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Thermaltake Frio OCK CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Feb 18, 2011 4:54 am
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: Thermaltake

The Thermaltake Frio OCK CPU Cooler




Looking into the mouth of the beast, we see that the 130mm fan covers a vast majority of the aluminum fins. This nine blade fan spins counter clockwise and blows air into the body of the cooler. The fan is surrounded with a black plastic frame that slides over the cooler; more on that in a bit.




The side view shows that the cooler gets flanked on both sides by fans, and the center bit of the shroud is actually a tab to release the whole assembly from the body. Also something worth pointing out, both wires from the fins tie in together for this cooler; no need for two fan headers.




The exhausting side of the cooler also sports a blue fan of nine blades. You can tell by the pitch of the blades on this fan that is will be scooping air from the cooler and blowing it out this side.




I mentioned the cooler took cues from Star Craft Ii, and while I couldn't pin down an actual component of the game it mimics directly, I can see similarities in a few things from the game. The large blue center is mostly covering the top of the fins and allows just the very top of the pipes to show through. The red accents at the four corners offer a bright contrast to the blue and black shroud.




Laying the Frio OCK down to get a look at the business end, you can see six 6mm diameter copper heat pipes that have been nickel plated to fight oxidation. Same is to be said for the bottom half of the base, it is also copper plated with nickel. The top half of the base that sandwiches the pies is made from aluminum, and this is where the hardware is mounted.




The base is flat when a razor is held against it, there is a bit of deflection near the corners, but that isn't in contact with the processor. The copper is milled in a circular pattern and even after the plating is done, this pattern is still very visible.




The shorter side panels of the shroud can be gently pulled away from the cooler body and it allows the whole shroud, fans and all to be removed for cleaning, or easier access for mounting the Frio OCK.




With the shroud removed the pair of 45 fin towers is obvious. Also obvious is the damage the cooler sustained in shipping. Not only is the cooler bent a bit and leans left in this image, but it took a good enough jolt to actually send the whole right side fin arrangement down. I mentioned this to Thermaltake, but I have heard nothing about a replacement, so the testing goes on as is.




Looking at the body from the side, the mounting clips for the fan shroud is most noticeable. The fin edges are bent over and interlocked for additional support on the outside edge.




The clip uses a hole that accepts a pin from the shroud of the same shape. These clips are held into place simply by screwing it to the side between a couple of fins and a pair in through the top. Also note, the impact that bent the cooler also distorted the bent edges at the top. I really hope this shipping mishap doesn't hurt the performance of the cooler.




Looks very much like a Megahalems at this point, doesn't it? The main differences I see visually are that there is a rounded center where it is separated, and the replacement of the "Tranfomer-like" design for a Tt logo.


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