The Thermaltake Frio Extreme is the first of the Frio coolers to ditch the plastic surround. I feel it is a good move.
The cooler ships with a protective cover on the base.
The engineering quality is exceptionally high, every fin on the dual tower heatsink is perfectly straight.
The Frio Extreme Cooler is based around two individual racks of aluminium fins which are connected via six heatpipes, 6mm in diameter. Other coolers may use four or five heatpipes, but sometimes these can be 8mm in diameter.
The six heatpipes run along the full length of each heatsink and emerge at the top. The above image shows the physical mass of the heatsink, when seated next to the £20 Arctic Cooling Freezer 13.
Thermaltake are using a nickel plated copper core base which is manufactured to a perfect shine. Thermaltake have really enhanced their engineering quality with this cooler, it is a significant improvement on the previous coolers in this range.