Specifications, Availability and Pricing
The Frio OCK as I mentioned is said to have taken its styling of the shroud and fans from a video game. That isn't such a bad thing. While the translucent blue inner circle and the surrounding red plastic accents that are on the top of the cooler are what you will most likely be looking at, it took a bit of getting used to, but the design isn't so outlandish to me anymore. The top, sides, front and back of the cooler body is surrounded by a black plastic shroud that clips on to the cooler easily, and supports the pair of fans that accompany the Frio OCK. Internally, the body of the cooler reminds me a lot of the Prolimatech Megahalems design with the separated twin cooling towers. Six 6mm heat pipes get sandwiched between an aluminum plate and a nickel coated copper plate. From there the pipes travel up into one of the two towers containing aluminum fins each. Another thing to consider is that the Frio OCK is no lightweight weighing in at just less than 2.5 pounds (1093 g).
Cooling this pair of towers, Thermaltake pulled no punches. First off, they started with a 9 blade fan made from translucent blue plastic to match the top, but this is no ordinary fan. The fan has the voltage regulator attached that we are used to from Thermaltake, but this time both are wired together in the Frio OCK and use one VR to control the speed of both fans at once. This push/pull setup can run at speeds of 1200 - 2100 RPM, and pack a whopping 121 CFM per fan at full speed. The noise levels indicated, even on the "adjusted" scale, show that this cooler is going to be a loud one. All of this combined makes Thermaltake show off the rating that the Frio OCK will handle 240 Watts worth of heat.
In the last email I had with Thermaltake on this cooler, I was told the cooler has released already and should be filling shelves at your favorite shop. I wasn't however able to locate the cooler through Google or at Newegg.com just yet. In the same email I was able to pin down a price, and I was told that they are setting a MSRP of $74.99 US dollars. This definitely puts the Frio OCK up against all the top end coolers we have tested so far. The asking price is a bit pricey, so I have to assume that Thermaltake knows something about this cooler that I am going to test for myself and see if I can answer if the Frio OCK is in fact worthy of this sort of price point.