Arctic Freezer 34 eSports DUO Review

👤by Matthew Hodgson Comments 📅20-02-19
Firstly, while installing a cooler of this kind of design is generally considered a simple task, with few steps required, however, if you purchased this as a complete novice, you might find the process overwhelming, to say the least. Having said that, thanks to previous experience, the procedure was easy enough to figure out.

EDIT (25/02/19): After receiving correspondence from Arctic regarding our review, they questioned us on the absence of any instructions. Unfortunately, we missed the small card that arrives with the cooler as it was tucked under a piece of cardboard in the bottom of the box. For this, we would like to apologise to our readers and to Arctic; instructions are included on a small card containing a QR code, this is part of an effort to reduce their environmental footprint, and thanks to animations and clear, simple menus, we actually found they were more effective than a traditional paper layout.

We start off by installing the four standoffs to our LGA 2011 socket and then apply the Noctua NT-H1 thermal paste. We use this to remove any variance from our testing, as best as possible.

It’s then a case of attaching the included bracket to the cooler and bolting it down onto the motherboard, ensuring to apply even turns in a diagonal fashion; this helps to ensure the thermal paste is evenly distributed.

Finally, the fans need to be placed in series, ensuring both are directing airflow in the same direction, and clipped into place using the fixed wire brackets.

The process is simple, especially thanks to the fixed fan clips, but the lack of instructions of any kind feels like an oversight.

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