Arctic Freezer 33 Esports One Review: $30 Cooler, worth it?

by Ronald Davies -
Arctic Freezer 33 Esports One Review: $30 Cooler, worth it?
PerformancePSU Verdict: 4.7/5
Arctic Freezer 33 Esports One

Arctic Freezer 33 Esports One

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The Freezer 33 Esports One did not only do great on our 2400g test bench, it can handle any CPU with a TDP of up to 200w with only a single fan. This cooler has great attention to detail and excellent build quality. If you are in the market for a sub $30 CPU cooler, look no further and pick up an Arctic Freezer 33 Esports One.

  • Easy Installation
  • Black Heatsink Color
  • Build Quality
Build Quality

Arctic has been around for a while so you have likely heard of this brand before. Many of you who have built computers will recognize the name because they make the very popular MX-2 and MX-4 thermal pastes.

Today, we will take a look at one of their newest CPU coolers, the Arctic Freezer 33 Esports One.

Arctic Freezer 33 Esports One Key Features

  • High Performance CPU Cooler: A powerful Tower cooler equipped with BioniX fan. New thermal coating and fan give performance with a TDP of up to 200 watts.
  • Thermal Coating: newly developed thermal coating creates micro-turbulence with a special surface structure. Coating and offset heat pipes leads to optimized heat dissipation and increased cooling performance.
  • Maximum Performance for Highest-End CPUs: The contact surface does not cover the full surface of the CPU cap but is positioned right where the processor die is and cover the even largest 18 cores completely. This leads to maximum performance.
  • Wide Range of Regulation: With the range of 200 to 1800 RPM, the fan is controllable in one setting thanks to ARCTIC’s PST ( PWM Sharing Technology) to keep the overall noise level minimum yet the cooling performance as needed.
  • Maximum Quietness, Minimum Vibration: Extremely quiet operation through a newly developed motor guarantees long sessions without annoying noise. The ARCTIC motor absorbs 95% of vibrations compared to a conventional DC motor.
  • 4 x Longer Life Span: 10 º C lower motor temperature doubles the life span. The BioniX gaming fans have a four times longer service life through low coil temperature. Arctic, therefore, extends the warranty to 10 years.
  • Optimal Compatibility: Fast and easy to install, the different mounting systems are compatible with Intel and AMD sockets. A backplate and a lower weight allow the Freezer 33 to be fool-proof to install and transport safely.
  • Unlimited Ram Compatibility: There are no restrictions when using RAM modules. Even RAM modules with larger heat sinks can be mounted without any issues and are not blocked by the CPU cooler.

Arctic Freezer 33 Esports One Specifications:

  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 123mm x 150mm x 88mm
  • Weight: 676 grams
  • Heat-pipes: Direct Touch 4 x 6mm
  • Material: 49 Aluminum Fins
  • Maximum Cooling Capacity: 320 watts
  • Recommended TDP: 200 watts
  • Fan Dimensions (W x H x D): 120mm x 120mm x 25mm
  • Speed: 200-1800 rpm
  • Bearing Type: Fluid Dynamic
  • Noise Level: 0.5 Sone
  • Connector: PWM
  • Compatibility: Intel Sockets: 1151, 1150, 1155, 1156, 2066, 2011 AMD: AM4


Taking a look at the front of the box, you have a nice picture of the Artcic Freezer 33 CPU cooler and also the company advertising its 10-year warranty on the product. This 10-year warranty will make sure you can continue using this cooler for your system for years to come. The left side of the box has the cooler specifications, and the back has more of the listed features, which are discussed above.

You open the box’s lid to find the accessories box with all of the mounting system components, whether it’s being mounted to an Intel socket or AMD AM4 socket.

Once you remove the accessories box, you find the cooler with the BioniX fan already attached. While I like how the fan is already attached, it does need to be removed to install the CPU cooler onto your CPU socket. Also, while not necessary, there is no padding in the box to protect the CPU cooler from being damaged. Luckily, the CPU cooler arrived without any damage to the unit or the box, ARCTIC uses sturdy cardboard to construct their box to help combat any damage.

A Closer Look

Taking a closer look at the Arctic Freezer 33 Esports One, the first thing you notice is the special thermal coating which adds a lovely black aesthetic and partners with one of the four different fan choices.

