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Thermaltake FrioOCK CPU Cooler

Thermaltake FrioOCKThe new cooler is called the FrioOCK. The new FrioOCK is not considered to be the big brother of the Frio is a separate identity as well as the FrioOCK. The OCK or overclock king is quite a bit larger has six 6mm diameter heat pipes and uses two very large 130mm in a push-pull configuration to cool any beast of a CPU. And we cannot forget it weighs 1093 grams.

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Thermaltake FrioOCK

Thermaltake FrioOCKThe new cooler is called the FrioOCK. The new FrioOCK is not considered to be the big brother of the Frio is a separate identity as well as the FrioOCK. The OCK or overclock king is quite a bit larger has six 6mm diameter heat pipes and uses two very large 130mm in a push-pull configuration to cool any beast of a CPU. And we cannot forget it weighs 1093 grams.

Introduction to the Thermaltake FrioOCK CPU Cooler

Some time ago we took a look at a very promising cooler from Thermaltake, that cooler was the Frio. The Frio offered great performance no matter what CPU socket you were dealing with. Frio was just one of the great cooler Thermaltake offers its believers. If you are a follower of Thermaltake they never really rest when it comes to releasing new items to the public. And today we will be bring yet another cooler from Thermaltake that has gotten some real buzz around the web lately.

The new cooler is called the FrioOCK. The new FrioOCK is not considered to be the big brother of the Frio is a separate identity as well as the FrioOCK. The OCK or overclock king is quite a bit larger has six 6mm diameter heat pipes and uses two very large 130mm in a push-pull configuration to cool any beast of a CPU. And we cannot forget it weighs 1093 grams.

Specifications

Heatsink Dimension

143(L) x 136.8(W) x 158.4(H) mm
(with 2 Fans)

Heatsink Material

Aluminum Fins
Aluminum & Copper Base

Heatpipe

6mm (x6)

Fan Dimension

130(L) x 130(H) x 25(W) mm

Fan Speed

1,200 ~ 2,100 RPM

Bearing Type

—-

Noise Level

21 ~ 48 dBA

Max. Air Flow

121 CFM

Max. Air Pressure

3.12 mmH2O

LED Fan

—-

Power Connector

3 Pin

Rated Voltage

12 V

Started Voltage

7 V

Rated Current

1.2 A

Power Input

14.4 W

MTBF

50,000 Hrs @ 40℃

Weight

1093 g (with 2 Fans)

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Features

Ultimate Overclocking Thermal Structure Design, support up to 240W.
• Dual tower heat-sink with 0.4mm aluminum fins provide large surface for heat dissipation.
• 6 x Ø6 mm-U-shape copper heat pipes for accelerated heat conduction.
• Tower side flow design efficiently optimizes cooling performance.
• Premium thermal grease maximizes heat transfer from the CPU into the cooler copper base for rapid dissipation

Integrated Module for Dual 130mm VR™ OC Fan and the dazzling Cover.
• Single VR control knob adjusts fan speed from 1200~2100rpm.
• Overclocking efficiency with Starcraft II design.
• Convenient and Tool-less design for dismantle and install the fan module.

Universal Socket Compatibility & Accessory Package.
• All-in-one back-plate design, support all Intel and AMD platform
• Universal socket support :
Intel: LGA1366, LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA775
AMD: AM3, AM2+, AM2

Closer look

The Thermaltake FrioOCK is a rather large cooler weighing in at 1093 grams with the fan assembly intact. The FrioOCK has been getting rave reviews around the web for being one of the best cooler out there. We do not doubt that claim right now in this stage of the review as we will wait for the conclusion. Thermaltake designed the FrioOCK to be for those looking to overclock as it is advertised as supporting up to 240 watts.

Once removed from the box the FrioOCK is assembled with the fans attached as this will not lasted long as we do have to inspect the unit and in order to mount the cooler the fans must be separated from the cooler.

With the fans removed we see the heart of the cooler which kind of resemble another cooler we have tested. The FrioOCK is comprised of two towers of forty-five .4mm thick aluminum fins supported by a series of six heat pipes. The copper heat pipes measures 6mm in diameter. The fins are bent downward on the side to keep air from escaping and continue flowing across the surface of the cooler.

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With the plastic shroud is removed by lifted on the two clips on the side and moved upward to remove. The shroud supports the two 1300mm VR fans. The fans are rated at 1200-2100RPM. The noise level is what may get to some as it is rated at 21-48dBA. The fans’ speed can be controlled via one single turn knob.

Base of cooler is semi-shiny as seen in the reflection of the thumbscrew.

Installation


All accessories come packed organized in this little box.


Mounting screws and brackets attached to motherboard.


Rear mounting bracket attached to back of motherboard.


Brackets attached to base of CPU cooler.

Stress Testing

For our testing we will be using the following procedures and parameters to acquire the necessary data:

  1. Thermal compound used is Arctic Silver 5
  2. Idle temperatures are recorded after the system has been allowed to idle for thirty minutes from the point Windows has finished loading.
  3. Load temperatures are recorded by running LinX for twenty-five minutes on all available threads.
  4. Real Temp is used for the recording of all temperature sensor reading.
  5. PWM function is disabled via BIOS to allow the fans to run at full speed.
  6. CPU model and overclock speed used for testing are outlined below in “Test Hardware”.

Test Hardware:
Motherboard: ASUS P67 Deluxe B3
Processor: Intel Core i5 2500K @ 4.5GHz w/ 1.3 voltages
Ram: Crucial 2133 4GB Dual Channel (9-9-9-24)
Video Card: ASUS Radeon HD 5870
HDD: Hitachi 1TB
Power: Thermaltake Tough Power XT 850 (Sponsored by Thermaltake)
Case: Open air
Cooling: Thermaltake FrioOCK

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Testing Results

Conclusion

The Thermaltake FrioOCK is definitely a piece of work, a high quality piece of work. The cooler performed as well as many of the top coolers on the market. Once again Thermaltake has proven to us and the masses why they are one of the top cooler, as well as case manufacturers, currently on the market.

What helped the FrioOCK perform as well as it did is the use of the dual fans. Having two cooling fans in a push-pull configuration has always being a huge plus for CPU cooling. We saw this with several other Thermaltake CPU coolers like the Jing and original Frio. At full blast the fans of the FrioOCK can be way too loud for most people, so it’s a good thing they included a speed controller with the cooler. The only knock against the controller is the side panel of the case will have to be removed in order to access it.

We have never seen a quicker way to remove fans from a cooler like with the FrioOCK. Gently lifting on the plastic tabs on the side of the cooler is all it takes to remove BOTH fans.

The FrioOCK is priced at $75 making it a tad expensive of a cooler to consider. However, if you are looking for the performance level like what the FrioOCK delivers, you have to be willing to fork out the money. Some possible peace of mind is the range of past and present systems it’ll work on, with hopefully furture sockets as well like Intel’s upcoming Socket 2011.

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