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Thermaltake Frio review

Is this twin-fanned CPU chiller a cool customer?

Our Verdict

A solid CPU cooler that does a great job of keeping your chips chilled but we can't help feel it's a bit pricey in comparison to the competition

For

  • Twin fans
  • Good performance
  • Good design

Against

  • Expensive

Marking the return of the big-boy CPU coolers is Thermaltake's monstrous Frio cooler.

Tagged as 'designed for overclocking' you can see why; not only is the heatsink chunky, but there is the option to slot twin fans either side for optimum cooling.

But when you're dropping £50 on an air-cooled CPU chiller you're going to want something special. So how special is the Frio?

Well, as an all-round package it's special indeed. The compatibility list is extensive, covering the gamut from AM2, through LGA 775 Celerons right up to Socket 1366 Core i7 Extreme chips. When you can support CPUs with TDPs going right up to 220W you've got all your bases covered.

It's also a doddle to fit. True, you will have to uproot your mobo (unless you've got a fancy smancy case with access to the back plate) but all it takes is tweaking a few nuts. It also fits remarkably well on a mobo, sitting snugly in the square between chipset heatsinks, RAM slots and the power regulator blocks.

Chilly performance

In performance terms it is mighty impressive, keeping our idling Core i7 860 down around 19°C and when fully loaded it still only gets up to a fairly balmy 49°C.

Another bonus of the twin turbines sitting alongside the heatsink is that each has its own fan speed control. Turn them both up to maximum and you can shave several degrees off that temperature.

But I'll always keep coming back to the price; for that sort of money you're into closed-loop watercooling territory. Setups like Corsair's H50-1 and CoolIT's range of chillers are perfectly positioned for overclocked chips and this turbine is just a little bit too pricey to compete effectively.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeCooling Fan/Heatsink
Number of Fans2
Fan Speed2 x 2500 rpm
Brand NameThermaltake
Connectors3-pin TX3
Air Flow2 x 101.6 CFM
Application/UsageProcessor
Fan Diameter2 x 120 mm
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Heatsink Height165 mm
Heatsink Width98 mm
Heatsink Depth139 mm
Compatibility

Intel Latest 6-Core Processors:

  • Core i7 Extreme (Socket LGA1366)
  • Core i7 (Socket LGA1366 & LGA1156)
  • Core i5 (Socket LGA1156)
  • Core i3 (Socket LGA1156)
  • Core 2 Extreme (Socket LGA775)
  • Core 2 Quad (Socket LGA775)
  • Core 2 Duo (Socket LGA775)
  • Pentium D (Socket LGA775)
  • Pentium 4 (Socket LGA 775)
  • Pentium (Socket LGA775)
  • Celeron D (Socket LGA775)
  • Celeron (Socket LGA775)

AMD Latest 6-Core Processors:

  • Phenom II X6 (Socket AM3/AM2+)
  • Phenom II X4 (Socket AM3/AM2+)
  • Phenom II X3 (Socket AM3/AM2+)
  • Phenom II X2 (Socket AM3/AM2+)
  • Phenom X4 (Socket AM3/AM2+)
  • Phenom X3 (Socket AM3/AM2+)
  • Athlon 64 FX (Socket AM2)
  • Athlon 64 X2 (Socket AM2)
  • Athlon 64 (Socket AM2)
  • Sempron (Socket AM2)
ManufacturerThermaltake Technology Co., Ltd
Product ModelCLP0564
Product NameFrio CLP0564 Cooling Fan/Heatsink
Package TypeRetail
Manufacturer Part NumberCLP0564
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.thermaltake.eu
Package Contents
  • Frio CLP0564 Cooling Fan/Heatsink
  • 1 x Thermal Grease
  • 4 x Screw
  • 4 x Null (M3 x 4mm)
  • 4 x Washer (White)
  • 4 x Vibration-absorbing Soft Mount
  • 2 x LGA1366 Clip (Bag A)
  • 2 x LGA1156 Clip (Bag B)
  • 2 x LGA775 Clip (Bag C)
  • 4 x Washer (Black)
  • 1 x Back Plate
  • 2 x AM3 / AM2+ /AM2 Clip (Bag D)
  • 1 x Back Plate
  • 4 x Bolts
Limited Warranty3 Year
Weight (Approximate)1.04 kg