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

In contrast to the Frio Advanced, the Extreme cooler requires a little more assembly and appears perhaps a little less refined. There's no fancy colored logo and no cosmetically-appealing fan shrouds. The Extreme's two fans must be attached via bare wire clips to an otherwise spartan looking set of tower fins. I am reminded of such utilitarian designs as Noctua's D14.

Leaving the fans off will no doubt be a requirement during installation, as the Frio Extreme is one huge cooler. Another advantage is the flexibility of fan configuration. Although typically displayed in a push-push orientation, Thermaltake has optional holes for a possible pull-pull or push-pull layout as well. Alternately the user could elect to forgo one fan and run with just a single, or quite possibly none at all, depending on heat dissipation requirements and environmental considerations.

The Frio Extreme utilizes six heatpipes in a traditional soldered base that has been finished with a mirror-like shine. It also includes a fan module and cable to optionally control both fans using PWM or VR method, whichever is preferred.

Let's install the Frio Advanced and Extreme and see how they perform.

  Sponsors Links

  Sponsors Links