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Thursday, April 14, 2011
CPU Coolers - Noctua NH-C14 Vs Thermaltake Frio Ock

3. Meet the Thermaltake Frio Ock

Frio OCK



Thermaltake's Frio OCK is the company's newest CPU cooler and the successor of the original Frio cooler. The Frio OCK features a whooping heat dissipation capacity of 240 W and as such, it is targeting particularly power users and ambitious overlcockers.

The Frio OCK adopts the dual-tower design, with six 6 mm heatpipes to transport heat from the base into two separate cooling towers.
Thermaltake has also paid attention to the design of the new cooler, with an approach which captures and embodies currently prevailing computer game elements. In particular the shape and color scheme is resembling a firm and powerful bunker as inspired by the popular PC game StarCraft II.
The cooler uses two fans designed to work in tandem as a push-pull-combination where one fan pushes cold air over the tower fins, while the other fan on the opposite site pulls out hot air and then exhausts it through the cases back side.

A single fan speed control knob adjusts both fans in parallel. The 130 mm high pressure OC fans can be tuned between 1200 RPM for normal operation and up to 2100 RPM in OC mode and under mission critical circumstances when in 24/7 operation.


- Specifications

The Thermaltake Frio OCK comes in a very stylish box featuring the cooler,and some product highlights.


Opening the box up we see that the cooler is nestled tightly inside of foam. The accessory package was well organized and the available installation instructions for both AMD and Intel socket types offer enough information for easy installation.

Other Thermaltake Frio OCK's accessories are back plate, thermal paste, mounting bars, thumb screws, spacers and etc. Thermal compound is also included.


Below you see the Frio OCK cooler from different angles.

In terms of physical dimension and weight, Thermaltake Frio OCK is slightly bulkier and heavier than Frio; 143 x 136.8 x 158.4 mm with 1093 grams vs 139 x 98 x 165 with 1042 grams. Frio OCK comes with fan dazzling cover instead of direct mounting:


Thermaltake Frio OCK comes with fan dazzling cover in Starcraft II design instead of usual direct fan mounting method. The two 130mm VR fans are pre-mounted on dazzling cover offering a simple single step mounting instead of troublesome manual clapping on the aluminum fins of the heatsink:

The raw heatsink itself is built around a combination two heat-sink with 0.4mm aluminum fins and 6 x Ø6 mm-U-shape copper heat pipes.


The base finishing of Thermaltake Frio OCK is pretty well done. As you see in the picture below the heat-pipes are not having direct contact with the processor:


The installation of the cooler should generally go quite smoothly. You should first install the all-in-one back-plate design no matter if you have an Intel or an AMD platform.

Secure the back-plate at the back of the motherboard. Mounting bars and thumb screws are used to secure the back plate on the motherboard together with plastic spacers before the Thermaltake Frio OCK could be installed on top of it. The mounting bars can be installed in both directions, depending on the motherboard's layout.

Once the mounting bars have been secured on the motherboard then it is time to mount the Thermaltake Frio OCK on top of it by using two spring screws. The final step will be the fan installation where Thermaltake Frio OCK comes with a great design by just slotting in the dazzling cover into the aluminum block.

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