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Thermaltake Frio CPU Cooler Review
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Written by nathaniel   
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http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:M1mIrYuTWa9oyM:http://www.f1cd.ru/news/cooling/2009/12/cooling_129_1.jpgToday we will be looking at the new Frio CPU cooler from Thermaltake. There are a ton of coolers on the market so at times it can be difficult to sort through the mess and find what’s right for you. Thermaltake is one company you can trust to make a rock solid product and thus far they have never let me down. The temperature of your CPU is vital for overclocked stability and the longevity of all your components. Let’s get into the packaging and see what the Frio is all about:

 

Provided by: Thermaltake

Price: $59.99

Closer Look:

 

 

 

 

Specifications and Features:

Compatibility    Intel® Latest 6-Core Processors
Intel® Core i7 Extreme (Socket LGA1366)
Intel® Core i7 (Socket LGA1366/LGA1156)
Intel® Core i5 / i3 (Socket LGA1156)
Intel® Core 2 Extreme (Socket LGA775)
Intel® Core 2 Quad (Socket LGA775)
Intel® Core 2 Duo (Socket LGA775)
Intel® Pentium D (Socket LGA775)
Intel® Pentium 4 (Socket LGA 775)
Intel® Pentium (Socket LGA775)
Intel® Celeron D (Socket LGA775)
Intel® Celeron (Socket LGA775)
AMD® Phenom II X4/X3/X2 (Socket AM3)
AMD® Phenom X4/X3 (Socket AM2+/AM2)
AMD® Athlon 64 FX (Socket AM2+/AM2)
AMD® Athlon 64 X2 (Socket AM2+/AM2)
AMD® Athlon 64 (Socket AM2+/AM2)
AMD® Sempron (Socket AM2+/AM2)
Heatsink Dimension   

139(L) x 98(W) x 165(H) mm

Heatsink Material    Aluminum Fins
Aluminum & Copper Base
Heatpipe    Ø 8mm x 5
Fan Dimension    120(L) x 120(H) x 25(W) mm
Fan Speed    1,200 ~ 2,500 RPM
Bearing Type    ----
Noise Level    20 ~ 43 dBA
Max. Air Flow    101.6 CFM
Max. Air Pressure    4.2 mmH2O
LED Fan    ----
Power Connector    3 Pin
Rated Voltage    12 V
Started Voltage    6 V
Rated Current    0.5 A
Power Input    6 W
MTBF    50,000 Hrs @ 40℃
Weight    1,042 g

 

 

Supports Intel Latest 6-Core Processors
Ultimate Overclocking Thermal Structure Design
Ultra Powerful  Dual 120mm VR™ Fan and Eye-Catching Cover
Universal Socket Compatibility & Accessory Package

Ultimate Overclocking Thermal Structure Design
- excellent cooling capacity – supports 220W
- 0.5mm aluminum fins with large surface for heat dissipation
- 5 x Ø8 mm-U-shape copper heat pipes for accelerated heat conduction
- tower side flow design efficiently optimizes cooling performance.

Ultra Powerful Dual 120mm VR™ Fan and Eye-Catching Cover
- 120 mm VR™ Fan, adjustable between 1200 and 2500 RPM max. for best overclocking performance
- additional 120mm Fan enhances cooling performance
- black and red cooler top add aesthetical appearance

Universal Socket Compatibility & Accessory Package
- universal socket support:
  Intel: LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA775
  AMD: AM3, AM2+, AM2 
- premium thermal grease maximizes heat transfer from the CPU into the cooler copper base for rapid dissipation

 

 

Testing Rig:

  • CPU: Q6600
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3
  • Memory: 2 x 2GB Kingston
  • OS: Windows XP Home SP3
  • Video Card: MSI Geforce GTS 250
  • Power Supply: Nexus RX-1K 1000 Watt

 

Testing:

In order to test the Frio we will be running both load and Idle tests using Prime 95 for load scores. I will be testing it in both stock and over clocked performance against the Zerotherm Core 92 and the Evercool Buffalo. Ambient room temperature is 16c.

 

Temperatures Idle Load
Stock 15c(59f) 28c(82f)
Overclocked 22c(71gf) 35c(95f)

CPU Cooler

Zerotherm Core 92 CPU Cooler

Evercool Buffalo CPU Cooler

State

Idle

Load

Idle

Load

Stock Temp

15°C (59°F)

30°C (86°F)

17°C (62°F)

27°C (81°F)

 

Conclusion:

I think the Thermaltake Frio is a wonderful piece of machinery and articulate design. Colored red and black it’s stylish and classy. Easily overpowering my old cpu cooler with dual 12cm fans make it easy to cool any heat problem in your computer. So do I suggest this to you? Why of course I would, I think Thermaltake will put above and beyond into their product. In the future I bet they’ll solve the global warming situation with huge quad fans, water cooling machine thingy, but that’s some other story.

One aspect I like about the Frio is the way it is built, with an option to have two fans It makes me feel like I make a difference of what something looks like. If you decide to put the other one on it adds on 20mm to the dimensions witch I think is a lot of space for my computer.


Pros:

  • Great OC Cooling
  • Nice Design
  • Fits Most Current Socket Types
  • Quality Built

Cons:

  • Performance to Cost was not  as Good as the Buffalo (but is a much nicer looking cooler)
 

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