiast-level cooling at an affordable price. Arctic Cooling sent me a copy of this cooler in return for an honest review. CONTENTS In the box is the cooler, motherboard plate and mounting brackets for the 1155, 1166 and 2011 architectures. Also included is a tube of their popular MX-4 thermal paste, and I was glad to see that this wasn't pre-applied.
Summary: Easy to install (LGA2011) - keeps an i7 3820 @ stock clock <25° with the fan at 700-900 RPM (Low setting) - fits in a midi-ATX case where the mother board is raised and there a cm at the back for cable management (Only just, but this is probably intentional).
Summary: If you have the room for it, which excludes a whole lot of cases, this will take you about as far as you can go on air cooling. It's nicely designed. It's massive. Massive heat spreader. Massive heat pipes: 4 U tubes approximately 5/16" diameter which are flattened to make contact with the heat spreader directly. AC has finally got the massive aluminum fins right too, finally.
Summary: The Good: I bought this after I realized from reviews of my new i7 processor that I would need a non-stock cooling solution. I have used water cooling on past systems, and ultimately found that these systems just added expense and size to already expensive and large systems. I was encouraged by the price and reviews on this, and was not disappointed. Mounting system is excellent for LGA1155 (my system), and looks equally nice for other compatible boards.
High quality, Quiet fan, Easy to install, major temp reducer
11 May 2012
Summary: I did my research and decided to buy this to replace the stock heatsink/fan that came with my Core 2 Duo 2.4Ghz processor. It was relatively easy to install, much easier than the stock heatsink. I did not have to remove the motherboard, which was the main reason I bought this particular CPU cooler. It is not necessary to remove the fan to screw the heatsink into the mounting bracket. The fan is controlled by the Bios automatically via PWM signal.
Summary: This cooler is bloody brilliant! Only issue you may have is if you run a standard ATX motherboard set up the fan can cover 1, or 2, of the ram slots. Aside from that this thing is a thing of beauty. Quiet and fantastic value for money!
Conclusion: Installation is easy. The cooler come with pre applied with decent thermal paste. At first, I installed the fan with too much thermal paste and the temperatures ran 24C - 73C for my i5 750 cpu non-OCed. After installing the fan correctly, running the cores at 95%+ results in a high temp of about 55C. Idling is about 20C. Works great, just make sure you position the fan to not interfere with where the memory/video cards go.