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ARCTIC Freezer i30 Extreme CPU Cooler - Intel, 320W Ultimate Cooling Power,  Direct-Touch
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The PWM fan can be stopped completely, this has been rare for the 4-pin PWM fans I've encountered. I control with SpeedFan and setting the fan to 3% stops it entirely. Anything lower makes it run wide open.
The heat pipes are pressed tightly where they contact the CPU. It looks to be a better job than I've seen on some other direct-contact HSFs like this one.

Cons: Not the easiest mounting system, some will struggle with it. It seems very stable once mounted, but using the double sided tape to hold plastic tubes... Well, I got a chuckle thinking of the easily frustrated and clumsy people who will be furious.

Other Thoughts: The contact surface of this HSF has a light texture. I would think a smooth surface would be best, and that is what I am used to. Maybe Arctic knows something I don't.
I have the CPU passively cooled when idle and most times when not gaming. Temps stay low with a slow running case fan, using SpeedFan to automatically vary the CPU fan based on core temps. Having the fan stopped when it isn't needed, saves a lot of dust buildup and a little power and noise.

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Display Name: charlie h.

Date Joined: 08/11/03

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