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Thermaltake Frio OCK Universal CPU Cooler Review

Author: Steve Grever
Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Final Thoughts, Pricing, Conclusion

Final Thoughts

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While the FrioOCK gave me great cooling for overclocking, I was really disappointed with the system memory clearance issues we ran into during installation. Normal RAM will have no problems, but we did notice that we couldn't use the first or second DIMMs when we tried to use system memory with taller heatsinks. 

 

Pricing

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As of Oct. 23, the Thermaltake FrioOCK heatsink was available at Newegg.com for $65.99 with free shipping. Consumers can also purchase it at Amazon.com for $65.99 and Buy.com for $66.95.

 

Conclusion

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I'd like to thank our friends at Thermaltake for providing the FrioOCK for our review today. Thermaltake has refined and perfected what a truly exceptional heatsink should be when they created the FrioOCK. The massive size of the heatsink, combined with two 130mm fans in a push-pull configuration, helped us attain our highest overclock on an LGA 1155 processor we've every produced. While there were some clearance issues with taller memory modules, the fact that the FrioOCK is affordable, durable, and a monster performer makes this CPU cooler a sweet find for any PC enthusiast or overclocker.

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Strengths

  • Dual 130mm fans in push-pull configuration
  • Very affordable
  • Large dual-tower aluminum fin array
  • Universal design supports modern Intel, AMD processors

 

Weaknesses

  • Clearance issues with taller memory modules
  • Extremely loud fans when running at 2,100 RPMs
December 3, 2011 | 07:27 PM - Posted by pdjblum

It is neither inexpensive nor reasonably quiet at higher fan speeds. It prevents the use of at least the first memory slot if used with any memory module with a heatsink, which is basically all the modules an enthusiast would choose from. And it was tested against a limited number of heatsinks; not the ones most enthusiasts are using these days, such as the noctua or a similarly priced all in one water cooler. I am outraged that it was given a gold award. I love this site for its objective and thorough and fair reviews, but this one stinks of anything but.

December 3, 2011 | 10:15 PM - Posted by tigerbalm

I just installed a Corsair A70, and it was pretty easy. It seemed a lot easier than the Cooler Master 212 (A Youtube video showed 2 people installing it). Anyway, Using Kingston Hyperx memory (fairly short profile), I was able to put in the 1st dimm slut and 3rd. I could even take it out (a little difficult after the mobo is in however). I spent $25 after rebate, and have no complaints so far. I just won't spent $50 on a cooler let alone $40...

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