We installed the ARCTIC Freezer 33 eSports Edition in our Z97 system, which is comprised of the following components:
- Processor: Intel Core i7-4790K
- Motherboard: ASUS Z97M-Plus
- Video Card: ASUS GTX 970 DirectCU Mini
- Memory: G.Skill Ares 16GB DDR3-1866
- Power: SilverStone ST55F-G 550W
- Storage: Crucial MX200, OCZ VX500
- Cooling: ARCTIC Freezer 33 eSports Edition, Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, Cryorig H5 Universal
- Case: Anidees AI5S Window
For testing we will first be taking our idle temperatures from the Windows 10 desktop after having the system on in an idle state for one hour.
Our idle results were a bit concerning, even after a few re-installations of the cooler to make sure we had a good amount of thermal compound and that our installation was secure. End the end, the Freezer 33 eSports Edition sat a whole 10 degrees higher at idle than our other coolers. Both of our other coolers feature larger heatsink towers which is why we think they performed a bit better in this area, even with the Freezer 33’s dual cooling fans.
For our load testing we utilize the Intel Extreme Tuning Utility to place a 100% load on the CPU. We run the stress test for one hour and take our temperature readings at that time.
The load results from the Freezer 33 eSports Edition are much more in line with the rest of the coolers test, but they were still at the top of our chart. While only two degrees over the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, and five degrees over the Cryorig H5 Universal, we had anticipated seeing a bit better performance out of the ARCTIC cooler with it’s dual fan setup. In the end, we think that the smaller cooling surface found on the Freezer 33 is what leads to it’s lower performance when compared to our other coolers.