Thermaltake Frio CPU Cooler Review


The following system was used in testing:
Case: NZXT Tempest EVO
Motherboard: XFX 680i LT SLI
CPU: Q6600 @ 2.4 GHz
Memory: 2x2GB OCZ SLI Ready DDR2 800 MHz
CPU cooling:

Video Card: XFX 9800 GTX+ Black Edition

Tests were conducted under idle and load states. The computer was left to sit after 30 minutes after being turned on to check the idle temperature. The load temperature was found by running the latest version of Prime95 which supports multi-core CPUs by default. Temperatures were obtained through SpeedFan.

CPU Cooler Idle (°C) Load (°C)
Thermaltake SpinQ VT – High 27C 38C
Thermaltake Frio – 2 Fans – High 28C 39C
Thermaltake Frio – 1 Fan – High 29C 38C
Xtreme Gear HP-1216B – High 30C 41C
Thermaltake Frio – 2 Fans – Low 31C 42C
Thermaltake SpinQ VT – Low 31C 43C
Thermaltake Frio – 1 Fan – Low 32C 43C
Xtreme Gear HP-1216B – Low 32C 44C
Titan Fenrir TTC-NK85TZ 37C 47C
Thermaltake TMG IA1 – High 36C 48C
Cooler master V8 – High 38C 50C
Cooler Master V10 39C 51C
Thermaltake ISGC-300 – High 39C 51C
Thermaltake TMG IA1 – Low 39C 52C
Cooler Master V8 – Low 41C 52C
Thermaltake MaxOrb EX – High 43C 53C
Thermaltake SpinQ – High 43C 57C
Noctua NH-C12P 41C 54C
Thermaltake ISGC-300 – Low 41C 54C
Cooler Master Hyper TX3 42C 54C
Cooler Master Hyper 212 44C 54C
Zalman CNPS9300 AT 41C 55C
Thermaltake ISGC-400 – High 42C 55C
GlacialTech Igloo 5610 Plus 43C 55C
Thermaltake MaxOrb EX – Low 45C 55C
Thermaltake ISGC-200 42C 57C
Thermaltake BigTyp 14 Pro – High 42C 58C
Vantec AeroFlow FX 120 43C 58C
Thermaltake ISGC-400 – Low 44C 58C
Thermaltake SpinQ – Low 45C 58C
Titan Cool Idol – High 44C 59C
Cooler Master GeminII S 45C 59C
Vantec AeroFlow FX 92 46C 60C
Thermaltake BigTyp 14 Pro – Low 42C 61C
AeroCool DCC-C900 45C 61C
Cooler Master Sphere 46C 61C
Xilence Xilent Blade Pro 47C 61C
Titan Cool Idol – Low 45C 62C
SilenX iXtrema – 2x Fans 44C 64C
Cooler Master Vortex Plus 42C 65C
Thermaltake ISGC-100 50C 65C
SilenX iXtrema – High 44C 66C
Thermaltake DuOrb 47C 67C
SilenX iXtrema – Low 45C 69C

The Frio performed very well in all of the tests. With one fan on low speeds it reached an idle temperature of 32C and load of 43C, on high speeds it reached a low of 29C in idle and 38C under load conditions. With two fans on low speeds it reached a low of 31C and load temperature of 42C, on high speeds it reached a low of 28C in idle and 39C under load.

The question is, is the second fan really necessary? Perhaps under overclocked conditions the cooler could have a wider difference between one to two fans. I don’t think under normal conditions would the second fan be necessary.

Even though you have the option to adjust the fan speeds, I really wouldn’t recommend turning the fans up too high because it gets extremely loud! One fan was pretty loud and adding the second made it sound like a large air conditioner. I don’t even know if sound dampening would help how loud the two fans on high speeds would be.