Date: Tuesday , September 25, 2012
Arctic Cooling is a name every enthusiast should know. From cooling your CPU, GPU, RAM, or case, Arctic Cooling has made sure it has a product that fits your needs. We even reviewed its most well known product, the Accelero S1 Rev.2. Suffice it to say, if you're in the market for a cooling product this is one company that should be on your radar, which brings us to today's offerings the Freezer i30 and Freezer 13.
Though the products share similar names these are very different in design and maximum heat load. With that in mind, we present Arctic Cooling's enthusiast class Freezer i30 (UCACO-FI30001-GB) and its quieter little brother the Freezer 13 (UCACO-FZ130-BL).
The biggest change you will notice in our testing is the removal of hardware testing. In recent years, Intel has shifted its methods of testing to software based and so we find it acceptable to do the same.
For the first time, we have an integrated GPU in our processor which alleviates the need for a discrete one. With the removal of a discrete GPU comes the advantage of not having an additional variable to account for.
The iGPU will not create any anomalies in our testing as long as we practice consistent testing methods.
Corsair was kind enough to provide us with its Carbide series chassis. It provides excellent airflow and interior space and is a good reflection on current case design.
Noctua's NT-H1 thermal paste was selected as the paste of choice for a few key reasons. The thermal paste has been shown to provide excellent thermal conductivity allowing the heat sinks to better do its job. There is no observed curing time. That is, performance does not get any better over time. Any curing time could have introduced variables into the equation causing at best dubious results and at worst unreliable ones.
Ambient temperature will be kept at 25C for the duration of the tests and measured with a MicroTemp EXP non-contact infrared thermometer and cross referenced with the Sperry Digital 4 Point thermometer. Any variance greater then 0.2C will halt the testing until temperatures return within spec for fifteen minutes.
If we are dealing with water cooling we will allow extra time for each test to give the water in the loop enough time to reach equilibrium.
Idle temperatures will be recorded after a twenty-five minute period of inactivity. Any fluctuation during the last sixty seconds will reset the timer for an additional five minutes.
Load temperatures will be recorded after a twenty-five minute period of 100% load. To obtain this load we will be using Prime95 v27.7 set to in-place large FFTs mode. In this way we can place a 100% load on CPU. Any fluctuation during the last sixty seconds will reset the timer for an additional five minutes.
Sound levels will be measured with a Reliability Direct AR824 sound meter from a distance of four feet. With everything turned off and the room completely silent the meter registered a sound level of 38dB(A). This is a very quiet room where a simple pin drop could be heard. All sound measurements are recorded in the very late evening to further reduce any ambient noise.