Thermaltake Frio Review
Published: 18th May 2010 | Source: Thermaltake | Price: £38.18 |
It's great to see Thermaltake finally moving away from using gimmicks to try and sell coolers, and moving into the realms of less is more. There's no wacky designs and no fans with 40 different colour LED's. The mount is so simple I think even my little sister could easily decipher the instruction in no time and have it fitted in a matter of minutes. This is a far cry from many instruction manuals that have clearly been written by someone who has done it a million times. Whenever you invest in new hardware it's comforting to see a manufacturer wanting you to get the most out of it, and Thermaltake have done that here.
The pair of supplied fans do move a crazy amount of air, sadly this comes at the normal CFM/db trade-off in that they are far from quiet at full speed. The cooler does have a quality feel to it and the 8mm heat pipes would have you believe that it would perform very well but, as our testing has shown, the cooler just is not efficient enough to cope with the high overclocks and heat associated with what many enthusiasts would require as a necessity.
If the clocks you are aiming for a not as high as the ones with tested with then the Frio may be the cooler for you. For £45 you get a cooler with beefy looks and also a pair of fans in the box for that extra inch of e-peen.
The cooler is sadly not as good as expected, but also far from as bad as it could have been. Not quite a high level heatsink, but a perfectly capable mid-range offering.
- Comes with both fans for push pull configuration
- Very easy mounting
- Supports all major sockets
- Does not cool as well as you would hope for £45
- Fans are very loud at 12v
- Needs max fans to cool a 4ghz overclock
- Better performing coolers available for less