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Compatibility and Installation

The high-end cooling systems have long been designed to fit any type of platform, and Thermaltake FrioOCK is no exception. The newcomer supports all contemporary platforms with Intel LGA 775/1155/1156/1366 and AMD Socket AM2(+)/AM3. The cooler is installed with a backplate and a set of screws that go through the mainboard PCB. The mainboard will need to be removed from the system case in order to attach the backplate with screws to the bottom of it:

The backplate is made of sturdy plastic and doesn’t have a sticky surface, so you will need to hold the screws in place while putting in the bushes from the other side. I have to admit that it is not the simplest procedure. After that you have to set the steel brackets on top of the bushes (there are two different kits for Intel and AMD platform) and secure them in place with large screw-nuts:

Note that during installation the plastic casing with the fans needs to be removed, otherwise you won’t be able to tighten the retention screws holding the heatsink against the CPU. of course, do not forget to remove the protective film from the base of the cooler and apply a layer of thermal grease to the processor heat-spreader. By the way, Thermaltake’s grease is extremely efficient, as we determined during our last testing.

The cooler is pressed very firmly against the processor, and the retention is highly reliable and will hold the 1-kilogram FrioOCK cooler securely on the CPU. now you only have to put the casing with the fans back in place by locking the clips on the sides. If you feel that we missed something during our description of the installation procedure, you can always consult the step-by-step guide on the company web-site.

Our Thermaltake FrioOCK sample was tested in two positions: when the fans airflow was directed towards the back of the system case and the heatpipes were positioned in parallel to the processor heat-spreader, and when the airflow was directed upwards and the heatpipes go across the processor heat-spreader:

 

However, we didn’t detect any significant difference in cooling efficiency neither at low, nor at high fan rotation speed. I would also like to add that the installed FrioOCK cooler blocks the first memory DIMM slot (if you are using modules with tall heat-spreaders), and that the minimal distance between the bottom of the heatsink and the mainboard surface is 43 mm.

 
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