Arctic has been hard at work improving their
Freezer lineup and this is the result of their effort. Howdy howdy guys ponchato here, and today
we’ll be looking at the Freezer 34 eSports DUO CPU cooler from Arctic. Thanks to Arctic for the review sample, and
let’s get started. The Freezer 34 is a fairly compact tower cooler
released in early 2019 for $40 USD. It’s compatible with AM4, LGA 1151, and LGA
2066 and Arctic rates it for a very impressive 210W TDP. For dimensions it’s 157mm tall, 124 wide,
and only 103mm deep. That gives it unlimited RAM clearance front
and rear, so tall heat spreaders won’t be an issue. It’s also somewhat heavy at 764g, though the
mounting system feels more than secure enough for this weight. Arctic gives it a pretty hefty 10 year warranty,
though CPU coolers very rarely fail to begin with. Finally, if red isn’t your color, the Freezer
34 is also available with green accents, white, and yellow. Taking a look inside the box, right on top
we have all the mounting components. Screws, mounting arms, and the MX-4 thermal
paste. Under that, the fully assembled Freezer 34
DUO. The heat sink is all black and has four 6mm
heat pipes with a direct contact base. They are colored black, but it would’ve been
nice to see the ends of the heat pipes covered with caps for a more polished look. That’s a minor gripe though. As the name implies, the Freezer 34 eSports
DUO is a dual fan, push/pull cooler. The P120 fans are part of Arctic’s new P-series,
the successor to their previous F-series fans. They have an interesting design with only
5 blades – most PC fans have between 9 and 11 blades – and because of this design Arctic
claims a static pressure improvement up to 33% over the F-series fans. They also have a new motor design with quite
a few improvements. The RPM range is increased to 0 to 2100 RPM,
with the fans being able to completely stop below 5% speed. That means complete silence under low load,
which I’m a big fan of. The upgraded motors also come with much lower
power consumption and significantly less vibration. So much less, in fact, that Arctic decided
not to use anti-vibration pads on these fans, and that’s actually fine. Even with the fans spinning at 2000 RPM, you
can just barely feel the vibration. Nice work there, Arctic. And to top it off, Arctic uses a fluid dynamic
bearing on these fans so noise and longevity are top notch. Arctic has improved their mounting systems
by leaps and bounds in the past few years and the Freezer 34 is the latest iteration. Installation on AM4 systems starts with removing
the stock brackets from the backplate. After that, you screw in the risers which
will hold down the mounting arms. Next, to prep the heat sink for installation
you need to remove the fans. They’re held on with the usual bent paper
clip design, except I really like Arctic’s changes here. The ends of the fan clips hold onto the heat
sink by being inserted in little holes on the top and bottom. That means when you remove the fans, the clips
will stay in place, making reinstallation much easier. On top of that, the clips are very easy to
hook and unhook from the fans because they just have a little protrusion bent into the
clip that fits into the fan mounting holes. I’ve used a lot of fan clips, and these are
by far the best and easiest to use. Anyway, once the fans are off, you add the
two mounting arms to the heat sink. Each one is held on with a single screw and
with the fans off there’s plenty of room to maneuver a screwdriver and get them mounted. With those on, the next step is to add a dab
of thermal paste to the processor, remove the protective plastic sticker on the base
– definitely don’t forget to do that – and set the cooler down on the processor. To hold the heat sink to the CPU, four thumb
nuts get screwed down and then tightened completely with a screw driver. Once it’s mounted, you just hook the fans
back on the heat sink and plug them in. They both have a PWM splitter cable, so you
plug the first fan into the CPU fan header and the second fan into the first fan’s splitter. The whole process only took me a couple minutes
and Arctic does a great job with installation guides. Their websites offers them in a variety of
languages, along with a how to video. Not a lot of companies go to this level of
effort, so bonus points to Arctic there. And now let’s go to the benchmarks. My test bench is a Ryzen 3 1200 overclocked
