Intel Core i5-2500k 3.3 ghz
MSI P67A-GD65 Socket 1155
G.Skill 4gb (2x2gb) DDR3 1600
Sentey Arvina GS-6400
XFX Radeon HD 5770 1gb
OCZ Solid 2 Solid State Drive 60gb
1.0T (x2) SATA 3.5" drive
Asus Wireless nic
The Thermaltake Frio OCK is compatible with a variety of socket types. In this case we are installing on an Intel 1155 socket. The 1155 socket is backward compatible with socket 1156.
The installation went quite smoothly, more so than I anticipated due to the size of the fan covering. The Sentey Arvina features a large mainboard cutout, so it was easy to install the retention plate and pass the screws through. I have had issues before of cutouts not lining up well with AMD retention systems, so this is something to be aware of. The worst case scenario is that you have to remove your mainboard in order to install the cooler.
Once the backplate is installed, the cooler screws down quite easily. Note, for uniform comparison I used Article Silver 5 thermal compound as opposed to using the provided thermal compound. Also, since the cooler is perfectly square, it can work in either a rear exhaust or top-vent configuration.
Typically with this case I actually have coolers vent out of the top, but following the instructions I ended up mounting the cooler in a rear-exhaust setup. I usually see an extra 1-2 degree Celsius drop in temperature with a top-vent in this specific case, though it really depends on the cooler. I may test that more in the future, but it is more having to do with the thermal properties of the case than this specific cooler.
The Frio OCK looks sharp in the Sentey Arvina GS-6400. The red and black match well and despite the large size, it fits without difficulty. Though on the MSI board, the top PCI-e 1x slot comes very close to the cooler. The wireless NIC I had in the slot though wasn't an issue. In my setup, the G.Skill memory that I am using has low profile heatspreaders. The edge of the Frio OCK was extremely close, so memory such as the OCZ Flex PC3-17000 that we recently reviewed will present a clearance issue.
Now that we have the Frio OCK, follow along as we see how it performs.