Thermaltake Frio CPU Cooler - 2 Fan Testing - Continued

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

 

After installing the 2nd fan on the Frio we saw temperatures drop by another few degrees. The performance of the Frio with both fans running on full is pretty impressive for air cooling, however running at the slowest speeds the performance is still pretty good and I'd assume more than adequate for the majority of people buying this cooler. When running at full speeds the fans are pretty noisy, but at slow speeds it would be pretty hard to hear them over other system noise, so you've got some room to play around and find a happy medium between performance and noise.

 

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Let's see how the Frio stacks up against some of the other coolers we've tested here at BCCHardware.

 

 

 

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We've put the Frio up against some pretty tough competition, and the results are pretty good for the Frio. As far as air-cooling goes the Frio comes in 2nd in our chart and was even able to beat the CoolIT ECO A.L.C. Watercooling CPU Cooler. That kind of performance is pretty impressive when you consider that this cooler is almost $20 bucks cheaper than the cooler that beat it (Noctua NH-D14).

Overall I'm pretty happy with the Frio's performance and when you compare it to stock cooling you've going to get close to a 20 degree performance increase under full load.

Running the Frio at full speed is probably not recommended due to the amount of noise it produces, however the performance at low speeds is more than adequate for more users(and still able to outperform some of the other coolers).