to 4.1GHz at 1.35V, and temperatures are reported as deltas; degrees above ambient. First we’ll look at the idle results. These are the noise levels and temperature
deltas with no programs running and the fans at their minimum RPM. Owing to the fans completely stopping at idle,
my Ryzen 3 1200 does get pretty hot with a 29.7 degree delta. That’s pretty spicy. But then again, temperature at idle really
doesn’t matter too much, since the processor is by definition not being stressed at all. In terms of noise though, the Freezer 34 hits
a home run because it doesn’t make any at all. I like that. Now we’ll look at the load results. These measurements are taken with Prime95
running and the fans at full speed to show the cooler’s upper limits. The Freezer 34 lands with the upper tier coolers
at just over 35 degrees above ambient. The noise level at full tilt is somewhat higher
at 47.5 dB, but it’s a much lower frequency hum than a typical fan with more and thinner
blades, so it ends up reducing the annoyance factor quite a bit. Now here’s noise versus temperature to show
the cooler’s performance across its range of RPM. This graph is laid out so you can easily compare
coolers’ noise levels at a given temperature or temperature at a given noise level. The Freezer 34 actually hits pretty close
to the Scythe Fuma, a much larger dual tower cooler, through most of its RPM range. You can also see the diminishing returns of
running the fans at very low RPM, only shaving off a tiny amount of noise at the low end
while increasing the temperature by quite a bit. The elbow around 40% fan speed seems to be
the sweet spot, with only about a 38 degree delta and noise level under 33 decibels. Now here’s the chart of cooler scores, a
metric to compare coolers running at their optimal speed, balanced between cooling performance
and noise level. Again the Freezer 34 hits right in line with
the other high tier coolers I’ve looking at with a 49.3. Considering how small this cooler is, especially
in terms of depth front to back, that’s extremely impressive. Finally, cooler score per dollar to show price
to performance. With its very affordable price tag of $40,
the Freezer 34 lands near the top of the list here. Only a couple of these coolers cost less,
but Arctic out-competes almost all of them in temperature and noise performance, even
some of the more expensive coolers. Nice show from Arctic. Now, Arctic also has a single fan version,
just called the Freezer 34 eSports. But the DUO is only a few dollars more and
still has unlimited RAM clearance even with two fans. Unless you have a very specific reason to
get the single fan version, which I honestly can’t think of one, the DUO is going to be
your best bet. What stands out to me is that it offers crazy
good price to performance. This is one of the better air coolers I’ve
tested, but also one of the cheapest – 40 bucks is a very affordable price, especially
for this level of cooling. And not only is the cooling great, the noise
level is also fantastic. The fact that the fans can completely stop
is a huge feature to have if you care about having a quiet PC. On top of that, noise from the fans is also
a much lower pitch than others, owing to the much wider blade design. So not only is it a very quiet cooler, the
noise itself is also less noticeable. Now I always try to look for downsides in
every product I review, or at the very least things you should be aware of, but I really
can’t find any with the Freezer 34. It’s not very tall so it’ll fit in the vast
majority of cases, it doesn’t block RAM slots on either side, and installing it is super
straightforward. I guess it doesn’t have LEDs, so that’s something
to keep in mind if you prefer lights. Other than that, the Freezer 34 eSports DUO
is a well priced, solid cooler all around. Follow the link in the description to pick
one up for yourself. Hit subscribe and click the bell icon to get
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if you want to see more hit subscribe, and I wanna hear from you: do you like having
LEDs on your CPU cooler? Let me know in the comments below! Thanks for watching, I hope I helped, and
I’ll see you in the next video. Whew! I just had it balanced, on the empty box. I keep doing that. I do that way too much, and it’s dangerous,
and eventually one of these things that’s gonna be to my side, is gonna fall over. I know that’s gonna happen, but I’m gonna
try to avoid it. Why is red such a prominent color? Weird.

