Thermaltake has long since been known for eccentric designs. But many of us have probably asked what would happen if they ever designed a true tower cooler. The wait is over and to many it will be worth it. The Thermaltake Frio, a cooler for the masses.
At first glance you can tell right away this isn’t the companies normal design strategy. There are no bright LED’s, nor are there cooling fins branching off in extreme angles. This is a serious contender in a field that has many TRUE competitors.
A closer look shows recessed areas in both front and back where you can mount 120mm fans; another feature that is new to Thermaltake. Push/Pull has long since been in the forte of most enthusiasts who wish to squeeze every last bit of performance from their cooling solutions. Its nice to see the Frio fielding these options. The have also opted to use the common method of retaining clips to secure the fans it allows users to change them out at their leisure. Once again TT is stepping out from their mold to offer all the small perks that make a good cooler, great.
With a weight of 1100g and 130mm x 92mm x 160mm dimensions the Frio measures up to the best out on the market today. It will be interesting to see, once they are available, the cooling potential hidden amidst the mass. As well, the standard fair includes a copper base with 5 heatpipes working their way through an aluminum fin array.
Of course no new cooler is complete without its mounting hardware. And there is not shortage of it here. Going all the way back to AMD’s 939 Socket, to the Latest (and yet to be released) LGA1156 Thermaltake is making sure that no matter the system you are running, this cooler will work. Nothing can make an enthusiast happier than having so many options.
The estimated release of the cooler is for Fall 2009, unfortunately pricing is currently unavailable.