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Thermaltake Frio CPU Cooler (Page 3)

By Chad Sebring on Aug 16, 2010 02:58 am CDT - 1 min, 37 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 95%Manufacturer: Thermaltake

The Thermaltake Frio CPU Cooler

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At first glance the Frio seems to missing something; that's right, there are two fans. That's ok, because it gives me a chance to carefully disassemble the Frio so we can get a good look at it.

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Starting with the 120mm fan that is mounted to the intake side of the Frio, the white blades make for a stark contrast of color against the red and black, but as far as I'm concerned, these could be purple if they are pushing over 100CFM. For me performance takes precedence over aesthetics for coolers and fans.

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Looking at the side of the cooler, we can see how the shrouds are held onto the cooler. The fans mount with rubber tabs. In order to mount or remove the fans these shrouds need to be removed as well to ease the installation.

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On top, most noticeable are the bright red bars. These flank the center cover made of a smoked plastic. This cover allows the pipes to pop through and also gave Thermaltake room for a logo.

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The back shroud comes already installed, but with it showing the level, you can see the fins are oddly positioned. The fins are set on an angle over the heat pipes and both ends are bent in the opposing direction. In the shroud itself there are grooves to accept the rubber mounting tabs. As you can see, it's rather difficult to get the fan mounted if it is on the cooler.

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The base does have some obvious milling marks, but for the most part the center is flat and level. The outer edges do drop slightly, but the Frio's base is much larger than the IHS of any processor. Sandwiched between this base and the aluminum top, you can see the fat 8mm pipes that will immediately remove the heat from the copper base.

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Chad Sebring


Jumping into computers for just the aspect of gaming is how it all started for me. After a solid year of gaming, I caught the overclocking bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and I have had both air and water setups to tinker with. With a few years of abusing computer parts, I looked for something new. I then decided to take my chances and try to get a review job with a online site. As an avid overclocker, I am always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals technology.

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