Review and testing of the cooler Thermaltake Frio Extreme Silent 14 Dual

Review and testing of the cooler Thermaltake Frio Extreme Silent 14 Dual


    Company Thermaltake, not having achieved great success in terms of the effectiveness of air coolers, reoriented its policy of silence and announced three new series of cooling system Frio Silent.


    In July of this year, the company Thermaltake Technology Co., Ltd. announced three new CPU cooler. Calling this line Frio Silent, the company immediately made it clear that the emphasis throughout is on the silence. Cooler series Frio few years present in the range of cooling systems Thermaltake, and today there are already eight models.

    In the latest series includes three models of different classes, the flagship of which was a grand Thermaltake Frio Extreme Silent 14 Dual. It is what we are testing today, with two younger models Frio Silent 12 and Frio Silent 14, let’s look at one of the following articles.


    System Specifications Cooling Thermaltake Frio Extreme Silent 14 Dual listed in the table.

    Thermaltake Frio Extreme Silent 14 Dual(CLP0587-B)
    Dimensions of the cooler (HxWxD), fan (s), mm 160x151x148,2
    (140x140x25, 2 pcs.)
    Gross weight, g 1230
    Core material and construction Two-tower design with aluminum plates on six nickel-plated copper heat pipes with a diameter of 6 mm, passing through the copper base
    Number plates radiator units. 112 (56×2)
    The thickness of the radiator fins, mm 0.4
    Intercostal length, mm 2.0
    Fabricated radiator area, cm2 n / a
    resistance, ° C / W
    Type and model
    Thermaltake PLA14025S12M
    Speed ​​of rotation
    Fan / min
    500-1200 / 300-700
    Airflow, CFM 84.82 (max.)
    Noise level, dB 19.4 / 12.1 (max).
    Static pressure, mm H2O 1.49 (max).
    Number and type of fan bearings 1 slip
    Fan operating time between failures, hours / year 50,000 / 5.71
    Rated / starting voltage of the fan, in 12 / 6.5
    Amperage of fan,
    Approximate peak power consumption
    Fan, W.
    Can be installed on processors
    Intel LGA775 / 115x / 1366/2011 AMD Socket FM1 / FM2 / AM2 / AM3
    Ability to install a third fan, thermal paste Thermaltake
    Price $ 87.9


    On the front side of the large boxes of cardboard, which comes Thermaltake Frio Extreme Silent 14 Dual, depicts the cooler, and next to it indicates the name and the key features of the model.

    The back and sides of the box shows the typical information about the new product: the detailed specifications, key features and a list of the supported platforms.

    Inside the radiator, fans and accessories firmly clamped pieces of polyethylene foam.

    That is, the reliability of the package can not be doubted. Note that the box came to us pretty battered – apparently, couriers do not particularly care about her safety during the delivery, though cooler and fans were no injuries.

    In a separate flat box, inserted between the sections of the radiator, there are accessories. They include everything needed to install the cooler, with all the components laid out in separate bags labeled. This significantly simplifies the procedure for securing the cooler on the CPU.

    Included in the package, and two multi-lingual instructions, thermal paste unknown type, and two cables with resistors for the fans.

    Thermaltake Frio Extreme Silent Dual 14 is produced in China. In foreign stores the model is sold at the price of 66 euros, or about 88 dollars. Not cheap, just to say. We add that the warranty period is three years.

    Design Features

    Frankly, Thermaltake Frio Extreme Silent 14 Dual is not a new development company, and is just an easy upgrades Thermaltake Frio Extreme, which the author of this material had a chance to test more than two years ago. The cooler is a two-tower heatsink on passing through six nickel-plated copper base heatpipes and two 140 mm fan installed on its sections.

    The dimensions of this giant are 160h151h148,2 mm, and weighs 1230 grams.

    Let’s look at the radiator Thermaltake Frio Extreme Silent 14 Dual.

    Each section of the radiator consists of 58 aluminum plates 0.4 mm thick, pressed to the heat pipes with intercostal distance of 2.0 mm. And here it is used crimping, soldering is not, although coolers such size and cost, it should be a compulsory part of the structure.

    In order to reduce the resistance to air flow fan ribs alternate with each other in width (exactly half of them are “drowned” in the radiator). Thus intercostal distance inlet air flow is 4.0 mm.

