Arctic Freezer 33 eSports Edition Review

👤by Jamie Procter Comments 📅10-10-17
Conclusion
Let's begin by stating that we really liked the design and build quality of the Freezer 33 eSports Edition, especially at this price point - the fact that Arctic provide two fans enabling a push/pull configuration is arguably a bonus. The available colour combinations that the cooler is offered in is also a nice touch and appears to fit the eSports badge appropriately; it's only a shame that these were not interchangeable. This seems fair however, as along with the 'does the job' packaging and accessory bundle, it enables Arctic to keep costs down so that we, the end-consumer are not paying over the odds for this cooler.

It was unfortunate that the Freezer 33 eSports Edition could not quite cope with our 4.4 GHz overclock, but we appreciate that this is sub-50 cooler and our test system is running a toasty Sandy Bridge-E processor. When pared back to more reasonable stock clocks of 3.8 GHz, the cooler performed comfortable and was able to keep load temperatures to just under 68C, equivalent to a 46C delta. At full load, the two included fans could not be considered class-leading in terms of acoustics but were far from uncomfortably loud considering their eventual 2,800 RPM speed. It should be noted that because our tests are performed with default motherboard PWM profiles and no additional speed-limiting software utilites, you should be able to control noise levels yourself should you choose to do so by changing fan speed profiles.

Overall, Arctic have done an admirable job of producing yet another variant of their Freezer 33 cooler, offering decent aesthetics, build quality and overall user experience.


Pros
+ Decent build quality and design
+ 2 fans included for push/pull configuration
+ Excellent fan mounting mechanism
+ Choice of colour accent options

Cons
- Colour accent options not interchangable
- Not all CPU sockets supported (although alternate variants exist)
- Slightly disappointing overclocked performance

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