CPU Air Cooler Mega Test

Arctic Freezer i32

CPU Air Cooler Mega Test

Arctic Freezer i32

Price:  £23.97

Technical Specification

Dimensions135x123x95mm(HxWxD)
CPUIntel: 775,1150, 1151, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011/v3. 
Heat pipes4x6mm Copper pipes
Fins49
MaterialsAluminium fins, Copper base
Fan Speed[email protected]
Noise Level22.5dB(A)
Air FlowNot given CFM
Air PressureNot given mmH2O
WeightNot Given

 

Up Close

Well here we are at the end of the Mega test, and the last cooler we're going to take a look at is a good old 120mm single tower cooler.  The "i" denotes Intel, but if you fly a different flag then panic not as the i32 from Arctic is also available in red flavour AMD option and is called the A32

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The i32 is about as simple and basic as a 120mm tower cooler comes.  If this was a flavour, it'd be vanilla, and who doesn't like vanilla.  In all honesty, it's actually a nice simple (if slightly OEMish) tower cooler, and at £24 what's not to like.  Well, there's the fan clips for starters.  We like the way they clip to the fan instead of the fin stack, but my god do they look ugly and obvious while they're doing it.

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No mirror finishes up here, no-sir-ee, just good old plain Jane Aluminium.  Down below though, things are neat and tidy.  Just look at the quality of workmanship there chaps.

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The fitting method is the same as for the i11 and although a bit of a fiddle at the beginning, quickly settles down into a nice mundane fit.  We still think those spring clips are fuggly though.  And what of performance.  Well if you're looking for the best bang for your buck the i32 is the way to go.  At just £2397 this little 120mm fan based cooler is something of a giant killer.

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Most Recent Comments

10-08-2016, 14:32:21

shambles1980
Had a quick look..
dont see any AIO's in there as a comparison.. I think it would have been nice to see atleast 1-2 of the most popular ones in there, it would just round out the comparisons a bit better imo if you also factor noise efficiency and redundancy.Quote

10-08-2016, 14:36:41

PixxHD
Great article, good to see my D15 is still a beast in the air cooled department.

One small thing, while reading the D15 page I couldn't help but notice something wrong.

Quote:
With the front fan installed you are though limited to standard height RAM.
This is actually not the case, the fan can be positioned forward due to the design of the mounting which allows for big RAM if you have the case clearance for the fan to protrude off the cooler.Quote

10-08-2016, 14:52:00

Spiderz
That explains all the hype around the Cryorig lot, good prices and performance there. Great to see so many all together in one place for comparison.Quote

10-08-2016, 14:53:46

Helix
The BeQuiet coolers are meant to be tightened from the back of the motherboard, not above and between the fins. No wonder you found it hard to do.. If you are saying that poor fitting is the reason they don't perform well, then the test results are not representative of the coolers performance.Quote

10-08-2016, 15:08:21

The_Governour
I bought the Be Quiet Dark Rock TF for the looks for the Lian Li Q10 build - was supriced that it placed so low.

Have the Raijintek Pallas on my living room rig cooling a G3258 and I thought it was great.Quote
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