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Cooling Efficiency

The results of our cooling efficiency tests are given on the following diagram and in the following table:

As we see, ARCTIC Freezer i30 didn’t demonstrate anything innovative in terms of cooling efficiency. At maximum fan rotation speed on both coolers, ARCTIC Freezer i30 loses 4°C to Thermalright TRUE Spirit 140 under peak load. At average (1000 RPM) fan speed, it falls 7°C behind the competitor, and at 800 RPM the performance difference between the two coolers remains the same and, of course, in Thermalright’s favor.  It is obvious that despite the impressive size, improved heatpipes direct contact and very high pressure hold at the base, ARCTIC Freezer i30 still didn’t manage to catch up with the performance leader in this price segment. In addition, unlike TRUE Spirit 140, the ARCTIC cooler is also not a universal product.

You can compare the results of our today’s testing participants against the previously tested products in the following table and diagram*. Each cooler was tested in its default configuration in the quiet mode and at the maximum speed of the fan(s) with the CPU overclocked to 4.375 MHz at 1.385 V Vcore.

* - The peak temperature of the hottest CPU core is posted on the diagram taking

into account the difference from the current ambient temperature and is reduced to 25°C.

ARCTIC Freezer i30 is precisely in the middle of our summary chart, right between Thermalright HR-02 Macho and Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E at the minimal fan speed. At the same time, the Freezer i30 turned out to be the noisiest cooler in this group. But overall, it is a good result.

As for the maximum CPU overclocking results, no matter how hard we tried, ARCTIC Freezer i30 didn’t manage to keep the CPU stable at any frequency over 4.375 MHz and Vcore setting over 1.385 V:

Therefore, in our overall rating chart for maximum processor overclocking it placed in the very first group between the liquid-cooling system from Intel and Cooler Master TCP 812 cooler, showing better acoustic performance than both of them:


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