Thermaltake Frio CPU Cooler
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 04-09-2010
Provided by: Thermaltake
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Introduction

Last month Intel released its new six core desktop processor, the Gulftown Core i7-980x Extreme Edition, and is scheduled to launch an eight core later this month. AMD also has a late April date lined up for its six core Thuban chip. Both have plans for upcoming twelve core processors as well. As you can imagine, adding more and more cores into one package will generate increasing amounts of heat, and causes the overall size of the die to enlarge, spreading that heat over a larger surface area. To combat this, cooler manufacturers must take into account that larger thermal dispersion when designing their heatsinks.


The cooler we have for review today, the Thermaltake Frio, has been designed to handle up to 220w of thermal design power and is fully compatible with six core processors. With five large 8mm heatpipes set into a wide copper base, and supporting all of the major socket types, both Intel 775/1156/1366 and AMD AM2/+/3, the Frio is ready for maximum performance. A tower style cooler with dual 120mm fans set up in a push/pull configuration, mounted to 48 0.5mm thick aluminum fins and a bolt-through socket mounting show that the Frio means business. At over 1,000 grams, this is certainly no light-weight contender.

Join me as I take a closer look at the Thermaltake Frio.


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