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ARCTIC Freezer A30 Extreme CPU Cooler - AMD, 320W Ultimate Cooling Power, Direct-Touch

  • AMD AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2/FM2/FM1
  • Direct-touch heatpipes
  • < 23dBA
  • Multi-direction mounting options
  • 6-Year Limited Warranty
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The Freezer A30 is an enthusiast-grade CPU cooler for the AMD socket FM1, AM3+, AM3, AM2+ and AM2. Exclusive technologies, direct touch heatpipes, precision machining, a fan vibration absorption and a brand new mounting system offers you plenty of overclocking headroom at a minimal noise level.

  • newegg 4 Mounting Directions The Freezer A30 can be mounted in all 4 directions in order to satisfy different air flow preferences due to various PC case and hard ware configurations.
  • newegg Direct Touch Heatpipe Heatsink The Freezer A30 heatsink consists of 4 double-sided direct touch heatpipes, 8mm in diameter. A unique process (20 2011 000 71.8) allows us to pack the heatpipes without gaps and thus increase the contact surface and achieve better flatness by precision machining - both leading to an improved heat transfer.
  • newegg Efficient Heat Dissipation As a combined result of the 4 direct touch heatpipes, 48 Aluminum fins, an interchangeable 120 mm PWM Fan (ARCTIC F12 PWM), and the famous ARCTIC MX-4 thermal compound (included), the Freezer A30 offers superior cooling performance with a maximum cooling capacity of 320 Watts and lots of headroom for overclocking.
  • newegg Virtually Silent Due to the low-noise impeller of the ARCTIC F12 PWM fan and the rubber vibration absorbers, the Freezer A30 generates a negligible noise level of only 0.3 Sone even at full speed (1,350 RPM). Furthermore, as controlled by PWM signal, this fan runs only at the optimized speed based on actual needs, which in turns minimizes the noise level further.
  • newegg Sturdy Mounting Mechanism There is no need to worry about the weight of this muscular, yet gentle cooler. The Freezer A30 applies a durable steel mounting clip and a back-plate*. As a result it has an excellent mounting stability and is fully transport-proof.( *Back-plate is integrated in original AMD retention module already.)

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 6 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 6 years


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  • Michael W.
  • 4/17/2015 2:05:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsInexpensive high performance CPU cooler

Pros: 320w TDP capacity is tested legit. I have on-hand a 9590 with a 220w TDP stock. I also have multiple different CPU coolers including a CM Glacer 240L (which is a rebranded Swiftech H220); a Noctua NH-D15; a CM Sphere; a Thermaltake Q-Spin (modded lower profile); and a CM Hyper 212 EVO. Many of which are featured in various benchmark charts. In fact, a lot of these charts show the Hyper 212 EVO outperforming the A30 (and i30 for Intel), and performing almost as well as the Noctua NH-D15. But I know for a fact first-hand that the NH-D15 significantly outperforms the Hyper 212 EVO on a 9590. This is where TDP capacity vs thermal conductivity becomes a frame of reference. Bar-none, the Hyper 212 EVO has one of the highest thermal conductivity ratings of all CPU heatsinks. It's also admittedly good enough to keep the 9590 under 70c at full load stock with a higher CFM fan. It does in fact lack the same thermal capacity of the NF-D15 and the A30. So while the Hyper 212 EVO outperforms the A30 on the pitiful TDPs of Intel CPUs due to thermal conductivity, the A30 outperforms the Hyper 212 EVO on the higher TDP CPUs due to thermal capacity. Nothing in the above outperforms the Glacer 240L. I just needed the A30 for some testing and will likely get used in a future client build.

Cons: Well this is something that should NOT still be a thing and the reason I deducted an egg:
I needed to grind the base.
I have a diamond-grain knife sharpener that is around 1k grit and flat as a laser beam. Did some test strokes to the base since I saw a bit of solder on the edges of the heatpipes. Saw I was not getting even grinds on the surface of the base. The edges were grinding before anything else. So I spent about an hour grinding away with the sharpener until I had a fine flat grind on the entire base. The pipes did not crack so I tested it and it worked. I did do a quick fit test and run before that, and that is what I based my pros on. AFTER flattening/smoothing the base, the A30 DESTROYED even the NH-D15. Came shockingly close to the Glacer 240L, but not as quiet.

Other Thoughts: Before flattening/smoothing (known as lapping) the base, the cooler was idling a 9590 at ~10C and load was ~60C. Just shy of the 212 idle but slightly better load which almost matched the NH-D14. After lapping the base, idle went down to ~5C which is identical to my Glacer 240L and NH-D15, but load went down to ~55C which is just 5C higher than the Glacer 240L but that same 5C lower than the NH-D15. (Double-take) What? Well, when you think about it; the NH-D15 is a twin-tower heatsink with heatpipes that go into both towers. Heat from the first tower in the airflow is passed through to the next tower thus limiting heat transfer from the second tower to the air passing through it. This is why in reality the single-tower coolers like the NF-U14S outperform twin-tower heatsinks. Yes, you heard me right. Stop buying twin-tower heatsinks! They cost more and perform worse due to heat from the first tower being dumped into the second.

