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Thermaltake Frio

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Its been over a year since Thermaltake came out with their last CPU cooler offering. The Frio is their first dual fan cooler targeted at cooling high performance multi-core processors with high heat output. The Frio incorporates some very promising new features, will they offer any significant benefit?

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Thanks Fits, a good review and a good looking cooler.

Just a thing I noticed: in the system specs of the review it says 4.2GHz "OC", but in the graphs its 4.032GHz.

Would be nice to see how it performs on your killer rig.
 
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It does not have unique fin anything.

This is a True 120 EX that has been out for ages.



TT are such cheapy bastards.


Also ". The Frio's base provides a nice even spread which is exactly what we wanted to see.

Finished look"

That is not an even spread of TIM dude, it should be as close to the edges of the IHS as possible.
 

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In the introduction it is said that the pipes are 8mm, but in the value and conclusion it is said that they are 6mm?:wtf:
 
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That is not an even spread of TIM dude, it should be as close to the edges of the IHS as possible.
Not really. The cores don't go out to the edge of the ihs, and the cores are what you're cooling.
 

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The base of the cooler is MUCH larger than most CPU's IHS's. if the TIM was spread to the outter edge of the cooler base it would be hanging out over the socket clasp/motherboard.
 
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^^^^ In THIS PIC you can see the creases on the fin design to make the turbulence which set it way apart from a TRUE
The bent fin design cause more static pressure, for better cooling

And you cant call something cheap, if it outperformed the TRUE :shadedshu

Good review Fit'

YOU BEAST Q29831203UQ0WFHZDGBA !

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Not really. The cores don't go out to the edge of the ihs, and the cores are what you're cooling.
The reason TIM is there is to fill tiny holes so to metal surfaces have as much contact area as possible.

When TIM doesn't go all the way to the edge your actually introducing a "hole" around the TIM.

The IHS is designed to do as is name implies, spread the heat to take up that the area of the spreader. So to not utilise what it is designed for is illogical.

Especially when using coolers like this where you want the heat to be going through as many heat-pipes efficiently as possible. (I.E edge to edge heat absorption)

Whilst it's not going to make a huge difference calling it "good" is a load of rubbish.

Good = Edge to edge even distribution of TIM that is as thin as possible.

Having some difficulty explaining what I mean in words.

But to summarise, a perfect interface between a heatsink and a heat-spreader would be entirely flat. Blob of crap in the middle is not flat.
 

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The reason TIM is there is to fill tiny holes so to metal surfaces have as much contact area as possible.

When TIM doesn't go all the way to the edge your actually introducing a "hole" around the TIM.

The IHS is designed to do as is name implies, spread the heat to take up that the area of the spreader. So to not utilise what it is designed for is illogical.

Especially when using coolers like this where you want the heat to be going through as many heat-pipes efficiently as possible. (I.E edge to edge heat absorption)

Whilst it's not going to make a huge difference calling it "good" is a load of rubbish.

Good = Edge to edge even distribution of TIM that is as thin as possible.

Having some difficulty explaining what I mean in words.

But to summarise, a perfect interface between a heatsink and a heat-spreader would be entirely flat. Blob of crap in the middle is not flat.
You seem to be ruling out the TIM itself. Different types of TIM require different pressure to evenly distribute. The quantity and consistency of TIM makes a difference. Perhaps the consistency of the TIM used in this review would warrant a bit more of it to be used when applied in this manner.

I personally like spreading my time across the IHS in an even thin layer but even so, the end result is very minimal and doing so in a review wouldn't be beneficial to showing how much pressure the heatsink makes when mounted.

Was it mentioned what kind of TIM was used?
 
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My only jibe was it being called "good"
When it was "meh" at best XD

(I'm fussy)
 
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I want a Frio now, maybe TT is finally stepping it up a notch.
 

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Product Improvement, Make the pipes longer so the cooler is taller.
 
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Great review. THKS. I think I will get one to relpace my old muggen II.
 

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Product Improvement, Make the pipes longer so the cooler is taller.
cant do that if you want it to fit inside a pc case,it already touches the door on my utgard
 

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either that needs to happen or the ram slots need to be placed further away from the CPU.
 

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get thinner fans scythe makes some good ones
 

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get thinner fans scythe makes some good ones
thinner fans = lower static pressure.

static pressure is what pushes the air through the cooler.

low static pressure means less air penetrates the cooler

ideally, 38mm fans would be best for performance as they have the highest cfm + static pressure
 
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I saw comparison with H50 but didn't found any review on it?
 

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Is this the same news posting BTA made awhile back with a lot of folks dissing the Frio? HA HA, looks like it performed better than most of us expected, even outdoing my Mugen 2 which I love!