Thermaltake Frio Advanced & Extreme Coolers
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 09-28-2012
Provided by: Thermaltake

The Frio Advanced cooler appears more like previous Frio versions utilizing a single bank of tower fins and dual fans in a push-pull configuration on either side. The cooler comes assembled and ready to install on any modern Intel or AMD socket type, for which all mounting hardware is provided. They've even thrown in a small tube of thermal compound.

The fans used are 130mm units that flow less air than either the Frio or Frio OCK, but also operate at a quieter noise level. The 4pin PWM connections allow these to be controlled via standard motherboard presets, as long as you've got two 4pin headers of course. Some older motherboards may offer only a single PWM header, and some none at all. Perhaps Thermaltake could have provided a Y adapter for this.

The Frio Advanced utilizes five copper heatpipes in a U-shaped layout, extending upward through either side of fins. Rather than a soldered base like previous versions, the Advanced uses direct-touch, where the actual surface of the heatpipes come in contact with the CPU. As you can see the machined surface of the base offers very little in the way of reflective properties, however it does appear to be uniformly smooth with no discernible crevices between pipes and top plate.

Next let's have a look at the Frio Extreme.

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