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Thermaltake Frio14 Silent CPU Cooler Review


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Thermal Performance Test Procedures:

  • Idle temperatures are obtained after sitting at the desktop for 15 minutes.
  • Load temperatures are obtained after running Prime95 in the ‘Small FFTs’ mode for 15 minutes.
  • We tested with our AMD FX-8350 CPU at stock voltages and at stock speeds.
  • The cooler’s fan is set to 100% to eliminate any inaccuracies from dynamic PWM fan speed adjustments.
  • We use HWMonitor to measure the CPU temperature.
  • CPU temperature recording is accurate to +/- 0.5 °C. Ambient temperature recording is accurate to +/- 0.05 °C.
  • Ambient temperature was maintained at 22 °C.

Acoustic Performance Test Procedures:

  • We measure the noise output of our entire system from a distance of 1m while the CPU Cooler’s fan operates at 100%. This way indicates the maximum noise output possible.
  • We unplug the case fans and avoid using a discrete GPU when possible in an effort to isolate CPU fan noise.

Test System:

  • Processor: AMD FX-8350 Retail (4.0 GHz, 4.2 GHz Turbo)
  • Motherboard: MSI 990FX GD-65.
  • Memory: 8GB Crucial Ballistix 1600 MHz.
  • Graphics Card: Reference design Nvidia GTX 780.
  • System drive: 240GB Kingston V300 SSD .
  • Secondary Drive: 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm.
  • Case: Fractal Design Define R4.
  • Power Supply: Seasonic G-750 80+ Gold.
  • Thermal paste: Supplied Thermaltake branded thermal paste.

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