Thermaltake Frio OCK CPU Cooler - Testing

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Thermaltake Frio OCK CPU Cooler
Specifications
Installation
Testing
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

 

Testing:

Test Setup:

For Intel (LGA1336) testing we will be using the Intel Core i7 920 CPU, which produces 130 Watts of heat. Most current CPU's produce considerably less heat than the Intel i7 920 but this should give you a very good idea what to expect performance-wise when compared to other coolers that we've reviewed.
 

For both AMD and Intel testing, we have taken all temperatures using CoreTemp v.0.99.4. CoreTemp takes a temperature from the CPU core, and allows for much more uniform results across different motherboard and CPU platforms. These temperatures may seem higher than other temperature recordings; because chances are they are taking temperature recordings using the diode underneath the CPU, which isn't able to be as accurate, and can really fluctuate between different brands of motherboards.
 

For all tests we are using the Highspeed PC Top Deck Tech Station , and we are using no additional cooling in our testing. All temperatures are recorded in a controlled environment that is set to 23 degrees Celsius (73.4 Fahrenheit) to provide fair results between coolers.

For all tests we use Arctic Cooling MX-2 High-Performance Thermal Compound (Paste), We use the same thermal paste in all our testing so that we can keep our results consistent. If a cooler is shipped with thermal paste pre-applied, it will be removed and we will re-apply it with Arctic Cooling MX-2 to provide fair results.

Intel Test System:


For our testing of the Frio we test this cooler with both fans plugged in. We will also test this cooler with the fans running on high (2100 RPM) as well as at their lowest speed (1200 RPM).

For the first test we will turn the fans down to low (1200 RPM) and see what happens.

 

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Obviously running the fans at the lowest settings isn't going to set any performance records, however the results of this test weren't terrible and more than acceptable and still a huge improvement over stock cooling. In the next chart we will turns the fans up to high and see how much cooler we can get this CPU.

 

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Ok, so as expected once we turned the fans up to full the performance increased. Overall the performance is very good and improves on the original Frio's good numbers.

 

As we can see, at 100% CPU usage we saw the Frio OCK able to get the CPU to 51.25 degrees. The original Frio was recorded at 51.5 which is very similar to the original, however, the Frio OCK's fans rung at 2100 RPM while the original Frio was running at 2400 RPM. This is a pretty good improvement as the fans on the Frio OCK are quite a bit quieter than the original Frio thanks to the reduction in RPM's.
 

Running the fans at full speed (2100 RPM) also reduced the temperature 4 degrees over when they were running at low speeds (1200 RPM). This isn't a huge reduction and chances are good for everyday usage you'd be happy running the fans at low in order to keep things quiet. The nice thing with a cooler like this is that if you ever choose to overclock you most definitely have a cooler that can support it.

Let's see how the Frio OCK compared to all of the other coolers we've reviewed.

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As you can see in the chart above the Frio OCK performed very well compared to all of the other coolers. It didn't set the record but it was able to get within a couple degrees of the best performing air coolers that we've tested and it even beat a couple water coolers.

Overall for the price I'd say the Frio OCK is a good deal performance-wise when compared to the other coolers we've reviewed.

In the next section we'll go over our final thoughts and give the Frio OCK a final score.