Thermaltake Frio Review 29

Thermaltake Frio Review

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Value and Conclusion

  • The Thermaltake Frio sells for 60 US Dollars.
  • 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
  • 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
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. As with past offerings from Thermaltake, both fans have separate speed adjustment knobs for fine tuning a balance between performance and noise levels to cater to any user's liking.
Although the Frio comes with mounting hardware for all modern AMD and Intel CPU sockets, there are a set a brackets for each different Intel socket. While this is not really a complaint, it would be nice to see a single universal bracket instead of three individuals to make ease in case you want to switch the cooler to a different motherboard at any time. Fan noise at 100% is a bit more than some users would like to hear but luckily Thermaltake has included their variable fan control knobs on both fans to allow complete control.
In the end, Thermaltakes Frio has surpassed my expectations. It performs on par with similar coolers from other manufacturers and beats many of them in my testing. If you are looking for an excellent performing cooler with looks to match, Frio is one to consider.
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