The following system was used to test the cooler:
– Processor: Intel i5 6600K @ 3.9 GHz and overclocked to 4.5 GHz
– Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Professional Gaming i7
– RAM: Ballistix Tactical Tracer 16GB DDR4 @ 2666MHz
– GPU: GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition
– SSD: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB
– HDD: WD 1 TB Blue
– PSU: Seasonic Snow Silent 750W Platinum
– Case: Phanteks Enthoo Luxe White
– Thermal compound: Arctic Cooling MX-4
Software used for testing the cooler:
– AIDA64 Extreme Version: 5.98.4800 (9/19/2018)
– Intel Burn Test v2.54
– Prime95 29.1
The cooler was tested with the CPU at the default turbo frequency of 3.9 GHz and overclocked to 4.5 GHz with a core voltage of 1.296 V.
Also, the included fans have been used at their maximum speed.
The room temperature was approximately 26°C (78°F), with 2°C margin of error.
The idle test consists of the CPU sitting idle at the desktop for 30 minutes, the temperature was measured at the end of the test.
The settings of the software used are the following:
Intel Burn Test v2.54 – Stress level: Maximum
Prime95 29.1- small FFT
AIDA64 Extreme Version – Temperature monitoring.
Each test was conducted for 40 minutes.
The noise level was measured at three different distances from the fans (10cm, 20cm, 30cm.) the noise was measured with a margin of error of ± 2 db.
Just like the Freezer 33 it replaces; the new 34 model offers great RAM clearance. The heatsink is reduced in size and this makes the front 120mm fan not touch the last DIMM slot of the motherboard. This makes the cooler ideal for smaller motherboards and systems.
The clearance for the expansion slots is also good, with plenty of space left between the first PCIe slot and the side of the heatsink. Depending on the motherboard, this space can be larger, as seen in the photo, the first PCIe x16 slot being one slot further from the CPU Cooler.
The Freezer 34 eSports brings two major improvements over the Freezer 33, the new Arctic BioniX P120 fan and the new mounting system that is not only easier to install, but also offers an even pressure over the CPU.
In terms of cooling, the overall difference between the Freezer 33 and the Freezer 34 eSports models is 2 degrees Celsius. Not surprising as these two coolers use what is essentially the same heatsink. The small temperature difference can be attributed either to the better mounting system or to the new BioniX fan. The same can be said for the sound, where the Freezer 33 eSports One would peak at 30 decibels, the new Freezer 34 eSports peaks at 32 decibels.
The clearance is very good, thanks to the small heatsink. The fan does not cover the RAM slots of the motherboard, and even if it were to cover them, the fan is tall enough to work with most medium sized RAM heatsinks.
In conclusion, the new Freezer 34 eSports is priced at around 38 Eur or US Dollars and it is a direct replacement for the previous model. This CPU cooler is affordable and offers a good cooling out of the box, for its size and price. The new mounting system is an improvement and the BioniX fan provides good airflow.