Compatibility and Installation Tips
Thermaltake Frío is compatible with all contemporary desktop platforms. The installation procedure is described in detail in the manual. As for us, we are going to dwell only on a few key aspects of it today.
We have already mentioned earlier that each cooler accessory is sealed into an individual plastic bag marked with a letter. You can find the same letter marking in the manual:
If you make sure to follow the marking exactly, then the entire installation process will be quick and painless:
The only difficulty is probably the need to tighten the retention screws from the bottom side of the mainboard PCB rather than front, as you would normally do in most cases. However, this problem could be easily resolved is we turn the cooler upside down and try installing the mainboard on top of the cooler, and not the other way around: the cooler on top of the mainboard.
First you have to attach a pair of steel retention brackets for the appropriate processor socket to the base of the cooler:
There are threaded spindles in the ends of the brackets. You have to out rubber rings onto them, as they will protect the mainboard PCB:
After that turn the cooler upside down, put the mainboard on top, set the backplate and tighten the screw-nuts over it:
The distance from the lowest heatsink plate to the contact surface of the cooler is 38 mm. add another 4-5 mm for the processor socket with the CPU in it. The available 42-43 mm may seem just enough to ensure that Thermaltake Frío cooler doesn’t interfere with the tall heatsinks over the mainboard voltage regulator components (the cooler is pretty wide – 139 mm). However, the plastic frames for the fans hang by 7 mm off the sides of the heatsink, and this is where some mainboards may experience compatibility issues. Nevertheless, we didn’t have any problems during the installation of Thermaltake Frío on our Asus P6T Deluxe:
There is no mention anywhere on the official web-site or in the user manual of the preferred cooler position on the CPU and inside the system case. We checked out the cooler efficiency with the heatsink turned perpendicular to the memory DIMM slots as well as parallel to them. This is what the new Thermaltake cooler looks like inside the system case with only one fan and no plastic top:
Thermaltake Frío looks larger and bulkier with two fans, of course:
Nevertheless, we didn’t have any problems trying to fit it in nicely on the mainboard and inside the system case.