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January 27, 2012

Thermaltake Frio CPU Cooler

 

As most of you know, Thermaltake has been making quality PC hardware thermal solutions since 1999. They have recently released some killer equipment to keep your hardware cool. From coolers to cases, Thermaltake has recently been on a marketing push for their new cooling equipment for enthusiasts and overclockers and today we take a look at their CPU air-cooler solution built specifically for overclockers – the Thermaltake Frío.

Thermaltake, leading DIY thermal solutions brand, launch their latest CPU air-cooler specifically designed for overclocking, the Thermaltake Frío. Its name is its mission, as Frío is the Spanish word for cool. With a maximum cooling capacity of up to 220W, this high-end cooler is the ideal solution for overclockers and power-users alike. The universal socket support makes it compatible to all computer processors currently available on the market.

 

Built For Overclockers

This cooler is marketed for overclockers, but is really built for people such as myself who are interested in video editing as well and keeping their temperatures down.  It doesn’t hurt that Thermaltake designed the Frío to look uniquely aggressive and very cool.

 

Compatibility

The cooler measures 139(L) x 98(W) x 165(H) mm and a whooping 1042 grams (almost 2.5 pounds!) is designed to support a multitude of platforms including the Intel LGA775, LGA1156, LGA 1366 and AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3 sockets – basically every current chipset on the market today.

 

Specifications

Lets see some of the specifications of this beast cpu cooler :

 

  • Fan Size: 120mm
  • Compatibility: Intel: LGA 1156 / 1366 / 775
  • AMD: Socket AM2+ / AM2 / AM3
  • RPM:1,200 – 2,500 RPM
  • Air Flow: 101.6 CFM (Max.)
  • Noise Level: 20 – 43 dBA
  • Power Connector: 3 Pin
  • Heatsink Material: Aluminum & Copper
  • Fan Dimensions: 120 x 120 x 25 mm
  • Heatsink Dimensions: 139 x 98 x 165 mm
  • Weight: 1042 g
  • High-density 0.5mm aluminum fins with high surface-ratio heat sink design allows for most effective thermal dissipation.
  • Five 8mm heatpipes to accelerate heat transfer from the CPU to fins for utmost cooling efficiency.
  • Dual ISGC 120mm fans with full-range fan speed control allow power users to control cooling power.
  • The noise level is to adapt to different type of working or gaming enviornment.
  • Supports latest Intel Core i7 six-core processors.
  • Universal mounting design supports all processors available today:
    • Intel Core i7 & Core i5 (LGA 1156 & 1366);
    • AMD Phenom II & Phenom & Athlon Series CPU (Socket AM2, AM2+ & AM3)

 Testing And Conclusion

To test this CPU cooler we mounted it in our gamers machine so we can take it to limits . The rig specifications are below

 

Motherboard P8Z68-V DELUXE
CPU Core i7 2600K @ 4.2Ghz
RAM Corsair Dominator 8GB
PSU Cooler Master 1000watt PSU

 

After overclocking the CPU at 4.2 GHZ with help of tweaking in vcore and bclk , we noticed that the thermaltake frio sound changed . The fans were running at extreme speed but the temperatures were around 80C which is high according to our team . Moreover , it was like that fans can not help anymore. The sound was so loud that even you can hear it in that room . Which is not recommended , because excess overload on any peripheral decrease their life .

When the vcore and BCLK was lowered and some how clock speed was 3.8Ghz the fan started to show some good work . The fans were running smooth and also less noisy as compared to previous case. And the CPU temperature was at 69-71C which is much better than the previous one .

Then we again lowered the vcore and base clock to achieve 3.6Ghz and the fan started working normally ans smoothly with very faint sound . The temperature reading was around 57-63C which is quite good for overclocked CPU

As for the last points , we recommend this cooler if you are not a freak that will overclock his cpu around 4Ghz . This cooler can be effective upto 3.8Ghz ( From our point of view ) . If you want to have a cooler for extreme overclocking PC then Liquid cooling will be the right choice or any good air cooler in market will do good job for you like Coolermaster V8 or v10 , Corsair liquid coolers or Noctua air cooler and much more .

Few More Looks

 

 

 

At last I would like to thank you Thermaltake for sending me the product for reviewing . And in the endwe recommend this product for every mid budget gaming PC .

 

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