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Arctic Freezer i32 CPU Cooler Review

Rating: 8.5.

Recently at KitGuru, we have reviewed a number of (pricey) all-in-one liquid coolers. While AIOs typically offer good performance and funky visuals, there are several valid reasons why you may not want to go with a liquid cooler. Because of that, today we look at the Arctic Freezer i32 air cooler. Priced at around the £30 mark, is the Freezer i32 a good option for an air cooler on a budget?

While the Arctic Freezer i32 is a low-cost cooler, it is not without its special features. Most interestingly, Arctic market the Freezer i32 as a ‘semi-passive’ cooler. Essentially, the included F12 fan is designed to only spin up once the CPU is under some load – at idle, it simply does not spin. In this review, we take you through the included accessories, the installation process and the cooler’s performance to see whether it is worth buying.

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Specifications

  • Intel Socket: 1150, 1151, 1155, 1156, 2011*, 2011-3* (*SQUARE ILM (80 x 80 mm spacing) only)
  • Max. Cooling Capacity: 320 Watts
  • Recommended for TDP up to: 150 Watts
  • Fan Diameter: 120 mm
  • Fan Speed: 0 – 1,350 RPM (Controlled by PWM)
  • Fan Noise Level: 0.3 Sone
  • Fan Current / Voltage: 0.20 A / +12V DC
  • Heatsink (with fan) dimensions: 123 x 95 x 150mm (L x W x H)
  • Heatsink (with fan) weight: 641 grams

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