Compatibility and Installation
ARCTIC Freezer i30 is only compatible with the current Intel platforms, such as LGA 1155, LGA 1156 and LGA 2011. As for AMD platforms, ARCTIC is currently offering a Freezer A30 cooler supporting FM2, FM1, AM3+, AM3, AM2+ and AM2 platforms. In our opinion, it is a pretty strange decision to introduce two different cooler models for different processors. Especially, since it is a pretty expensive product, after all.
The installation procedure is described in detail in the following manual, and we will check it our using an LGA 2011 mainboard as an example. The first thing to do insert the metal bushes for the rails into the retention holes:
Then we fasten the retention rails with the screws:
The heatsink is firmly pressed against the processor heat-spreader and fastened to the rails with two screws:
Only after that we attach the fan frame with the impeller. The clearance between the lower heatsink fin and the mainboard PCB is 45 mm, but the lowest side of the fan frame is hanging another 5-7 mm lower that is why it could theoretically interfere with memory modules featuring tall heat-spreaders:
Overall, ARCTIC Freezer i30 looks very massive and even promising inside the system case:
Let’s see if its performance proves up to our expectations.