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Written by David Ramsey   
Tuesday, 12 July 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
Thermaltake Frio OCK CPU Cooler CLP0575
Closer Look: Frio OCK Cooler
Frio OCK Detailed Features
heat sink Test Methodology
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Closer Look: Frio OCK Cooler

The Thermaltake Frio OCK is designed for overclocking; in fact, that's what the "OCK" part is all about. This is spelled out on the front of the box just in case you didn't make the connection. The box also tells us the cooler can "support" 240 watts (although if I had a processor dissipating 240 watts, I'd be looking at a chilled water or phase-change cooler, myself); that it comes with two fans, six heat pipes, and a "4 in 1" mounting system.

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The accessories kit includes a plastic combination backplate (not shown) for all socket types, and this beautifully laid out kit of mounting parts. The various parts are labeled on the inside box top. This is so much nicer than a set of sealed plastic bags, and is the same type of kit Benchmark Reviews saw included with the otherwise disappointing Thermaltake Jing cooler.

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The Frio OCK's two 120mm fans are mounted to a plastic frame that slips over the actual heat sink. Unlike the original Frio, where each fan had its own power cable and speed control knob, the Frio OCK fan's cables are spliced together and controlled with a single knob, and require only a single fan header on your motherboard. Unplugging the knob from the cable causes the fans to run at their lowest speed. That large bar code label you see on the fan header, by the way, has "Warranty void if removed" printed on the other side.

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The Frio OCK's shroud and fans easily slip off as a single piece by pulling up lightly at the tabs on the side, between the fans. You'll need to remove this assembly to install the cooler. All the translucent blue plastic looks as if it should be lit somehow, but it's not.

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With its fan shroud removed, the Frio OCK bears a startling resemblance to the Prolimatech Megahalems. This 45-pin, 6 heat pipe cooler is a completely different design than the original Thermaltake Frio, and contains a fair amount more metal as well. The Frio OCK weighs about 50 grams more than the Frio.

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We'll take a closer look at this cooler, along with mounting it, in the next section.



 

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# RE: Thermaltake Frio OCK CPU Cooler CLP0575hbsadf 2011-07-26 01:38
I don't think frio is a good name for a CPU cooler. I don't want my CPU to frio.
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# RE: RE: Thermaltake Frio OCK CPU Cooler CLP0575David Ramsey 2011-07-26 07:05
Really? "Frio" means "cold" in Spanish and has connotations of cold even in English.
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# RE: RE: RE: Thermaltake Frio OCK CPU Cooler CLP0575vikp 2011-07-26 13:42
He's pronouncing it wrong in his head. He's thinking FRY not FREEze.
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# RE: Thermaltake Frio OCK CPU Cooler CLP0575Pinakio 2011-07-26 04:28
Thanks Dave for the review, my friend has the original Frio on his i7 and it has arguably the best pair of fans that comes with an aftermarket cooler. I thought it would be interesting to see how much improvements the 'OCK' version brings to the table but after reading this review I agree with you that it's not worth the extra 15 odd bucks (non OCK is ~$55). But then there is hardly any surprise, you can't do much with a product which is already as good as it comes. BTW that single fan socket is a nice touch, it is only recently that motherboard manufacturers have realized the importance of number of fan headers.
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