Thermaltake Frio CPU cooler
Posted by: Dan on: 17.04.2010 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
On full speed the Thermaltake Frio puts up a good fight against the Noctua NH-D14, and manages to beat it during the stock speed tests, but when the heat was turned up at 3.6Ghz it wasn’t quite able to reach the temps the Noctua was putting out, being on average 2-3oC behind in the overclocked tests.
In order for the Frio to reach that performance level, it does make use of two very loud 100CFM fans. I couldn’t cope with running the cooler at that kind of noise level for every day use, but it’s for this very reason Thermaltake included built in fan controllers, so you can find the noise/performance compromise level you are comfortable with.
When both fans are at their lowest speed, the noise starts to become comparable to the Noctua on full speed, and I’d be happy to use it for prolonged periods at that level. To top the quietness off, you only add an extra 2-3oC onto your temperatures compared to full speed, which makes it a no-brainer to run this cooler in ‘quiet mode’.
I couldn’t find much in the way of a UK RRP, but when Thermaltake were talking about introducing this cooler last year, they were aiming to release it at $60, so we should see it in the UK for hopefully under the £50 mark.
Overall, I’m pleased with the performance of the Thermaltake Frio cooler and if it’s priced right, it should be a decent contender in both price and performance against popular coolers like the TRUE120x and Noctua NH-U12P.
- Quiet on slow speed, with good performance
- Built in fan controllers
- Looks good
- Loud on full speed
- Installation requires removal of motherboard
Reality check: Thermaltake have decided to try and take on the big guns of CPU coolers, and comes away having put up a good fight. On full speed the cooler is pretty noisy, but built in fan controllers make it easy to quieten down.
Reviewed by Dan
Thanks to Thermaltake for supplying the cooler for review