Thermaltake Frio CPU Cooler - Installation and Testing

Article Index
Thermaltake Frio CPU Cooler
Specifications
Installation and Testing
2 Fan Testing - Continued
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

 

Thermaltake Frio CPU Cooler Testing and Installation

Installation of the Frio was pretty easy and if you follow the instructions shouldn't take more than about 10 minutes from start to finish. For LGA1366 installations you will need to remove the motherboard to install the back bracket, but other than that everything is straight-forward and pretty simple. As you can see in the pictures below the Frio is a large cooler, however, due to the design shouldn't interfere with any of the components located near to the CPU socket. Biggest thing to note is the height of this cooler and you might want to double check if you have a smaller case to ensure it fits properly.

 

 

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Thermaltake Frio - Side View
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Thermaltake Frio - Top View

 

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Thermaltake Frio - Side View
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Thermaltake Frio - Side View

 

 

There we go, the Frio is ready to go, let's see what it's capable of in the next section.

 

 

Testing:

Test Setup:

For Intel (LGA1336) testing we will be using the Intel Core i7 920 CPU, which produces 130 Watts of heat. This could be considered a mid-range processor, and while most Dual-Core processors produce ~50-80 Watts of heat, this should give you a pretty accurate estimate of what type of temperatures a cooler will provide you with.

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 1 fan installed, and then again with 2 fans installed. We will also test this cooler with the fans running on high (2500 RPM) as well as at their lowest speed (1200 RPM).

 

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With one fan installed on the Frio the performance was actually very good. We will assume that adding a 2nd fan will probably drop temperatures a few degrees; however for most users 1 fan would be more than enough. What I would assume most users will do is run 2 fans at a lower speed than a single fan at higher speeds in order to help reduce noise a bit. When running at full speed 1 fan can produce a fair bit of noise and most people would probably not want to leave this fan on high but it is nice to have the ability to crank it up if you're trying to pull off a big overclock.