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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

Thermaltake Frio OCK Detailed Features

The base of the cooler has a finely-grained circular finish. The texture can just barely be discerned with a fingernail. The base seems to be perfectly flat.

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The back plate is comprised of black plastic and is of the increasingly popular "universal" design: flip it so that "Intel" shows for mounting to Socket 775, 1155/56, and 1366 systems; flip it the other way (to reveal "AMD") for Socket AM2/AM3 systems.

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The mounting method is completely different from the original Frio (which used all-metal mounting hardware), but of a design that's becoming standard for many coolers: screws pass through the backplate and motherboard to locate standoffs, which in this case are knurled black plastic.

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Two mounting plates are secured using the "thumb nuts" provided.

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Small brackets attach to each side of the heat sink's base. Captive spring loaded screws will secure the heat sink to its mounting brackets, and the springs will provide the clamping pressure: just tighten the screws until they won't turn any more.

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Here's the cooler installed on the ASUS Sabertooth X58 motherboard I use for heat sink testing. In most cases, you'd probably install it with the fans blowing out the rear of the case, but Benchmark Reviews has found that slightly better results can be obtained when the heat pipes are oriented horizontally. Fortunately Intel's square mounting hole layout makes it easy to install most coolers this way. In either orientation, though, this cooler overhangs the first RAM slot in my test motherboard, although the Corsair memory I'm using would fit if I removed the separate fins on top. Low-profile memory is just something a lot of coolers force on your these days, and it's something to keep in mind when buying memory with tall heat spreaders that can't be easily removed.

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The original Frio did well in our testing, although the results from that test aren't directly comparable since my new test setup is much more demanding of a cooler's capabilities! Let's see how this one does.



 

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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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