The 49 aluminium looks very free-flowing and sturdy, ready to take on the heat of your CPU. There are 4 6mm heat pipes that make direct contact with your CPU heat spreader. The heat pipes are also covered in the black thermal coating, except at the bottom of the heat sink, where they make direct contact with the CPU.

The Bionix Fan has nine blades and comes in four different colors (Red, White, Green, Yellow). It also features Arctic’s efficient and silent 3-phase motor, which has a 10 C lower motor temperature equaling up to four times the longer service life.

Testing System and Installation

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 2400g
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte AB350N Wifi ITX
  • Graphics Card: Onboard Vega 11 Graphics
  • Memory: 16gb Gskill Flare X 3200mhz
  • Storage: 240g Samsung 850 Evo ssd
  • Power Supply: XFX TS 750w
  • Case: Cooler Master HAF Evo XB Test Bench


  • Idle Temps: The temperature is recorded after 5 minutes of idle
  • Metro LL Benchmark (Very High, AF 16X, No AA, PhysX dis): This is looped into 3 consecutive runs and the highest temperature is recorded.
  • ROG Realbench 15 min Stress Test: This test is accomplished to put a realistic load on the CPU/GPU. It runs LuxMark and Handbrake to stress the CPU, cache, GPU and RAM of your system.
  • Ashes of the Singularity CPU Test: The CPU test is used to place a great gaming load on the CPU with lots of calculations being made with the many units on the screen during the test.
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider: This game is less demanding on the CPU and more demanding on the GPU but is a great title to benchmark game performance.
  • Cinebench R15: This is a great CPU test to use all of the threads on your processor.


Installation of the fan onto the CPU cooler is made easy by the already attached clips that stay with the cooler. To install, you have to hold the fan on the cooler and move the triangles on the clips into the 120mm fan mount holes.

Before installing the cooler on your CPU, you have to install two brackets on the heat plate. When installing this cooler to an AM4 socket, you use the stock AM4 backplate that comes with your motherboard, and you use the provided screws to connect the brackets to the backplate. Unfortunately, the screws are made not over to tighten them and apply too much pressure to the socket area.


The following are what I believe to be a great group of real-world representative tests to stress the CPU and integrated Vega GPU and, lastly, the CPU cooler that is attached. The ambient temperature of the room during testing is 18 C. The testing was conducted with the 2400g stock settings, an Overclock of 3.9 GHz on the CPU, and Overclock of 1500 Mhz on the GPU and lastly, both the CPU and GPU Overclocked. During testing, the hottest package temperature is recorded.

System Idle (after 5 min of Power On)

At idle, you can see that the Freezer 33 Esports One does a great job of cooling the CPU package with an improvement of 5 Celcius over the stock Wraith Stealth cooler. However, once Overclocking is involved, the Freezer 33 can still keep the idle temp at 24 C.

Metro Last Light (Very High, AF 16X, No AA, PhysX Disabled (3 runs)

The Freezer 33 can keep the CPU package temp to only 53 C at stock settings, which is an 18 C improvement of the excellent stock Wraith Stealth. However, once Overclocked on both the CPU and GPU, you can see that the Freezer 33 can do an excellent job keeping the package temperature at a low 52 C.

15 minutes of ROG Realbench Stress Test

As you can see at stock settings, the Freezer 33 can beat out the stock cooler in the Realbench test with an improvement of 23 C., Overclocking just the GPU to 1500 Mhz. In addition, the Freezer can keep up with the extra heat and hold the 2400g at a max temp of 68 C. The stock cooler was unable to finish the test.

Ashes of the Singularity (CPU Test)

With the GPU Overclocked to 1500 Mhz, the Wraith Stealth was unable to keep up with the heat output of the package, while the Freezer 33 was able to hold the 2400g at 62C during the CPU Test.

Rise of the Tomb Raider Benchmark

When looking at ROTR, the Freezer 33 was able to completely able to knock me off my feet with a chilly 43 C for the package temperature with the CPU Overclocked to 3.9 Ghz and GPU to 1500 Mhz.

Cinebench R15 (3 consecutive runs)

The last test was three consecutive runs of Cinebench R15. The Freezer 33 competed well when the GPU was Overclocked to 1500 Mhz, holding package temps to 64 C. The Wraith Stealth was getting to 93 C in only one run.

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Ronald Davies
Ron is gamer from the United States, who has been in love with technology since high school and building PC's since 2012.
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