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Design and Functionality

Once you take Thermaltake Frío out of the box, the first thing you notice is its weight and massive looks. It feels like a heavy metal brick with plastic details on the sides:



At the same time, Frío size is comparable with that of other manufacturers’ tower coolers. It measures 139 x 118 x 165 mm, and with only one fan it will measure 98 mm wide:

The new cooler weighs a little over a kilo – 1042 g.

Thermaltake Frío is a tower cooler that consists of a copper base, five copper nickel-plated heatpipes 8 mm in diameter, aluminum heatsink plates sitting on these heatpipes, two plastic frames with fans and a decorative top cover:


Rep plastic pipes on top of the cooler are a purely decorative element adding a modding look to Thermaltake Frío cooler.


All plastic components of the cooler are attached with clips, so that can be easily removed. As a result, we can take a real close look at the heatsink:

It consists of 48 aluminum plates measuring 130x57 mm. each plate is 0.5 mm thick and they are spaced out at 1.8-1.9 mm from one another. The heatsink plates are soldered to the heatpipes, which are also soldered to the base. I would also like to point out that we found no special optimizations of Thermaltake Frío heatsink that could lower the airflow resistance or increase the heat transfer. The calculated effective heatsink size is quite large and makes 7,840 cm2, although it is not a record for a cooler of this type. The edges of the heatsink plates are very sharp, so be careful if you decide to take the cooler apart.

The heatpipes inside the heatsink array are arranged in staggered order:

As a result, they could fit all thick 8 mm heatpipes into a pretty narrow 57 mm heatsink and achieve more even heat distribution over the plates. As I have already said, the heatpipes are soldered to the cooler base plate. The thinnest part of the base beneath the heatpipes measures 2.4 mm.

The base of Thermaltake Frío cooler is exceptionally even, but it could have been finished nicer:

You can clearly see radial machine marks, which you can also feel to the touch. It is pretty strange for Thermaltake, because all their previous coolers had mirror-shining base plates. Well, most importantly it is very even, as you can see from the thermal compound imprint:

Thermaltake Frío is equipped with two 120x120x25 mm fans with black frame and white seven-blade impeller:

The fan blades are very curves and get wider towards the ends. The impeller is 113 mm in diameter with a 41 mm rotor. The fan comes with a 250 mm cable. The rotation speed of each fan is regulated with a small variator installed right on the fan cable. The supported rotation speed range of the cooling fans from 1250 to 2500 (!) RPM indicates clearly that Frío is targeted for computer enthusiasts, who consider noise to be secondary. At their maximum speed each fan creates 101.6 CFM airflow and generates 43 dBA of noise. The noise at the lowest fan rotation speed makes 23 dBA.


Judging by the rotor sticker, the original maker of the fans is Power Logic Company, but we couldn’t find a model number PLA12025S12HH-LV anywhere in their product catalogue. The fans use an improved slide bearing with increased to 50,000 hours MTBF. The claimed fan startup voltage is 6 V, and each fan should consume no more than 6 W of power.

The fans are attached to the retention frames with two plastic brackets that catch on to the side heatsink plates with the clips:

However, the fans do not actually touch the plastic frames because they are sort of “hanging” on silicone mounts:


As a result, there are fewer vibrations transferred from the fan to the heatsink and there is less noise (due to the shift towards more acoustically comfortable zone). Besides, the plastic frame and mounts keep the fans a little farther away from the heatsink. The fans do not have any LEDs.

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