    The distance between the sections of the radiator is 36 mm, that is set between the increased thickness of the fan will not work.

    The plates are stamped with symbols on the edges of Tt riddled with two neat rows of heat pipes.

    Total of six heat pipes, the diameter is 6 mm, and they are nickel plated for durability and a more aesthetic appearance.

    The contact surface of the base of the size 42h40 mm polished to a mirror shine.

    Unfortunately, the evenness of the surface leaves a lot to be desired – the bulge is clearly visible both in the longitudinal and the transverse axis.

    As a result of our CPU heat spreader prints linings LGA2011 based cooler is not turned over its entire area and with a clear focus on the center of the clamp.

    In contrast to the Thermaltake Frio Extreme, Frio Extreme Silent Dual 14 is equipped with two 140 mm fans with black frames and white odinnadtsatilopastnymi impellers operating in different speed ranges.

    If Thermaltake Frio Extreme maximum speed of 1800 rev / min, then the pair of data “turntables” can operate either at 500-1200 rev / min, or at 300-700 rev / min – using the supplied resistors. In both cases, the adjustment is done automatically PWM-methods. Note that the size and shape of the blades of the fan impellers have not changed.

    Under the foil sticker on the stator is a plain bearing with a normative life 50,000 hours, or more than 5.7 years of continuous operation.

    Judging by marking the original manufacturer is the company model PLA14025S12M Power Logic. Efficiency fans are no different, as each of them at the maximum speed can consume up to 4.8 watts of power. According to the results of our measurements, the maximum power consumption of one such fan was only 1.4 W, and the starting voltage is 6.5 V. The cable lengths fans – 300 mm.

    The fans are mounted on the radiator sections with wire staples inserted into the holes.

    Section symmetrical, there are holes on both sides of each section, so that, theoretically, to the radiator can be installed three fans, although an extra pair of brackets is not included.

    Compatibility and installation

    Thermaltake Frio Extreme Silent 14 Dual, like its predecessor, is compatible with all modern processors and platforms. Mounting and installation procedure itself have changed. Now, instead of bilateral stud threaded holes on the sleeve of the base plate installed LGA2011 sleeve with insulating washer.

    These and attached supporting steel plate.

    But further installation procedures and Thermaltake Frio Extreme Frio Extreme Silent 14 Dual match, because there is only a thin and even layer of thermal paste and press the cooler plate with two screws from the top.

    It is surprising that in the Frio Extreme contact pressure was very high, and the new Frio Extreme Silent Dual 14 is, in our view, is insufficient, because the cooler – after being pressed mount until it stops – you can even turn a bit on the processor.

    It is possible that the fault of such a weak squeeze a convex base of the cooler, in contact with the heat spreader of the processor only at the center. We add that the installation of the cooling system to other platforms to use the reinforcement plate, which is located on the back side of the motherboard.

    The distance from the bottom to the fins of the cooler is 42 mm, which, taking into account the height of the processor socket should be enough to avoid conflicts with high radiator in near-socket area or on the memory modules. However, the 140-mm fans hang 20 mm below the radiator fins, so they have every chance to rest against the memory, which is what happened in this case.

    I had to slightly raise the external fan on the heatsink. But the fan is mounted between the sections of the radiator is nothing to prevent.
    Inside the computer chassis Thermaltake Frio Extreme Silent 14 Dual looks massive and promising.

    Let’s see if it will meet our expectations and whether “extremely quiet and” cool an overclocked CPU?

    Test configuration, tools and methods of test

    Comparison of the effectiveness of cooling systems was carried out in the case the following configuration:

