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Thermaltake Frio review

Rating: 8.0.

I admit that I have a slightly unhealthy obsession about coolers and whenever I build a system I spend a lot of time fine tuning to get the lowest possible temperatures, while achieving the maximum possible overclocks.

Thankfully in 2010 there are no shortage of high quality heatsinks to choose from, a wealth of solutions from leading manufacturers built around dense aluminum fin configurations, copper bases and thick heatpipe designs. As processors get faster and hotter heatsink developers really are pulling out all the stops to deliver the best products to market.

The last high end air cooler we looked at was the phenomenal Noctua NH D14 which I dubbed the ‘Austrian Sandwich’. This cooler actually gave us better results than some of the entry level liquid cooling solutions on the market and we managed to achieve almost 5ghz with the Intel 875k processor.

Today we are looking at the premium Thermaltake solution called the ‘Frio‘ – a dual fan universal heatsink capable of cooling multi core processors with a power output of 220w. After our glowing review of the excellent Contact 29 we have high hopes that this cooler will really deliver the goods. The fact the cooler is around £30 less than the Noctua NH D14 should get you interested.

The Frio was developed and created by Thermaltake with one goal in mind – give overclockers exactly what they want. Our goal today is to find out if they have been successful. The cooler uses two 120mm fans with a maximum speed of 2,500 rpm in a classic push-pull airflow dynamic to force cool air over the fins. It is built with a mixture of aluminum, copper and plastic to maintain great heat transference capabilities while reducing body weight.

Product Thermaltake Frio
Intel Support Intel® Latest 6-Core Processors
Intel® Core i7 Extreme (Socket LGA1366)
Intel® Core i7 (Socket LGA1366 & LGA1156)
Intel® Core i5 / i3 (Socket LGA1156)
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 Support 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)
Heatsink Dimension 139(L) x 98(W) x 165(H) mm
Heatsink Material Aluminum Fins
Aluminum & Copper Base
Heatpipe Ø 8mm x 5
Fan Dimension 120(L) x 120(H) x 25(W) mm
Fan Speed 1,200 ~ 2,500 RPM
Noise Level 20 ~ 43 dBA
Max. Air Flow 101.6 CFM
Max. Air Pressure 4.2 mmH2O
Power Connector 3 pin
Rated Voltage 12 V
Started Voltage 6V
Rated Current 0.5 A
Power Input 6W
MTBF 50,000 hours @ 40c
Weight 1,042g

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  • death dealer

    Thanks for letting us know Zardon, i was wondering what was going on there.

  • eric k

    i want to read this any news on a system fix?

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  • Tech Head

    Hey I have a FRIO ! I love it. was contemplating going to a Noctua NH D14 but its a bit much money for only slightly improved cooling. Might just change the fans to high end ones.

  • Bob

    Cool. literally 🙂

    Its a really good looking bit of engineering. not so sure about all the plastic and the fans seem a bit noisy, but I guess with variable controls you can adjust that to suit. Good reviews, thanks.

  • Harry

    This is a great cooler, and I like the price. The NOctua NH D14 is better, but it costs a fortune.

  • steve

    Thermaltake standards are better lately they used to be really shoddy. last year they are putting out some solid products.

  • bret

    Good article, interesting to see the noise levels on this thing cranked ! over 60db, bloody nora.

  • Darth Vaders Postman

    Thank you for the review, very helpful in my purchase. decided to order one of these, seems really good value for money and I can set the fans on low as you say for my 875k

  • Francois LeBon

    Nice article – good testing. I like the looks of the cooler and the design is good also. I never though Thermaltake could make something this nice, I have never liked their cases.

  • Harold McMillan

    Most useful, especially the fan information.

  • Drystar McStar

    £38 is a great price isnt it? cant believe they are selling it for £30 less than the noctua sandwich thingie

  • Eric Calton

    What is the fitting like for AMD?

  • Tres Bien

    I wonder what it would be like if they made it slightly bigger, almost the same size as the noctua cooler and put better fans on it, I bet that diference in performance would drop.

  • OmegaRED

    This seems like a good 2nd choice for people who find the Noctua D14 is incompatible with some of their hardware.