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41 thoughts on “The FREEZER Upgrade! [Arctic Freezer 34 eSports DUO Review]

  • June 6, 2019 at 7:00 pm
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    Should CPU coolers have LEDs? Which do you prefer?? 👍

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  • June 6, 2019 at 7:02 pm
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    Gawddamit bro are you a bot? I was googling this cooler a minute ago. I had the Arctic Freezer 33 and was very happy with it except for the mounting system, which is completely overhauled (and much easier) on the 34 series

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  • June 6, 2019 at 7:23 pm
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    RGB LEDs, literally cancer.

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  • June 6, 2019 at 7:24 pm
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    Man, why did you not included freezer 33 exports one when you tested it like year ago…

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  • June 6, 2019 at 9:02 pm
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    can anybody test this cooler please?
    Alpenföhn Matterhorn White Edition Rev. C , and your review is very informative and i like it. this cooler is also very interesting and looking good
    Gelid Solution Phantom Black . i am interested in testing it on ryzen cpu`s,esspecially on most selling ryzen 2600. thanks

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  • June 6, 2019 at 9:22 pm
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    I would have removed one fan and added an extra heatpipe

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  • June 6, 2019 at 9:51 pm
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    Im so confused, I keep seeing the gammaxx 400 beating coolers which cost far more and should be performing far better than it. Whats going on ?

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  • June 7, 2019 at 2:38 am
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    NO RGB @ ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • June 7, 2019 at 1:44 pm
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    When are you upgrading your system??

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  • June 8, 2019 at 12:16 pm
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    Its Monthly PC build video die?

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  • June 8, 2019 at 9:17 pm
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    What about the RGB for improved performance? I am disappointed.

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  • June 10, 2019 at 6:54 pm
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    I recently bought this cooler last week (black and white) and installation was a breeze. My CPU was much cooler.

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  • June 16, 2019 at 2:03 pm
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    can this cooler fit in Thermaltake core v1 case??

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  • June 17, 2019 at 11:20 pm
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    he said FANtastic

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  • June 23, 2019 at 10:56 pm
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    The best gammax 400 review.thanks

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  • June 24, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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    Thank you!

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  • July 1, 2019 at 12:44 pm
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    That face tho.

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  • July 1, 2019 at 9:00 pm
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    Another fantastic cooler review by my favorite tropical shirt wearing reviewer.

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  • July 2, 2019 at 10:57 pm
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    If I wanted to change fans to something black, could I do it? Their color selection doesn't match my theme

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  • July 3, 2019 at 11:31 am
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    Can you get your hands on the Scythe Fuma 2 ?

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  • July 4, 2019 at 6:18 am
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    Can someone rank the Hyper 212 black , freezer 34, gammaxx 400 and the cheap cryorig(dont know the name) please thanksb

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  • July 13, 2019 at 9:19 pm
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    Nice video 🙂 here in the UK this is rated on Amazon as "#1 Best Seller in Car Engine Radiator Fan Clutches" ha ha ha!!!

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  • July 14, 2019 at 8:39 am
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    I got the single fan version due to availability. The extra fan on the cooler itself makes less than a degree C difference according to Arctic's website, but it is extremely cheap to buy as a bundle, so get it if you can and use the extra fan as case intake perhaps.

    The build quality of the cooler itself is superb. I don't like idle mode (although it works fine) so I keep at 20% base and up to 60% under load, which it doesn't reach with a stock Ryzen 1700. Under continuous Cinebench the CPU stays at 54 degree C, the cooler fan at 950RPM, the two case fans I have are also set below 1000RPM.

    The main reason I got this cooler – it came with AM4 mounting option in the box, compared to some other popular tower coolers.

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  • July 18, 2019 at 2:36 am
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    I went with the single fan version (freezer 34 co) because I have 2 spare noctua 120mm static pressure fans

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  • July 20, 2019 at 9:18 am
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    The Gammaxx 400 is still the best price to performance cooler! Gonna buy one soon to upgrade the 300 i have!

