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Thermaltake Frio Extreme CPU Cooler Review (Page 9)

By: Chad Sebring from Jul 12, 2012 @ 9:06 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Final Thoughts

What is really left to say, but WOW! I mean really, I have seen about five or six dual tower designs by now and some offered silence and some offered performance, but until now there hasn't been a mix this good.

There are quite a few things to consider when looking into this tower for you, though. First off is the memory issue. You can always raise the fan on the cooler, but there comes a point where this will hit the inside of the side panel, then what? Then there is the point that this cooler is an amazing 1230 grams and while obviously the cooler is on tight or its performance would have shown it, I didn't like that the cooler is allowed to twist at all once the hardware is locked into place. If you have an open air system like I do or a really large case with up to 170mm of clearance inside the chassis, you are going to have to give this cooler a lot of thought.

On the flip side the Frio Extreme is designed from the jump with performance in mind, I mean even the front of the box screams it has a 250W TDP capability! Fans that push over 100 CFM with above average static pressure, they weren't thinking of those running stock rigs with no intent to beat the living daylights out of your processor. In fact, it is quite the opposite and Thermaltake is marketing this to those that want to push to the bleeding edge of stability with any sort of processor since and including socket 754 on the AMD side and LGA775 on the Intel side. No matter which CPU you plan to abuse, this is the cooler to do it. For those of us who tend to abuse hardware regularly, access to it is a must and is why most of us tend to get an open air system and for those of you with tons of room, I strongly urge you to consider this solution to air CPU cooling.

Since you can find the Frio Extreme literally everywhere it seems, and if you shop right, you can have this cooler delivered to your door for a little more than $90. Considering the price of all of the other solutions and the fact that top marks in our test results pretty much speak for themselves, there is no way I can't recommend that you try the Frio Extreme dual tower cooler for yourself and enjoy the benefits of cooling not seen in any other air cooler up to this point and noise levels that won't make your ears bleed or piss off the neighbors because this thing has to sound like a jet taking off to perform.

What you get for your ninety dollar investment is a huge cooler that eats wattage from the CPU for breakfast. I don't own one myself, but if I was going to run the hotter CPUs of late, I would definitely want to strap on the Frio Extreme to tame those high temperatures and look good doing it!


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