Sporting no less than 6 cooling pipes, two 130 mm fans (What’s up with that? Can’t they simply move to 140 mm?), and a claimed heat dissipation capacity of 240W, the ThermalTake Frio OCK makes its debut after a flirtation with the public at CES.
When I saw the unit, I immediately thought of several other units with nearly identical designs, but perhaps scaled up or down just a bit. The Noctua top-of-the-line NH-D14 uses 6 cooling pipes too, and has the ability to use three fans of the 140 mm variety, yet it is not given an exaggerated rating for cooling capacity. Since the Noctua fans are a bit larger, and a lot quieter, many would choose that solution, if the installation area was great enough.
The Frio OCK (OverClock King) will use only two fans, versus the Noctua’s three, but because the fans appear to be more closely coupled with the fins of the radiator, this might be a bit more efficient – it certainly will be lighter, and that could be the deciding factor, if the user decides that the installation will be moved about a great deal, for the coolers of today are heavy enough to place great stress on a motherboard, even given the fact that they have 4 point mounting, and backing plates that are nearly the size of a floppy drive outer case.
The Frio OCK has measurements of 143 (L) x 136.8 (W) x 158.4 (H) mm, weighing 1093 grams with the included fans, and features a dual tower heatsink with 0.4mm aluminum fins, six 6mm U-shaped copper heatpipes, and two 130mm fans that can be adjusted with an external adjustment knob to operate at 1200 to 2100 RPM, with 48 dBA volume at full speed.
The unit supports all the latest processors from Intel and AMD, including the older LGA 775, which many other new coolers are dropping support for, so if you have one of those needing new cooling arrangements, you’re in luck.
The ThermalTake is a bit smaller, and will certainly fit in tighter places, such as many midtower designs which are not very wide. [thanks to TechConnect for the pics]
On the other hand, where there is more room, I would choose the Noctua shown below, because of the headroom in fan choice, 3 versus 2, and the lower noise levels, which Noctua quotes as under 20 dBA, a huge amount quieter than the easily audible, and probably annoying 48dBA of the Frio OCK.
On the other hand, if the ThermalTake part really can dissipate that amount of heat, it would certainly be worth more than a quick look if your exploits included overclocking a monster CPU in a case already made hot and noisy by a couple or three graphics cards.