Hardcore gamers, overclockers and hardware enthusiasts always face one annoying issue – powerful computer systems generate a lot of heat and must be cooled by large but noisy CPU coolers and cooling fans. Now Thermaltake has a solution and it comes in the form of the Frio Silent CPU cooler line.
As the brand name suggests the new coolers combine excellent performance with low noise. There are three models in the line – the Frio Silent 12, the Frio Silent 14 and the Frio Extreme Silent 14 Dual. A closer look at these brand names will also reveal that the new coolers come with 120 mm or 140 mm cooling fans, with the last model having two of them.
The Frio Silent 12 and Frio Silent 14 are single-tower coolers that have three 8 mm thick U-shaped heat pipes. The 120 mm fan on the first model spins at 1200-1400 rpm, a fact that is also true for the larger Frio Silent 14 model but this one quite logically has a 140 mm fan. The fan speed can also be controlled via PWM and these models also come with a low-noise adapter. In addition to that these models have been designed in such a way as to not interfere with memory modules that reside on any motherboard.
The Frio Extreme Silent 14 Dual is the giant among the three models. This one is basically two Frio Silent 14 coolers into one and this is the reason why it measures 148.2 x 151 x 160 mm and weighs 1.23 kilograms. The cooler features two massive heat sinks and six 6 mm nickel-coated heat pipes. The two 140 mm fans installed on the Frio Extreme Silent 14 Dual spin at 500-1200 rpm or at just 300-700 rpm when using the low-noise adapter and produce just 19.4 dBa or 12.1 dBa of noise, respectively, while pushing as much as 84.82 CFM of air.
According to Thermaltake the new CPU coolers offer 50 000 hours of work time and compatibility with all modern Intel and AMD processor sockets starting from Intel LGA775 and AMD AM2 and newer. No word on pricing as of now.