84 months ago
I would like to know if the thermaltake frio is worth the higher price for its cooling capacity. Can anyone give me clear facts?
are you going to overclock? If not, the hyper 212 evo is perfect.
Clear facts, the larger the radiated surface, the better it will cool. The radiator on the frio is much larger, therefore it will cool much better. The 212+ (and now the evo) is a very solid performer in its price range. It used to perform better than some of the pricier air coolers.
In the end, custom water cooling loops offer the best cooling. This is mostly due to radiator size and the size of the tubing. Next comes the closed loop water cooling systems led by the new dual 140mm corsair part. Then comes "big air". (pretty close behind actually).
The Frio is bigger in every dimension than the 212 EVO. Plus it has two fans instead of one. Consider this result as being close at least. Toms Hardware Heatsink Test
Have you considered closed loop water? They generally perform similar with a smaller system. Plus there are no RAM height considerations to take into account. (Sometimes big air interferes with RAM making it so you can't use the first two slots).
Specifically the Antec Cooler 620
Thanks for the info
Info dump: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/277130-29-read-first-watercooling-sticky#t1992131
I do know about water cooling and have considered doing a full custom loop in the near future. However, I will not consider closed loops unless they offer a temperature difference that will justify the price
Big air systems compete quite well with closed loop systems dollar for dollar. The thing about the closed loop systems that I like are:
I admit to being biased. I went from Asetec LCLC 120 to Corsair H50 to Corsair H80 (which is awesome BTW!!!!!)
Thanks, I can see how the water cooling setup is easier while offering better temps
I agree here and not debating but one thing OP needs to consider is space available...
I'll just leave this here. http://www.xbitlabs.com/picture/?src=/images/coolers/thermalright-archon-sb-e/zchart_table_big.png
Here is your facts:
Temperature Stock (Idle/Load) – Overclock (Idle/Load) : Heatsink Brand and Name:
26/50 – 30/70 : CORSAIR H100
29/52 – 32/74 : CORSAIR H80
29/52 – 34/75 : CORSAIR H70
31/51 – 37/73 : COOLER MASTER V6GT
31/51 – 38/73 : THERMALTAKE Frio
32/53 – 38/75 : PROLIMATECH Genesis (dual stock fan)
32/54 – 38/76 : NOCTUA NH-C14
32/54 – 38/76 : NOCTUA NH-D14
31/52 – 38/79 : EVGA M020-00-000234 Superclock CPU Cooler
31/57 – 38/80 : Coolink Corator DS
33/58 – 40/80 : COOLIT VANTAGE
33/58 – 40/81 : Gelid Tranquillo
32/57 – 41/83 : COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
33/58 – 40/84 : CORSAIR H60
*39/72 – 49/100 : INTEL/AMD CPU Cooler
thermaltake frio out performs.