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Thermaltake Frio OCK Cooler Review – better than Noctua D14?

Rating: 8.5.

The Frio has been a runaway success for Thermaltake, combining killer performance at a very competitive price point. Today we are looking at the revised and ‘improved’ version, the ‘OCK’, which according to Thermaltake can significantly outperform the class leading Noctua NH D14.

In January KitGuru published an editorial from inside the Thermaltake laboratory. This was no ordinary, boring look at a list of upcoming products no one wanted to see, this article showed that the OCK could outperform the Noctua NH D14 by a staggering 7 degrees Celsius.

I will be honest, at the time we published the story, I was more than a little dubious. Having had many months hands on experience with the Noctua ‘Austrian Sandwich’ D14 , this seemed like a rather tall order. One to three degrees was perhaps possible, but 7c? Surely not. After all there is only so far you can go with air cooling.

So what has changed since the original model was released? The OCK uses six heatpipes, an increase from five, and there is a fatter aluminum fin stack with slightly larger 13cm fans placed on either side.

Supports Intel® Latest 6-Core Processors
Intel® Core i7 Extreme (Socket LGA1366)
Intel® Core i7 (Socket LGA1366 & LGA1155/1156)
Intel® Core i5 / i3 (Socket LGA1155/1156)
Intel® Core 2 Extreme / Quad / Duo (Socket LGA775)
Intel® Pentium D / 4 (Socket LGA775)
Intel® Pentium (Socket LGA775)
Intel® Celeron D (Socket LGA775)
Intel® Celeron (Socket LGA775)

AMD® Latest 6-Core Processors
AMD® Phenom II X6 / X4 / X3 / X2 (Socket AM3/AM2+)
AMD® Phenom X4 / X3 (Socket AM3/AM2+)
AMD® Athlon II X4 / X3 / X2 (Socket AM3)
AMD® Athlon 64 FX / X2 (Socket AM2)
AMD® Athlon 64 (Socket AM2)
AMD® Sempron (Socket AM2)

* Supports All CPUs up to 240W TDP

Heatsink Dimension 143(L) x 136.8(W) x 158.4(H) mm
(with 2 Fans)
Heatsink Material Aluminum Fins
Aluminum & Copper Base
Heatpipe 6mm (x6)
Fan Dimension 130(L) x 130(H) x 25(W) mm
Fan Speed 1,200 ~ 2,100 RPM
Bearing Type —-
Noise Level 21 ~ 48 dBA
Max. Air Flow 121 CFM
Max. Air Pressure 3.12 mmH2O
LED Fan —-
Power Connector 3 Pin
Rated Voltage 12 V
Started Voltage 7 V
Rated Current 1.2 A
Power Input 14.4 W
MTBF 50,000 Hrs @ 40℃
Weight 1093 g (with 2 Fans)

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  • Phil

    thats a damn good cooler looking at the size of it. stupid to try and go head to head with the D14 tho, its a monster.

    I like this, should do them well.

  • Roger

    Great cooler indeed, but silly things they were doing before it launched. dont understand why they thought anyone would believe 7c better than D14. ludicrous.

  • Seth

    £50 is a hefty asking price, Frio was a bargain, not sure this is worth £15 more. Its good but is it better than the Antec liquid cooler for less? I dont think so. They need to drop the UK price.

  • Victor

    This is awesome, but yeah, dont know what they were thinking. its made them look very stupid.

  • Dave

    This really is like the Prolimatech Megahalems, with a few mods. wonder if the same company makes both.