With the new Frio Extreme Thermaltake has taking the same approach as many of the other top cooler manufacturers have taken. And that has been to use the dual tower approach to add more surface area to help with dissipate of heat. A many overclockers and gamers have love the fact companies have embraced this concept. But before actually implementing such a cooler one most research is the cooler would fit in their PC environment.
Research is definitely the case if you plan on using the Frio Extreme. This cooler measure 6.3” tall and sits 6” wide. Meaning you will have to be careful with case selection which most of the time isn’t a problem but you will have to think about ram selection as this cooler will overlap some of the DIMM slots on some mainboards.
But this isn’t the just of it as the cooler weighs 2.7 pounds or 1230 grams. That is quite about of weight to add to a motherboard. We have seen many coolers in the same weight range and we did feel comfortable with having them in the PC standing vertically.
All of the aluminum fins are made in the same shape but not symmetrical. So flipping every other fin over and mating them together leaves and alternating edging effect at the corners.
Six 6mm heat pipe make their way from the top of one set of fins and down into the base and ending at the opposite tower of fins. The Frio Extreme does not share the HDT feature the Frio Advance does. So no exposed heat pipes at the base of this cooler.
The base of the Extreme is one of the cleanest we have seen in a long time. So clean and shiny that it was difficult to get a good image of it. The shine is not due to the base being manufactured this way but due to the fact a nice layer of Nickel plating is used.
The cooler use two 135mm cooling fans that read as followings: 19 – 39 dBA which is quieter than the Advanced we tested, 1200 to 1800 RPM and a max of 106.2 CFM of air being moved.
The supporting cast including all the accessories to connect it to any motherboard from the AMD 754 forward and Intel 775 and present.