Our first CPU cooler review of 2017 and it’s the Arctic Freezer i32. The Arctic Freezer i32 is based on the Arctic Freezer i30, but Arctic state the i32 has several feature improvements that boost performance and reduce noise. Arctic have been around the PC and system builder’s scene for a very long time. In fact, we use Arctic MX2 for all our CPU cooler reviews just because we have used Arctic thermal paste for a very long time and trust it. We know what it is capable of and we know they know their thermal paste.
When manufacturers claim, their new product is a revision of the outgoing product, you would be forgiven if you were a little sceptical. Sometimes there is enough of a difference to warrant the “New” sticker but usually it’s a rebadge and clean up with some modern marketing language. This is not the case with the Arctic Freezer i32. If it was based on the Arctic Freezer i30 CPU Cooler, then they haven’t kept much of the older design. Arctic have developed the Freezer i32 enough to merit a new product name.
|Socket compatibility||Intel: Socket LGA2011-0*, LGA2011-3*, LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156
*SQUARE ILM (80 x 80 mm spacing) only
|Dimension ( with fan )||150 x 123 x 95 mm (including fan)|
|Baseplate Material||Copper Direct touch, Aluminium Housing|
|Heat pipes||Direct touch 6mm x 4 (Off-centered heat pipes)|
|Max TDP||320 Watts (Recommended for TDP up to 150 Watts)|
|Fan Rated Speed||0 - 1,350 RPM (Controlled by PWM)|
|Fan Noise Level||0.3 Sone (22.5 ~ 24.5 dBA)|
|Fan Current / Voltage||0.20 A / +12V DC|
|Bearing Type||Fluid Dynamic Bearing|
|Warranty||6 Year Limited|
Some of the main differences between the Freezer i32 and the Freezer i30 include improved heat dissipation, optimal motherboard and memory compatibility and an enhanced fan bearing. It’s normal to hear this from any next gen product, but when you look at the detail, Arctic have moved this series of CPU coolers on quite a bit. For example, the “Improved Heat Dissipation” is a complete redesign of the heatpipes, their positioning and the direction of the airflow through the heatsink.
Arctic have managed this with a narrower heatsink, meaning the optimal motherboard and memory compatibility claim is a result of the work carried out for “Improved Heat Dissipation”.