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

The Frio arrived in the box you see above. The heatsink was packed carefully in soft foam. Included are the specifications manual and installation guide, slotted adjustable Intel backing plate and three different mounting brackets for 775/1156/1366, AMD backing plate and bracket for AM2/+/3, assorted mounting hardware, a tube of thermal paste and the 120mm rear fan which ships detached from the cooler.

Both fans feature VR or voltage reduction through use of an adjustable potentiometer or "pot" which allows fan speed adjustment from 1200 to 2500rpm. This equates to over 100 CFM at maximum rotation and anywhere from 20 to 43 dB of noise per fan. The pots are also detachable, resulting in the fans spinning at full speed all the time, and as they use 3-pin headers for power, they can't be controlled via PWM or pulse width modulation however this can be accomplished via software.

There are plastic fan mounting frames on both front and back sides of the cooler, with a top plate engraved with the Tt logo. The fan is attached with four rubber vibration-dampening post mounts, and four more are included to use for the second fan. The wings on either side of the base have screw holes to mount one of the four available socket type brackets.

Unlike many tower style coolers made these days, the Frio does not use direct contact heatpipes, but instead incorporates a traditional copper base. The surface is machined smooth but not polished so that reflections are somewhat blurry and not well defined. Five oversize 8mm U-shaped copper heatpipes extend from both sides of the base and curve up through the fins.

Next let's get the Frio installed and perform some testing.

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