...offers good cooling performance, little chance of interference with memory slots, and a PWM fan that turns off at low load.
Keeping within budget when speccing-up your next self-build can be a complex task, and it's a balancing act as you decide which components to prioritise at the expense of others.
If you're needing to free up funds for, say, a bigger SSD or a faster graphics card, you could perhaps choose a cheap-and-cheerful CPU cooler that hits the right notes without breaking the bank.
Fitting that description to a tee, Arctic's Freezer i32 is a sensible choice at around £25. Well-built, well-sized and well-thought-out, it offers good cooling performance, little chance of interference with memory slots and a PWM fan that turns off at low load.
Whether you'll hear the benefit of an idle CPU fan in most systems is up for debate, but it's an interesting development for quiet-computing aficionados, and when you factor in the six-year warranty you come to the conclusion that there is very little wrong with the Freezer i32.
Silent at low load
Good cooling performance
Shouldn't interfere with memory
Available for around £25
Thermal paste tricky to apply
Passive fan can unsettle BIOS
Arctic Freezer i32
The Arctic Freezer i32 semi-passive CPU cooler is available to purchase from Amazon.
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