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Acoustic Tests

The graph below shows the noise generated by our today’s testing participants:


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We noticed during the cooling efficiency tests already, that the default fans of Thermaltake Frío cooler are of exceptionally high quality. The results of our noise tests proved this point. As we see, Frío fan turned out the quietest of all three coolers. This fan works at a subjectively comfortable noise level up to 1250 RPM, and at 950-1000 RPM it can be considered very quiet. Thermaltake Frío has no parasitic overtones and crackling sounds, jingling of the heatsink plates or squeaking of the plastic fan frames. There is also no non-linearity of the noise levels variation upon the change in fan rotation speed, like the one we see by the default fan of the Zalman CNPS10X Performa cooler, for instance. Overall, we have every right to conclude that the new Thermaltake cooler boasts very high-quality well-balanced fans.

The graph for Thermaltake Frío with two fans is exactly the same because our current measuring technique doesn’t allow us to register the acoustic of the double-fan configuration correctly, because the noise meter we use doesn’t read the noise from the second fan installed on the back of the cooler heatsink. However, in my personal opinion, the noise doesn’t increase that much when we add a second fan to the Thermaltake Frío.

Conclusion

So, has Thermaltake managed to create a true super-cooler? It s difficult to answer this question definitively. On the one hand, Thermaltake Frío is a really highly efficient cooling system that can cope with decently overclocked quad-core processors just fine. But frankly speaking, I am sure many of you have expected way more from a cooler featuring five 8 mm heatpipes, thick heatsink plates with a significant effective surface size, soldering in the contact spots, two powerful fans and screw-on retention with extremely secure contact. In this case it is really hard to name the exact reasons for the today’s defeat from a more technologically modest and less expensive Zalman CNPS10X Performa cooler. Maybe Thermaltake engineers should give it more thought and make sure that they eliminate the issue that prevents Frío from competing successfully against the top solutions from other manufacturers. Otherwise, this cooler will just be one of the many, but not one of the best, which we wish were the case here.

We would like to give Thermaltake due credit for providing the Frío with high-quality fans with extremely low noise. Inconvenient rotation speed regulators and the need to use two mainboard fan connectors are just a small issue. Some modding fans who simply can’t find their computer in the dark unless something is glowing inside may complain that there are no LEDs, but we do not consider this a drawback for sure. The cooler is totally universal and comes with secure screw-on retention mechanism – these are Frío’s indisputable advantages. I only wish it were 4-5°C more efficient…

 
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