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  • Daniel S.
  • 3/23/2015 9:56:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks great but close call

Pros: Works as advertised. Huge fan and heat spreader. Direct contact is great as well. Pretty darn quiet! Worth the money.

Cons: Instructions tell you to remove the fan but it requires a tool that is not provided. If it wasn't for my iFixit Pro Tool Kit I would not have been able to install the fan. I had to use a H3.5 bit to remove the hex screws from the fan. Be sure you have that part before purchase/installation. Also, I had to remove the heatsync from the memory to get it to fit under the fan. Clearance can be an issue for smaller form factor cases, just make sure you plan ahead with clearance.

Other Thoughts: I am very happy with my results. Clearance in the Corsair Spec 01 just BARELY fit with height. I had to remove heatsyncs from the memory to get them to fit under the fan.

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  • melissa s.
  • 3/6/2015 10:26:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsPackaging Issues

Pros: dont know havnt had it working yet. see cons

Cons: ordered two of these one for me, and one for my wifes new build. opened hers up and its missing the m3 screws and spacers so i cant mount it to the motherboard..bit annoyed but what the hell.. open mine to use on her's ill get it fixed monday morning when they open ... amazingly enough the 2nd box is missing the m3 screws and spacers.. so now i have 2 fans sitting on my desk completely useless..

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  • Randolph B.
  • 3/5/2015 11:24:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsKeepin it cool

Pros: - Super easy to install
- It's an ARCTIC baby!
- Fits in most mid tower cases
- Takes the heat off that sweaty cpu!

Cons: It's not in your computer right now =(

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  • Jonathan S.
  • 2/5/2015 8:08:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGreat sink surrounded by rubbish

Pros: Great heatpipe and fin design on the actual sink itself. Moves heat well in spite of itself.

Cons: Very poor build quality of fan shroud and mounting brackets. The mount spacers use little sticky rings that are a nightmare to use properly, especially if you have big fingers, or they weren't perforated well, or the backing doesn't want to release the sticky stuff, or the sticky pad was stuffed into the box so tightly that it was ruined.

The fan shroud is a single piece of plastic with 4 screws that have hex-wrench heads, but no hex wrench is supplied. The screws aren't set into the fan, so unless you have the right hex wrench, you fan will be loose. And even if you could tighten the screws, there are sticky rubber rings around the screw holes on the fan, and none of them were aligned properly, usually blocking the actual hole.

The fan shroud also has no cover on the exposed side, so be careful where you put your fingers while its running.

And the two screws that hold the base of the sink to the mounting brackets are small, cheap, and easily stripped if your screwdriver slips.

Other Thoughts: If the build quality of the shroud and mount were on the same level as the actual sink, this would be an excellent product. But it seems as though they bought someone else's sink and then did a bodge job on the rest.

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  • george g.
  • 2/2/2015 7:46:48 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMASSIVE

Pros: Powerful cooling with near silent operation

Cons: SIZE, running this in an azza solano 1000r case was unable to get side panel closed, very very massive 162cm tower with clunky plastic mounting for fan. MoBo also does not read the CPU fan as working, causing an irritating fan error at boot.

Other Thoughts: For performance at all costs at the 40 dollar mark, you cant beat it.

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  • Maleka K.
  • 1/9/2015 7:56:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSeems to do the trick

Pros: Peace of mind. I know my server isn't overheating now. Ability to add a second fan to the heatsink in extreme cases.

Cons: Like most after-market coolers, it's quite tall in the case, and is likely to interfere with ram slots.

Other Thoughts: Erratic fan readings in BIOS - may not be true PWM fan, or could be motherboard, who knows.

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  • Roland H.
  • 12/23/2014 10:41:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCPU rarely break 40°C

Pros: Easy installation on GA-990FXA-UD3, I face it to the left and it does not block off RAM access. Even with AMD FX-6300 overclocked, it is cool during the 3DMark test and most gaming. It's also very quiet.

Cons: It's huge, it sticks out a little under 7 inches from the motherboard

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  • Benjamin L.
  • 12/5/2014 2:19:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI hate these people

Pros: Very quiet. good install instructions. handles my 6 core AMD CPU very well.

Cons: I hope you all at ARTIC can sleep at night because this cooler is so quite i can hear my hard drives now and it is annoying. i have to move to SSD because of you people...

Other Thoughts: Would recommend buying an extra thermal paste tube for install.

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  • Lee H.
  • 9/15/2014 10:28:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsworks great

Pros: man this is a great cooler I thought I was going to have to put in a water cooler but this one cools well and is super quite

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: ez to install and works well with my FX 8350 and ASUS sabertooth MB

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