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Thermaltake Frio Extreme CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 12, 2012 2:06 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Accessories and Documentation




As you can see by the scuff marks on the accessory package this got shipped between the towers and includes all of the mounting hardware you will need for the Frio Extreme.




Inside that box is a clear plastic lid that the universal back plate rides on. The other part is a really dense foam tray that keeps all of the hardware compartmentalized during transit and makes for a handy place to store the goods when not in use.




Floating around freely in the box is this adapter cable with 4-pin female fan connections on either end. This is if you plan to use the fan controller, you need this to make the final connection for power.




You also get four wire frame fan clips. These will slide into those tiny holes I showed you and then they simply clip over the fan as the V-notches set in the fans mounting holes.




As far as the paperwork is concerned, there is a multi-lingual guide for AMD mounting on the left and the Intel mounting is seen with the one on the right. In the middle is all the warranty information you will need if you do run into an issue down the road with this cooler.




The pair of 140mm fans that cool the Frio Extreme are these PLA14025S12H fans. These fans have round-ish frames and 11 blue sickle shaped fan blades that will kick out plenty of CFM and static pressure to make any cooler happy. These fans use a 4-pin connection for motherboard powering or with the use of the fan controller.




And here is the black plastic fan controller that allows for either PWM or your own voltage regulation with the simple twist of the dial. There are LEDs to signify which mode the controller is in and to swap modes you just need to move the switch up or down.




Both ends of the fan controller look exactly alike, but this end says fan on it and the opposite end says M/B or motherboard to denote which of the wires go where. As there are two four pin headers to power the fans on this end, there are also two four pin headers to power it from the motherboard too, but only one is required to power this controller.

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