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Compatibility and Installation

The Frio Extreme supports every single platform from both Intel and AMD. The installation procedure is detailed on the official website and is rather easy to follow.

For example, to install your Frio Extreme on an LGA2011 mainboard, you only have to insert the bushings with dual-sided threading into the socket’s mounting holes and fix the steel guides on them.

 

Then you just mount the cooler on the CPU and press it down with the retention plate.

Just don’t forget to apply some thermal grease beforehand. The pressure is very high, so the cooler, despite its convex sole, stands solid on the processor, unlike some Thermalright models with the same peculiarity. Installing the Frio Extreme onto other platforms is basically the same but you need to use a back-plate on the reverse side of your mainboard.

The cooler’s sole is 42 millimeters lower than the bottom fin of its heatsink. Added the height of the CPU socket, this should be enough to avoid any conflict with tall heatsinks in the near-socket zone or on the memory modules. However, the 140mm fans hang 20 millimeters lower than the heatsink and may press against the memory modules as they did on our mainboard:

 

  

You can move the fan into the gap between the two heatsink sections in this case.

We tested our Frio Extreme in two positions: with its air flow going directly towards the back panel of the system case and with the cooler turned around by 90 degrees, driving the air towards the exhaust 200mm fan on the top panel of the system case.

 

We couldn’t find any difference between these two orientation variants at the minimum and maximum speed of the fans, though.

Technical Specifications and Recommended Pricing

 
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