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[nextpage title=”Introduction”]

The Frio OCK is a new cooler from Thermaltake, with a tower heatsink, six heatpipes and two 130 mm fans. Let’s test it.

Keep in mind that the Frio OCK is not an upgraded version of the Thermaltake Frio, which we reviewed some time ago. Actually, they have almost nothing in common, except for the fact that they both have tower heatsinks and two fans each.

The Frio OCK box is made of cardboard, with a picture of the cooler in the front, as you see in Figure 1.

Thermaltake Frio OCKFigure 1: Package

Figure 2 shows what comes with the cooler: manual, thermal grease, and installation hardware. This hardware comes nicely packaged into a small box with a foam filling where every piece has its own place.

Thermaltake Frio OCKFigure 2: Accessories

In Figure 3, you can see the Thermaltake Frio OCK. By the way, OCK stands for "Overclocking King."

Thermaltake Frio OCKFigure 3: The Thermaltake Frio OCK

This cooler is discussed in detail in the following pages.

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Figure 4 shows the front of the cooler, where a 130 mm fan with semitransparent blades forces the air into the heatsink.

Thermaltake Frio OCKFigure 4: Front view

Figure 5 shows the side of the cooler. The heatsink is barely visible under the plastic cover.

Thermaltake Frio OCKFigure 5: Side view

Figure 6 illustrates the back side of the cooler, where the second fan extracts the air from the heatsink. Both fans have only one power connector, which has three pins. It also has a small potentiometer where you can adjust the rotation speed.

Thermaltake Frio OCKFigure 6: Rear view

Figure 7 presents the top of the cooler. Here you can see the plastic cover, which has a transparent blue window at the center.

Thermaltake Frio OCKFigure 7: Top view

[nextpage title=”The Thermaltake Frio OCK (Cont’d)”]In Figure 8 you see the base of the Frio OCK. It is smooth but it doesn’t have a mirror-like aspect.

Thermaltake Frio OCKFigure 8: Base

Figure 9 reveals the cover off the heatsink. It can be removed just by pulling it from the sides. The fans are screwed to this cover.

Thermaltake Frio OCKFigure 9: Cover with fans

By removing that cover, you can see the heatsink. It resembles the Prolimatech Megahalems heatsink, with two independent towers, as you can view in Figures 10 and 11. It’s not a bad thing to mimic a champion design, is it?

Thermaltake Frio OCKFigure 10: Heatsink

Thermaltake Frio OCKFigure 11: Heatsink

[nextpage title=”Installation”]

Figure 12 shows the cooler base with clips attached to it and, in Figure 13, you see the backplate and the screws that go on the solder side of the motherboard.

 

Thermaltake Frio OCKFigure 12: Clips installed

Thermaltake Frio OCKFigure 13: Backplate and screws

After placing the backplate and the screws on the solder side of the motherboard, you need to install four plastic spacers and two metallic holders on the component side, as you can see in Figure 14.

Thermaltake Frio OCKFigure 14: Holding system installed

Then, screw the heatsink to the holders.

Thermaltake Frio OCKFigure 15: Heatsink installed

Finally, slip the cover over the heatsink and connect the fans to the motherboard.

Thermaltake Frio OCKFigure 16: Installed in our system

[nextpage title=”How We Tested”]

We tested the cooler with a Core i7-860 CPU (quad-core, 2.8 GHz), which is a socket LGA1156 processor with a 95 W TDP (Thermal Design Power). In order to get higher thermal dissipation, we overclocked it to 3.3 GHz (150 MHz base
clock and 22x multiplier), keeping the standard core voltage (Vcore), which was the maximum stable overclock we could make with the stock cooler. Keep in mind that we could have raised the CPU clock more, but to include the stock cooler in our comparison, we needed to use this moderate overclock.

We measured noise and temperature with the CPU idle and under full load. In order to get 100% CPU usage in all threads, we ran Prime 95 25.11 with the "In-place Large FFTs" option. (In this version, the software uses all available threads.)