    • Mainboard: Intel Siler DX79SR (Intel X79 Express, LGA2011, BIOS 0590 from 17.07.2013);
    • Central processor: Intel Core Extreme Edition i7-3970X 3.5-4.0 GHz (Sandy Bridge-E, C2, 1,1 In, 6×256 Kbyte L2, 15MB L3);
    • Thermal interface: ARCTIC MX-4 ;
    • Memory: DDR3 4×8 GB G.SKILL TridentX F3-2133C9Q-32GTX (2133MHz, 9-11-11-31_CR2, 1,6125 B);
    • Video Card: AMD Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB GDDR5 128-bit 1000/4500 MHz (passive copper heatsink cooler Deepcool V4000);
    • System disk: SSD 256GB Crucial M4 (SATA-III, CT256M4SSD2, BIOS v0009);
    • Drive for programs and games: Western Digital VelociRaptor (SATA-II, 300 GB, 10,000 rev / min, 16MB, NCQ) in the box Scythe Quiet Drive 3,5 “;
    • Backup disk: Samsung Ecogreen F4 HD204UI (SATA-II, 2 TB, 5400 rev / min, 32MB, NCQ);
    • Enclosure: Antec Twelve Hundred (front wall – three Noiseblocker NB-Multiframe S-Series MF12-S2 1020 rev / min, back – two Noiseblocker NB-BlackSilentPRO PL-1 at 1020 rev / min, the upper – standard 200-mm fan on the 400 rev / min);
    • Control and monitoring panel: Zalman ZM-MFC3 ;
    • Power supply: Corsair AX1200i (1200 W), 120-mm fan.

    To carry out basic tests on the six-core processor support 100 MHz at a fixed value of 44 in the multiplier and the function is activated, Load-Line Calibration was overclocked to 4.4 GHz with an increase in tension in the motherboard’s BIOS to 1.240 ~ 1.245 In.

    Turbo Boost technology during testing was turned off, but the Hyper-Threading to improve heat dissipation has been activated. Voltage memory modules was fixed at 1.6125 V, and its frequency was 2.133 GHz with timings 9-11-11-20_CR1. Other options BIOS, related to overclocking the processor or RAM, is not changed.

    Testing conducted in the operating system Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1. The software used for the test:

    • LinX AVX Edition v0.6.4 – to create the CPU load (the amount of allocated memory – 4500 MB, Problem Size – 24234, two cycles of 11 minutes);
    • Real Temp GT v3.70 – for monitoring the temperature of processor cores;
    • Intel Extreme Tuning Utility v4.2.0.8 – for monitoring and surveillance of all system parameters during acceleration.
    • Full screen shot during one of the cycles of testing is as follows.

    CPU load created by two consecutive cycles of LinX AVX with the above settings. To stabilize the temperature of the processor cycles allotted between 8-10 minutes. For the final result adopted the maximum temperature of the hottest of the six CPU cores in the peak load and idle.

    Furthermore, in a separate table are given temperature of the processor cores, and their average values. The room temperature is controlled next to the system with an electronic thermometer with measurement accuracy 0,1 ° C and the ability to monitor changes in the hourly room temperature for 6 hours. During this test the ambient temperature ranged 21,9-22,4 ° C.

    The noise level of the cooling was carried out by an electronic sound level meter CENTER-321 in the period of one to three hours a night in a completely closed room about 20 m 2 fiberglass. The noise level is measured by the system case, when the source of noise in the room was just the cooler and its fans.

    The sound level meter, fixed on a tripod, always placed strictly in one point at a distance of exactly 150 mm from the stator of the fan. Cooling systems were placed at the corner of the table on the polyurethane substrate.

    The lower limit of measuring the sound level meter is 29.8 dBA, and subjectively comfortable (not to be confused with a low!) Noise coolers measurements at this distance is about the level of 36 dBA. Conventionally, quiet noise level accepted by us at the border of 33 dBA. The fan speed was varied over the entire range of their work with a special controller by changing the supply voltage in steps of 0.5 V.

    Dimensions and, most importantly, the cost of Thermaltake Frio Extreme Silent 14 Dual ($ 88) allows us to put up against a super-cooler Phanteks PH-TC14PE , which was tested with two fans Corsair AF140 Quiet Edition.

    With exactly the same fans were further tested and Thermaltake Frio Extreme Silent 14 Dual, the benefit of its staff fastening more or less suitable for their installation.

    We add that the speed control of the fan cooling systems was carried out using a special controller with an accuracy of ± 10 rev / min in the range of 800 rev / min to a maximum of steps 150 or 200 rev / min.

    Test results and analysis

    Cooling efficiency

    It is obvious that the cooling performance Thermaltake Frio Extreme Silent 14 Dual absolutely no rival super-cooler Phanteks PH-TC14PE. The latter even when rotating fans Corsair at 700 rev / min is more effective Frio Extreme Silent at maximum 14 Dual 1140 rev / min fan Thermaltake.

