Thermaltake Frio Extreme CPU Cooler Review (Page 1)

Now that we saw what their AIOs can do, let's move back to air cooling and see the Thermaltake Frio Extreme this time.
| Jul 12, 2012 at 9:06 am CDT
Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Thermaltake



Last week I took a look at what Thermaltake had in store for us as far as their new AIO water cooling is concerned. With all the advances in these newer units, they blew the doors off of previous AIO solutions and the Performer did very well, but the Pro closed that gap between an expensive air cooling solution and a custom water cooling loop. What happens when you want that sort of performance, but you don't want to take the risk of adding liquids into a system; you keep looking on the Thermaltake site for other cooling solutions, that's what you can do for starters.

I'm pretty sure it's been almost a year since I have seen a cooler that carries the Frio naming. I remember testing the original Frio as well as the Frio OCK. These were single tower coolers with a pair of fans attached to them via a shroud that were even designed after a StarCraft bunker. While the original pair were fat single tower coolers, the latest to take on the Frio naming is slightly different in design and may have some of the most CFM in the accompanying fans that all of the three coolers that now carry this name.

This latest submission in the Frio lineup from Thermaltake is the Frio Extreme. As most companies have done, now Thermaltake has a dual tower cooler design with this entry. Along with the dual towers of aluminum fins pressed over copper heat pipes, there is also a pair of 140mm fans that come with this unit and the shroud has been tossed to the recycle bin for this version. What I personally think is going to make this cooler stand out on the performance charts is the 106 CFM capability of the included fans. While this may add a bit of noise, it should eradicate the heat from the CPU like no one's business and propel this cooler to the top end of the charts.

I don't want to give it all away, so if you want to know more feel free to continue reading and see what the latest air cooler from Thermaltake is all about.

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After a year of gaming, Chad caught the OC bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and Chad has had many air and water setups. With a few years of abusing computer parts, he decided to take his chances and try to get a review job. As an avid overclocker, Chad is always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals.

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