We compared the tested cooler to the Intel stock cooler with a copper base (included with the CPU), as well as with other coolers. Note that in the past, we tested coolers with a socket LGA775 CPU, and we retested some "old" coolers with this new methodology. This means you can find different values in older reviews than the values you will read in the next page. Every cooler was tested with the thermal compound that accompanies it.

Room temperature measurements were taken with a digital thermometer. The core temperature was read with the SpeedFan program (available from the CPU thermal sensors), using an arithmetic average of the core temperature readings. During the tests, the left panel of the case was open.

The sound pressure level (SPL) was measured with a digital noise meter, with its sensor placed 4" (10 cm) from the fan. We turned off the case and video board cooler fans so they wouldn’t interfere with the results. This measurement is only for comparison purposes, because a precise SPL measurement needs to be made inside an acoustically insulated room with no other noise sources, which isn’t the case here.

Hardware Configuration

Operating System Configuration

  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Software Used

Error Margin

We adopted a 2 °C error margin, meaning temperature differences below 2 °C are considered irrelevant.

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The table below presents the results of our measurements. We repeated the same test on all coolers listed below. Each measurement was taken with the CPU at idle and at full load. In the models with a fan supporting PWM, the motherboard controlled the fan speed according to core load and temperature. On coolers with an integrated fan controller, the fan was set at the minimum speed on the idle test and at full speed on the full load test.

 

Idle Processor

Processor at Full Load

Cooler Room Temp. Noise Speed Core Temp. Noise Speed Core Temp.
Intel stock (socket LGA1156) 14 °C 44 dBA 1700 rpm 46 °C 54 dBA 2500 rpm 90 °C
Cooler Master Hyper TX3 G1 14 °C 47 dBA 2050 rpm 33 °C 56 dBA 2900 rpm 62 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme 14 °C 45 dBA 1400 rpm 27 °C 53 dBA 1950 rpm 51 °C
Thermaltake Silent 1156 14 °C 44 dBA 1200 rpm 38 °C 49 dBA 1750 rpm 69 °C
Noctua NH-D14 14 °C 49 dBA 1250 rpm 27 °C 49 dBA 1250 rpm 53 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Performa 14 °C 46 dBA 1500 rpm 28 °C 52 dBA 1950 rpm 54 °C
Prolimatech Megahalems 14 °C 40 dBA 750 rpm 27 °C 60 dBA 2550 rpm 50 °C
Thermaltake Frio 14 °C 46 dBA 1450 rpm 27 °C 60 dBA 2500 rpm 50 °C
Prolimatech Samuel 17 14 °C 40 dBA 750 rpm 40 °C 60 dBA 2550 rpm 63 °C
Zalman CNPS8000A 18 °C 43 dBA 1400 rpm 39 °C 54 dBA 2500 rpm 70 °C
Spire TherMax Eclipse II 14 °C 55 dBA 2200 rpm 28 °C 55 dBA 2200 rpm 53 °C
Scythe Ninja3 17 °C 39 dBA 700 rpm 32 °C 55 dBA 1800 rpm 57 °C
Corsair A50 18 °C 52 dBA 1900 rpm 33 °C 52 dBA 1900 rpm 60 °C
Thermaltake Jing 18 °C 44 dBA 850 rpm 34 °C 49 dBA 1300 rpm 60 °C
GlacialTech Alaska 18 °C 43 dBA 1150 rpm 36 °C 51 dBA 1600 rpm 60 °C
Deepcool Gamer Storm 18 °C 43 dBA 1100 rpm 35 °C 48 dBA 1600 rpm 62 °C
Corsair A70 26 °C 56 dBA 1900 rpm 40 °C 56 dBA 1900 rpm 65 °C
Deepcool Ice Blade Pro 23 °C 45 dBA 1200 rpm 38 °C 52 dBA 1500 rpm 64 °C
AC Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 23 °C 47 dBA 1750 rpm 44 °C 51 dBA 2100 rpm 77 °C
Corsair H70 27 °C 60 dBA 1900 rpm 37 °C 60 dBA 1900 rpm 61 °C
Zalman CNPS9900 Max 27 °C 55 dBA 1600 rpm 38 °C 58 dBA 1750 rpm 63 °C
Arctic Cooling Freezer 11 LP 25 °C 45 dBA 1700 rpm 51 °C 49 dBA 1950 rpm 91 °C
CoolIT Vantage 26 °C 60 dBA 2500 rpm 37 °C 60 dBA 2500 rpm 62 °C
Deepcool Ice Matrix 600 25 °C 46 dBA 1100 rpm 41 °C 53 dBA 1300 rpm 69 °C
Titan Hati 26 °C 46 dBA 1500 rpm 40 °C 57 dBA 2450 rpm 68 °C
Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 27 °C 49 dBA 1950 rpm 41 °C 53 dBA 2300 rpm 70 °C
Noctua NH-C14 26 °C 52 dBA 1300 rpm 37 °C 52 dBA 1300 rpm 61 °C
Intel XTS100H 26 °C 49 dBA 1200 rpm 42 °C 64 dBA 2600 rpm 68 °C
Zalman CNPS5X SZ 23 °C 52 dBA 2250 rpm 38 °C 57 dBA 2950 rpm 69 °C
Thermaltake SlimX3 21 °C 50 dBA 2700 rpm 46 °C 50 dBA 2750 rpm 99 °C
Cooler Master Hyper 101 21 °C 50 dBA 2600 rpm 38 °C 57 dBA 3300 rpm 71 °C
Antec Kühler H2O 620 19 °C 52 dBA 1400 rpm 34 °C 55 dBA 1400 rpm 58 °C
Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Pro 20 °C 46 dBA 1100 rpm 36 °C 49 dBA 1300 rpm 62 °C
GlacialTech Siberia 22 °C 49 dBA 1400 rpm 34 °C 49 dBA 1400 rpm 61 °C
Evercool Transformer 3 18 °C 46 dBA 1800 rpm 33 °C 51 dBA 2250 rpm 65 °C
Zalman CNPS11X Extreme 20 °C 51 dBA 1850 rpm 34 °C 56 dBA 2050 rpm 61 °C
Thermaltake Frio OCK 15 °C 44 dBA 1000 rpm 27 °C 64 dBA 2200 rpm 51 °C

