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ARCTIC Freezer 33 eSports Edition CPU Cooler Review

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Posted May 16, 2018 by Brendan van Varik in Cooling

Overview

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Price at time of Review: $45 to $50
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Fair choice of colors, great performance, quiet under normal loads, dual fan & all-black design
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

No included screwdriver (minor)
 
BOTTOM LINE:
Arctic offers a great option with their Freezer 33 eSports CPU Cooler. The aesthetic is very pleasing and the performance is great as well, even if you are limited to a certain number of color choices.
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Performance Analysis & Conclusion

To sum up the Freezer 33 eSports Edition, we will need to look at a couple of things. First and foremost is always its performance vs. the cost. So, how well did it do? I’d be a little hesitant to say that it was flawless, but I will tell you more about that later. For now, let’s focus on its performance. For the cash, you get a single tower design, 4 x 6mm direct touch heatpipes, two BioniX F120 fans and a very classy, high quality black finish. The BioniX F120 fans also have a very premium feel to them, and are able to shift a considerable amount of air whilst remaining on the quieter side of life. They do tend to get fairly loud when you push them to full speed, but that is to be expected. If you are running a similar system to what our test bench is, you’ll be very hard pressed to hear them within a case.

Judging by the graphs, it is easy to see that it is a clear leader in all four tests, and rightfully so. Considering the fact that it costs somewhere between $45 and $50, I would be very disappointed if I saw a stock cooler beating it, even if the stock cooler is from a 2700X and not the 1700. That’s not the case, though, so I needn’t chant (or rather rant?) about that any longer.

As I mentioned, I was a little hesitant to say that it was a flawless cooler. I feel that the mounting mechanism could have possibly been implemented a little better, and it would also have been nice for them to throw a screw driver into the box that could make it easier to install. Don’t get me wrong, we should all have such tools available as we are that way inclined, but it would’ve been a nice touch nonetheless.

The design is great, with the exception of the offset fan mounts. I would’ve liked to see them equidistant on each side so that you could replace the fans with something else if you wished to do so. The issue is that you need to make sure that you keep the rubber pieces that go to each particular fan, or you will not be able to mount a new fan to the cooler without it dangling there in a pretty unsecured manor. Granted, I did a dumb and got rid of them, so keep that in mind and don’t make the same mistake that I did. Also, if you have an obsessive need to make sure that everything is square/centered/inline, you’ll most likely be triggered by the slight offset. However, with all of that said, I still think that the fan clips are well designed as they do not fall out when removing the fans, which makes it a whole lot easier when installing this cooler into a chassis that has already been put together previously. I can’t tell you the amount of times that I had fan clips fall due to them hooking over the cooler, rather than being a part of the unit to begin with.

With everything all said and done, I’m sure you ultimately want to know whether or not you should buy this cooler. It goes without saying that we, as Pure OC, are well aware that there are better coolers out there for more of your hard earned cash, but as far as the Freezer 33 eSports Edition goes, it’s actually a pretty decent option for the money. If the color scheme matches what you are trying to do in your build, I would have to give it a thumbs up. ARCTIC used to produce excellent budget coolers in the past, and this just carries on that legacy. There are a lot of coolers in the $45 to $55 range, but if styling is your thing, you will be hard pressed to find a better looking or performing cooler for the cash. For these reasons, the Arctic Freezer 33 eSports Edition has earned itself a solid Great Hardware award from me today.

ARCTIC Freezer 33 eSports Edition – More info

ARCTIC Freezer 33 eSports Edition on Amazon – Green, others available

ARCTIC Freezer 33 eSports Edition on Newegg – Green, others available

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