    And if you compare the effectiveness of these two giants at the same speed of the fan, the Thermaltake Frio Extreme Silent 14 Dual losing 5 to 7 degrees Celsius in the peak load that the cooler is the same or even slightly higher cost is a pretty big difference.

    Installation on a radiator Thermaltake Frio Extreme Silent 14 Dual two alternative fans Corsair AF140 really increases its effectiveness. Thus, when the maximum speed of the gain is 2 degrees Celsius, although Corsair AF140 operate only at 1090 rev / min versus 1140 rev / min for Thermaltake.

    At 1000 and 700 rev / min also manages to win by 2 degrees Celsius in the peak load on the hottest core, and at 850 rev / min – just 3 degrees Celsius. So it is quite possible to ascertain the fact that Corsair AF140 suitable radiator Thermaltake Frio Extreme Silent Dual 14 bit better than regular fans.

    In the overall ranking Thermaltake Frio Extreme Silent 14 Dual took a relatively modest results. With a maximum speed of its two 140 mm fans, he located near the coolers as Deepcool Lucifer , SilverStone AR03 or Noctua NH-D15, although the latter seriously outperforms it in terms of noise, which we will discuss below.

    In the semi-quiet mode at 850 rev / min novelty is as effective as the Thermalright TRUE Spirit 140 Power, and slightly outperforms the Noctua NH-U14S. In general, we can say that compared to other CPU cooling efficiency Thermaltake Frio Extreme Silent 14 Dual not amazing.

    When checking the processor to the maximum acceleration under Thermaltake Frio Extreme Silent Dual 14 at the maximum speed of its two 140-mm fans found out that our starting 4400 MHz at 1.24 V were limiting for new items. Neither at 4500 MHz, much less at 4600 MHz cooler is not able to provide stability for the CPU Linpack.

    Probably the reason for this failure lies in the convex cooler base and defective contact with the heat spreader processor nip weak, and in the absence of solder at the interface with the fins of the radiator heat pipes. It is what it is.

    What Thermaltake Frio Extreme Silent Dual 14 won first place in the segment of coolers with overclocking up to 4400 MHz, is little consolation for him, because all the other members of the same block diagram not only compact, but twice, and then three times cheaper.


    In contrast to the efficiency, the noise level at the Thermaltake Frio Extreme Silent 14 Dual everything is in order. With condescension referring to the uneven sound pressure after 950 rev / min, it can be said that the cooler is really quite comfortable in terms of noise, as it directly competes with Phanteks PH-TC14PE with a pair of Corsair AF140, which we refer to one of the best 140-mm fans.

    Prize in pairs regular fan Phanteks simply enormous if they can be called comfortable only at 680 rev / min, the fan Thermaltake same noise level achieved at 950 rev / min. Quiet they become narrower at 800 rev / min and at 700 rev / min hear them extremely difficult even outside the system case. So here Thermaltake put the top five plus.


    If Thermaltake Frio Extreme Silent 14 Dual called Thermaltake Silent 14 Dual and cost no more than $ 50, it is in full compliance to its name and, most likely, would achieve commercial success. Now the situation is very difficult for new items, because there is no “freeze”, the more “extreme”, this cooling system to offer the end user can not, despite its size, weight and cost of the colossal.

    According to our tests, the effectiveness of the new cooler is not above the basic level, which today can provide dozens of smaller and more fuel-efficient air-cooled systems. So if you have this characteristic is in the first place, it is best to look at other models.

    [easyazon_block add_to_cart=”default” align=”right” asin=”B00MUEXBFA” cloaking=”no” layout=”top” localization=”default” locale=”UK” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” tag=”gadgethelp-21″]In defeat blame a range of engineering and assembly of miscalculations. Convex base is not high enough clamping force (and this at a weight of more than 1.2 kilograms), no soldering at the interface of heat pipes and fins of the radiator.

    In general, all the things that have coolers as high cost, in principle, should not be. But Frio Extreme Silent Dual 14 is fine in those computer cases, where the emphasis is on a low level of noise. Here too it is, in our opinion, will satisfy even the most demanding users.

    Note cooler and versatility, ease of installation on the motherboard, informative and reliable packaging, as well as a three-year warranty. In general, it would have been nice if not mediocre efficiency and high cost.

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