In the graph below, at full load you can see how many degrees Celsius hotter the CPU core is than the air outside the case. The lower this difference, the better is the performance of the cooler.

 Thermaltake Frio OCK

[nextpage title=”Main Specifications”]

The main specifications for the Thermaltake Frio OCK CPU cooler include:

  • Application: Sockets 775, 1155, 1156, 1366, AM3, AM2+, and AM2 processors
  • Dimensions: 5.6 x 5.4 x 6.2 inches (143 x 136.8 x 158.4 mm) (W x L x H)
  • Fins: Aluminum
  • Base: Nickel-plated copper
  • Heat-pipes: Six nickel-plated copper heatpipes
  • Fan: Two 130 mm fans
  • Nominal fan speed: 2.100 rpm
  • Fan air flow: 121 cfm
  • Maximum power consumption: 14.4 W
  • Nominal noise level: 48 dBA
  • Weight: 2.41 lbs (1,093 kg)
  • More information: https://thermaltakeusa.com
  • Average price in the US*: USD 75.00

* Researched at Newegg.com on the day we published this review.

[nextpage title=”Conclusions”]

The Thermaltake Frio OCK is a real winner, which has achieved a performance level that equals the best air coolers we have tested so far, including the Thermaltake Frio, which is a completely different cooler, despite its name.

Although it is very loud at full speed, it has a small potentiometer that controls the fans, allowing you to reduce the noise (at the cost of a little performance, of course). The cover that holds the fans is a great idea, being easy to remove and reinstall, which helps a lot if you have the habit of cleaning your system periodically.

Speaking of the fans, they are loud for a reason. They have a big airflow, which can be easily felt just by putting your hand behind the cooler.

The Thermaltake Frio OCK is a great cooler, beautiful, easy to install, costs less than most of its competitors, and shows a stunning performance, deserving the Hardware Secrets Golden Award.