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  • July 25, 2019 at 8:35 pm
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    Is it better than Cooler Master Hyper 212 Led Turbo ???

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  • July 30, 2019 at 9:09 pm
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    Will this work on an a320m pro vd/s mobo?

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  • August 3, 2019 at 5:53 am
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    I can't believe the Hyper 212 still does great.

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  • August 23, 2019 at 10:52 am
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    Thoughts on this vs the Scythe Mugen 5 Rev.B for a 3600. (Just 5 bucks more than the Arctic in my country). Mostly interested in quietness and the Mugen seems to be more silent but I'm not so sure.

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  • August 31, 2019 at 1:48 am
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    Can you comment on the contact area to the heatsink? Did it need to be stoned? Curiosity and internet searching hasn’t shown me anything I’m interested in knowing about so I bought a noctura over this cooler. What I’m trying to say is did you get what you paid for?40$ is 40$ I mean.

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  • September 6, 2019 at 4:08 pm
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    is ok for i7 9700K 5Ghz all cores?

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  • September 9, 2019 at 9:27 am
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    Looks awesome. A cool tower cpu cooler without rgb with 2 fans and totally black colored radiator. Would be nice if it could be totally black with fans too.

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  • September 23, 2019 at 9:05 am
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    I found the fan clips to be unfriendly when you pop one lead off of the cooler.

    Performance is good. I hit 73C on blender. on a 3600 auto OC'd to 3.975GHz.In AMD Master, that is 88W.
    Under gaming loads, its 54C or so. And even when it gets up in to the 70s, as soon as the process stops, temps drop fast.

    I have the fan curve set so that it only break 1600rpm above the high 50s. And near 70, its 1800 or so.

    it comes with thermal paste. dont use their instructions. it comes with AM4 brackets. and its $40.

    setup: meshify C, 2x 140mm noctua on the front (that rarely break 1000rpm), stock fans otherwise.

    I cut the paste packet weird, and it emitted small tubes of paste. I dont think that is ideal. I might repaste it, with thicker output, and make it more rectangular to match the contact area.
    Doubt it will make much of a difference though

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  • October 1, 2019 at 6:58 pm
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    Believe me or not it is better than cooler master hyper 212

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  • October 3, 2019 at 9:26 am
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    Nice review, man !! This cooler looks very nice and performers well. What should i buy for a 3700x ? freezer 34 duo or scythe fuma 2 ? I can't decide.

    Could you help me ?

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  • October 4, 2019 at 11:21 pm
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    So glad I found this video. Was about to pull the trigger on a bequiet one

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  • October 9, 2019 at 1:38 am
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    I just subbed. I'm wanting a new cooler because my dumb 212 Evo isn't AM4 compatible and since I'm only doing a very minor overclock, I don't want to shell out $90 for a Noctua or Dark Rock, plus I want a lower profile than them. Awesome video.

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  • October 16, 2019 at 11:19 pm
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    Yep, nice fast review style and very clear. Nice work, have a sub.

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  • October 20, 2019 at 5:18 pm
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    At around 60% fan speed my 34 eSports Duo makes a really annoying and noticeably audible humming sound. It's like a low-pitched whine. Is this due to a defect in my fans, or is yours the same? It's audible when sitting about 5 feet away from my closed PC case.

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  • October 24, 2019 at 7:27 pm
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    will this fit on socket 1150? more importantly GA-Z97P-D3 is my motherboard and have 4 ram stick installed.

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  • October 25, 2019 at 12:09 am
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    Very nice review, I like the camera work. If you want a great budget build CPU cooler, that looks awesome with the RGB lighting effect. Then you want to go with the Deepcool Gammaxx GTE. It has lowered my temps by 15-20 C even during game play. Ryzen 5 2400G, OC to 4Ghz, and IGPU at 1350MHZ on 1.1125 Volts.

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