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Thermaltake Frio CPU Cooler Review

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SchizoFrog 14th July 2010, 08:42 Quote
Considering how many people use RAM featuring tall heatsinks in an air cooled system I can't help but think that these latest and greatest heatsinks that interfere with the RAM have a major oversight, and should be scored down accordingly. Surely the scores should reflect just how many people are not going to be able to use this heatsink?
docodine 14th July 2010, 08:44 Quote
Did you take any pics of the Frio installed inside a case, or at least on a test bench or something?

I'm surprised that this didn't make it on this month's Gaming Workhorse, given the $10 difference between it and the Fenrir..
SchizoFrog 14th July 2010, 08:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by docodine
I'm surprised that this didn't make it on this month's Gaming Workhorse, given the $10 difference between it and the Fenrir..
I think that they wanted to show a couple of options rather than just use the same componant on all systems as the FRIO was used in the 'Premium Player' system.
Toka 14th July 2010, 08:48 Quote
Article apperas to be missing any form of introduction / preamble.

Not the best first page Ive ever read on BT.....
bigsharn 14th July 2010, 08:48 Quote
I never thought I'd live to see the words "Thermaltake" and "Great" in the same sentence... In honesty I'm surprised it's even up there with the Fenrir, let alone beating it :p
SchizoFrog 14th July 2010, 08:50 Quote
Just to add to my point... In the 'Premium Player' system you use 6GB of 1,600MHz DDR3 RAM from Corsair with the tall DHX heatsinks... Doesn't this mean that either the RAM or the CPU Cooler wouldn't fit together?
SchizoFrog 14th July 2010, 08:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by bigsharn
I never thought I'd live to see the words "Thermaltake" and "Great" in the same sentence... In honesty I'm surprised it's even up there with the Fenrir, let alone beating it :p

I'd still go for the Fenrir myself... It's just so much better looking than a big hunk of plasitc. Especially as there is only 8* difference between the FRIO with 2 fans on high and the Fenrir with 1 fan on low, while the actual temps are not anywhere near a CPU's overclocking limits.
Phalanx 14th July 2010, 09:13 Quote
So it's a case of "The King is dead. Long live the King!" - Well done Thermaltake!
bsoltan 14th July 2010, 09:21 Quote
The looks of it are a big factor. It is one ugly heatsink! (The Fenrir is no looker either). However if you're not planning to show off the innards of the PC this looks like quite a good choice, the price isn't too bad either considering it comes with fans.

I have a question - In the reviews, there are temps listed for coolers that don't come with a fan. Are these temps taken when using a fan or just using the stock cooler? In particular this is about the Thermalright Ultra 120. Thanks.
[USRF]Obiwan 14th July 2010, 09:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by bigsharn
I never thought I'd live to see the words "Thermaltake" and "Great" in the same sentence... In honesty I'm surprised it's even up there with the Fenrir, let alone beating it :p

that is my thought exactly. IMHO if it is to good to be true, it probably isn't.
rickysio 14th July 2010, 11:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by bsoltan
The looks of it are a big factor. It is one ugly heatsink! (The Fenrir is no looker either). However if you're not planning to show off the innards of the PC this looks like quite a good choice, the price isn't too bad either considering it comes with fans.

I have a question - In the reviews, there are temps listed for coolers that don't come with a fan. Are these temps taken when using a fan or just using the stock cooler? In particular this is about the Thermalright Ultra 120. Thanks.

Those use a Sharkoon fan, AFAIK.
Fingers66 14th July 2010, 13:19 Quote
I mentioned it in an early thread but I'll reiterate: having to get into the case to adjust the fan speeds is a pain, I'm not sure I can agree with the overall conclusion here b-t.

However, can the fans be replaced with standard PWM fans? How much of the excellent cooling is down to the fans and how much is down to the heatsink design?

If it is the heatsink then one or two Akasa Apache PWM fans may be a runner here as long as you don't have tall RAM.
SchizoFrog 14th July 2010, 13:34 Quote
@ Fingers66... That is actually a good point you raise there.
If the performance is not hurt too much then maybe replacing the fans with a single fan on the rear would give good performance along with freeing up space for RAM with good heatsinks. However, this would raise the overall cost even further and render the fans that are bundled useless.
trig 14th July 2010, 13:50 Quote
as usual, thermaltake does a half-a$$ job on what could have been a stellar product. but at least they fudged minor details and got the main piece pretty solid. nice job. i would buy, but i have ripjaws, so dont think it would fit.
Gradius 14th July 2010, 15:56 Quote
Superficial review, it doesn't shows anything about the noise at which temps.
Kovoet 14th July 2010, 17:00 Quote
Please CPC can we see pics with it installed in case. I had to take my Titan Ferir out because it went right across two of my memory lanes on the ASUS rampage gene ii.
FeRaL 14th July 2010, 17:45 Quote
Can it be mounted East to West?
SchizoFrog 14th July 2010, 18:16 Quote
Nice to see Bit-Tech are so quick to respond to questions...
sleepygamer 14th July 2010, 18:29 Quote
:P It's not like they have all day to spend on the forums. I've seen their busy days!

There's meetings and testing and eating of food!

It's madness, say I!
thehippoz 14th July 2010, 20:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by Fingers66
I mentioned it in an early thread but I'll reiterate: having to get into the case to adjust the fan speeds is a pain, I'm not sure I can agree with the overall conclusion here b-t.

However, can the fans be replaced with standard PWM fans? How much of the excellent cooling is down to the fans and how much is down to the heatsink design?

If it is the heatsink then one or two Akasa Apache PWM fans may be a runner here as long as you don't have tall RAM.

most people buying (I would think) probably installed a fan controller.. set it full out and hook it up to that

pretty nice they have the pot to adjust instead of a speed switch
sleepygamer 14th July 2010, 21:18 Quote
I may actually grab one of these when I get back from the US, and stick it in my rig along with a GTX 460, OC the CPU and give it a bit more life in games. The Freezer 7 Pro is pretty decent, but I'd like something a bit more hardy.
Blackmoon181 14th July 2010, 21:44 Quote
i actually quite like the overall aesthetics, It should go well with the red look i have planned for my antec 1200.

could always go for the fenir xmas edition, or even better... mod my original freezer pro 7!
Krayzie_B.o.n.e. 15th July 2010, 00:46 Quote
Hey this was not the usual quality of info I expect from Bit-Tech. Where was the descriptive intro and all the pictures showing us how the Frio would look inside a PC?

Also I know you guys love the Frenrir but where the heck was the Noctua NH-D14 in this ultra cool round up?

The Thermaltake Frio looks like a winner but....... We need to PLEASE see some some performance results of a Core i7 9?? overclocked to 4.0 ghz as this is what breaks out the wallet (and breaks the piggy bank).
dire_wolf 15th July 2010, 10:03 Quote
No wai! Thermaltake actually made something half decent . . .
Jamerio 15th July 2010, 16:54 Quote
I'd still go for the Fenrir myself... It's just so much better looking than a big hunk of plasitc.

Stupidest comment I read in a while.
Honestly, people like you put looks of a heatsink above its performance are just incredibly sad people.
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