Arctic Freezer i30 Review
Up Close: The cooler
The i30 is by no means massive, yet somehow it has an ability to feel much bigger than it is. Perhaps it's the square outer cowling that adds in that air of chunkiness. Maybe it's the other way round, I don't know, because at 161mm in height it is actually quite a decent size and just feels not quite as big as it is. I'll make my mind up in a minute, but it's fair enough to say there's something of an optical illusion about it's size I can't quite put my finger on. The white, 9 bladed fan mounted inside the angled lines of the black outer cowling give a monochromatic contemporary feel to the i30. The cowling should also serve to focus the airflow better and reduce the amount of "bleed" around the edges of the cooler. I guess testing will tell us if this is the case.
The 4x8mm heat pipes are arranged into slightly staggered lines essentially split into two sets in their respective sides of the body of 48x0.5mm Aluminium finned cooler stack.
Although the majority of the fins are quite sharp ( I cut my thumb knuckle while handling the cooler during photography), the sides of the fins are squared down giving a smooth look and feel to the sides. Again, this should prove to give a more focused airflow through the cooler.
The contact plate is of the direct contact type with all four copper pipes having a large surface area contact with the hot side of your CPU. Unusually for a cooler the i30 actually comes with the lock down plate part of the mounting mechanism already welded to the body of the cooler. Producing different coolers for both AMD and Intel enables this approach and should hopefully give a more stable and efficient mount onto the CPU.