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Thermaltake Frio CPU Cooler - Final Thoughts

Today we have a cooler from Thermaltake on our test bench bursting at the seams with potential. It sure looks the goods, but can it handle our TECC without much of a sweat?

| CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 16, 2010 7:58 am
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Final Thoughts

 

I'm glad I didn't stop and just go with the testing as I saw it with the AMD mounting kit. Using the Intel kit showed a degree and a half difference at load and just over half a degree improvement at idle. Usually with Thermaltake coolers there is an AMD locking bar like what is found on a stock cooler. During my testing it always left the coolers a little loose. After testing the Jing and seeing there was a different AMD setup, I tried it out. The mount was way more secure than their previous setup, but I am glad they added newer AMD hardware with the Jing. It will be an improvement felt by AMD owners everywhere. Moving over to the Intel hardware was the ticket to getting better results from our setup. Even though it took me a bit of fiddling around, I was able to find that secure foundation I was looking for.

 

Having two fans pushing just over 100CFM covers my air flow and I can check that one off the list. As I said, with fans high CFM brings noise with it. For those looking for silence, this is definitely not the cooler for you. Innovations and tricks were my last pre requisite and Thermaltake has us covered here as well. Fans attached to shrouds, five fat heat pipes, unique bends and angles of the fin placements just to name a few. I really think Thermaltake left no stone unturned with the Frio and I can see where it led to the Jing. Lastly, as it does come into play for some, is the aesthetics of the cooler. White fan blades aside, the all black with bold red highlights will be a huge seller to mass amounts of custom builders.

 

Like I mentioned, this review is a little late in the game, but I wanted to see for myself what all the fuss was about and Thermaltake was happy to oblige me and sent the Frio along. I have to say it is quite the performer. Keeping up with $80 air cooling and even $90 to $130 all-in-one water cooling units isn't easy, but it looks as if Thermaltake has hit back to back homeruns. If clearance for the Frio isn't an issue, for the $54.99 asking price at Newegg, it is a good bang for the buck. The question really becomes, do I go for the red and black of the Frio, or do I take the green silent Jing? - Either way you go, you won't be disappointed.

 

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