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Thermaltake Frio Universal Heatsink Review

Author: Steve Grever
Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Specifications and Packaging

Thermaltake Frio specifications (taken from Thermaltake's website)


Intel® Latest 6-Core Processors

Intel® Core i7 Extreme (Socket LGA1366)

Intel® Core i7 (Socket LGA1366 & LGA1156)

Intel® Core i5 / i3 (Socket LGA1156)

Intel® Core 2 Extreme / Quad / Duo (Socket LGA775)

Intel® Pentium D / 4 (Socket LGA775)

Intel® Pentium (Socket LGA775)

Intel® Celeron D (Socket LGA775)

Intel® Celeron (Socket LGA775)

AMD® Latest 6-Core Processors

AMD® Phenom II X6 / X4 / X3 / X2 (Socket AM3/AM2+)

AMD® Phenom X4 / X3 (Socket AM3/AM2+)

AMD® Athlon II X4 / X3 / X2 (Socket AM3)

AMD® Athlon 64 FX / X2 (Socket AM2)

AMD® Athlon 64 (Socket AM2)

AMD® Sempron (Socket AM2)

*Supports All CPUs up to 220W TDP

Heatsink Dimensions       

139(L) x 98(W) x 165(H) mm

Heatsink Material

- Aluminum Fins

- Aluminum and Copper Base

- Heatpipe 8mm x 5

Fan Dimensions       

120(L) x 120(H) x 25(W) mm

Fan Speed       

1,200 ~ 2,500 RPM

Fan Noise Level       

20 ~ 43 dBA

Max. Air Flow       

101.6 CFM

Max. Air Pressure       

4.2 mmH2O

Power Connector       

3 Pin

Rated Voltage       

12 V

Started Voltage       

6 V

Rated Current       

0.5 A

Power Input       

6 W


50,000 Hrs @ 40℃


1,042 g

Retail packaging


The Frio is elegantly packaged in a sturdy retail box with Thermaltake's branding and small badges indicating the inclusion of dual fans, eight heatpipes and universal CPU support. It also touts support 220w TDP processors.


The back panel goes over the rest of the Frio's available features, including the decorative black and red fan covers, copper heatpipes and base, and multi-speed fan controllers that can push each fan between 1,200 and 2,500 RPMs.


Opening the top panel reveals Thermaltake's warranty policy for the Frio, which happens to be two years from the date of purchase. The heatsink's second fan and a box of installation brackets can also be seen secured in foam in this photo.


The foam is molded around every part of the Frio to ensure nothing was damaged or scratched during shipping. The multiple layers of foam allows for the package to be bumped around on its way to the U.S. without anything happening to the product itself. I prefer this type of foam packaging instead of vacuum sealing because it gives the product more cushion and ensures it doesn't get damaged by accidental mishaps.


One of the biggest selling points for the Frio is its ability to support every modern CPU type from AMD and Intel. These types include Intel's LGA 1366, LGA 1156, LGA 775 and AMD's AM2, AM2+, and AM3 processors.


Lastly, Thermaltake included a detailed installation guide and product warranty pamphlet to give users everything they need to install the Frio and how the company's warranty policy works for RMAs.


August 14, 2011 | 04:02 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The heatsink is mounted the wrong way. You are pushing air into the case, not exhausting it out the back.

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