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Thermaltake Frio OCK Cooler Review – better than Noctua D14?

Today we are using the latest Intel Core i7 990x Extreme Edition processor which we reviewed a short while ago. This is the current mainstream flagship processor from Intel.

While we could use an open test bench, we like to try and mirror more ‘realistic’ conditions, so we have built the system inside an Antec Twelve Hundred chassis. Room ambient temperatures are maintained at a steady 20c throughout testing. We use diodes to measure core temperatures.

Intel System:
Processor: Intel Core i7 990x
Motherboard: Asus Rampage III Black Edition
Thermal Paste: Noctua NT H1
Power Supply: Corsair TX850W
Chassis: Antec Twelve Hundred
Memory: GSkill RipJaws DDR3 2000mhz 6GB 7-8-7
Graphics Card: Sapphire HD5670 Ultimate Edition

Comparison coolers:
Corsair H50
Corsair H70
Coolit ECO A.L.C.
Coolit Vantage A.L.C.
Noctua NH D14
Prolimatech Genesis
Thermaltake Frio

All other coolers, unless noted were set to their default fan speeds for this section of the review. We are using high quality 120mm and 140mm Noctua fans on the Genesis cooler.

At high speeds, the Frio OCK is only a fraction behind the Noctua NH D14, but these coolers can’t really be properly tested at reference voltages. Time to crank the 990x to 5ghz at 1.5 volts.

The Thermaltake Frio OCK at high fan settings is only a little behind the Noctua NH D14. The Frio OCK is painfully loud however.

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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.