CPU Air Cooler Mega Test
Published: 10th August 2016 | Source: Various | Price: do not click here |
|CPU||Intel: 775,1150, 1151, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011/v3.|
|Heat pipes||4x6mm Copper pipes|
|Materials||Aluminium fins, Copper base|
|Fan Speed||[email protected]|
|Air Flow||Not given CFM|
|Air Pressure||Not given mmH2O|
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
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.
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.
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.