Excerpt: I have always considered Thermaltake to be one of the premier manufacturers of cases and cooling products; even though I haven’t always been a fan of all of their products . With the loud design of many products entering the market today, it seems that there has been a lack of balance between the design and the function, whereas the function doesn’t say as much about the performance as the appearance does.
Excerpt: The Thermaltake Frio is a hefty cooler in the dual-fan skyscraper tradition. With both fans attached, it’s a staggering 4.75x5.37x6.5 inches and clocks in at two pounds, 10.6 ounces. It’s not the biggest we’ve ever tested— Noctua’s NH-D14 and Scythe’s Mugen 2 share that dubious distinction—but it’s among the heaviest. Its plastic fan mounts and trim add unnecessary weight, though most of the heft comes from the five meaty heat pipes and stack of heat-dissipating fins.
Pros: Performance/price firmly in midpoint between two excellent coolers; good looks.
Summary: Thermaltake did a great job with the Frio. It reaches the same cooling performance of the most efficient cooler we tested so far, which means it is a true high-end air cooler. As expected on a top-performance cooler, its weak point is its noise level, but you can use the included potentiometers to slow down the fans, reducing noise.
The good point is that Frio is not too expensive. Its price tag is compatible with most similar-designed coolers.
Excerpt: With temperatures on the rise, cooling your components is more essential this time of year. For those of us who overclock, the rise in temperatures from winter to mid-summer can be dramatic. The stock cooler has been long removed from its duties and the never ending quest to combat this rise begins. Beyond overclocking, think of the extremists; those that squeeze their components for every last stable drop of megahertz they can get.
Summary: Thermaltake's Frio overall is an excellent cooler. The price is well within reason even for someone on a tight budget. It includes mounting hardware for use on any modern CPU socket including both AMD and Intel. With its unique new design coupled with five massive 8 mm heatpipes and two high CFM 120 mm fans the Frio performs just as good as it looks.
Pros: Excellent performance, Built in fan control, Unique angled fin design improves cooling, Aggressive look, Back-plates included for both AMD and Intel sockets, Dual fan push/pull design, Five 8 mm copper heat-pipes, Easy to remove fan shrouds make cleaning easy, Durable Nickel plated finish, Thermal grease included, Simple installation, Detailed instruction set in multiple languages
Cons: Multiple mounting brackets for Intel sockets, Must be installed outside the case(with exception of cases with rear access to the CPU socket), Fans are a bit noisy on high
Excerpt: The past few months, Thermaltake has been launching more of the products we saw at CES 2010 . At the event, we saw a demonstration that involved the Frio versus a Zalman CNPS9900A which is a very common, performance cooler still in use by many enthusiasts.
Summary: I was very impressed with the cooling capabilities of the Frio. Coming in right under $60 this is a very affordable solution for anyone who is looking for an overclocking cooler. While the size does offer great heat dissipation capabilities, this is not a cooler for the space conscientious. The red spacers touch the side of a standard mid tower case, and with both fans installed I would not be able to utilize all the dimms on my motherboard.
Summary: After getting the chance to test the Thermaltake Frio CPU cooler I must say I'm overall pretty happy with it. This cooler is a heavy cooler, weighing in at over 1kg, however the performance it provides will make you quickly forget about its weight.
Pros: Great Performance, High Quality Construction, Supports new AMD and Intel 6-Core Processors, Able to handle 220 Watt CPU's, Easy Installation, Reasonable MSRP ($59.99 USD)