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
Conclusion: Please remember that these test results reflect our experience with each cooler on a specific motherboard, with a specific processor, BIOS revision, and test programs. That said, the ranking produced by these tests is accurate and gives a good idea how the coolers will perform relative to one another on any given system.
Pros: Very easy to install., Comes with comprehensive mounting hardware and two fans., Compact size for a high-performance cooler., Handsome appearance shows well in windowed cases., Excellent performance with stock fans.
Cons: Fiddly fan controllers require reaching inside the case, fans cannot be controlled with separate fan controller.
Overall the Thermaltake Frio is a decent CPU cooler. It provides great cooling options with just a single fan on low speeds. Unfortunately the fans included with the Frio are extremely loud on high speeds. If you don’t mind the noise, then high fan speeds would give you slightly better cooling temperatures, but I really wouldn’t recommend it.
Conclusion: The Thermaltake Frio CPU Cooler is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a new cooler, especially if you’re overclocking your CPU. The Frio can handle the extra heat with ease while overclocking your CPU. The fan mounts are nice, they do make installing the fans much easier than using clips or rubber fasteners like some coolers do. Having this style fan mounts though does make the cooler a bit wider, so those with limited room in their case might take issue here.
Excerpt: Introdução Uma das peças fundamentais para quem quer entrar no mundo do overclock é ter um bom dissipador para o processador. Actualmente existem inúmeras propostas, umas melhores, outras piores, mais caras, mais baratas. Hoje temos em teste um dos mais recentes dissipadores da marca Thermaltake, o Frio. Este é um dissipador a ar que faz uso da tecnologia de heatpipes para alcançar a eficiência máxima.