Arctic Freezer 33 TR CPU Cooler Review: Breezy & Quiet...for Threadripper?

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derekullo

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If the cooler fails at cooling then nothing else matters ...

Being quiet has no bearing if the cpu is thermally throttling or even dying.

Unless there was something wrong with the cooler being tested, this also has no chance of cooling any of the Threadrippers with a 40 watt higher tdp


I'm curious how this would fair on a chip with a lower tdp, like an 8700k.

https://www.amd.com/en/products/cpu/amd-ryzen-threadripper-1900x#product-specs
https://ark.intel.com/products/82931/Intel-Core-i7-5930K-Processor-15M-Cache-up-to-3_70-GHz
https://ark.intel.com/products/126684/Intel-Core-i7-8700K-Processor-12M-Cache-up-to-4_70-GHz


Comparing the i7-5930k to the i7-8700k does show some remarkable progress, even if it was prodded by AMD.

Both 6 core, 12 thread i7s, but with the new one turbo'ing 1 gigahert higher than the old one and using 45 less watts to do so.

Suddenly my i7-4930k feels inadequate, also a 6 core 12 thread. lol.
 

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Considering the TR CPU lid is really large, it allows for maximum cooling potential of the heatsink. This heatsink easily shows its limits. It looks like a CM 212 Evo.
 

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The LEPA caught me out as well, but Tom's has been using the CM and FSP coolers as comparison points for awhile now.
 

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Here's a novel idea. Test it on the Threadripper it was designed to be placed on. The Intel compatibility was an afterthought. They didn't widen the baseplate for Intel.
 

rubix_1011

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The cooler is compatible with Intel sockets 2011v3 and 2066, meaning it supported our standard CPU cooler testing system, which is what we use for all standardized testing. However, most CPU coolers also have AMD AM4 or Intel 115x support but we do not test on those platforms, even though coolers do support them.

Yes, it was designed to also fit Threadripper and we do now have a TR4 system for dedicated TR4 cooler tests, but this cooler was shipped to us for testing a few months ago prior to having the AMD TR4 build.

The base of this cooler also does not fully cover Threadripper, either. It is designed by Arctic to only cover the IHS above the CPU cores below. They illustrate this in one of their images for clarity. (see about 1/3 down the page under "Maximum Performance for Highest-End CPUs")

https://www.arctic.ac/us_en/freezer-33-tr.html
 

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Can you guys fix the review links for the other coolers? They're pointing to this review itself.

That's a good looking cooler, but useless with this kinda performance. I hope it's an issue with the review unit.
 

rubix_1011

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You are correct and I sent this on to editing. However, I am thinking that since these reviews aren't officially published yet, the links don't yet exist. I only know this because I also reviewed the other coolers in the comparison. :)
 
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