For the installation phase of our evaluating today, we chose to mount the Thermaltake Frio on one of our H55 boards from ASRock called the H55DE3. This ATX motherboard was also used in tandem with an Intel i7-860 processor to show our readers how to install the Frio on a mid-range LGA 1156 system.
After gathering all the parts for our build, we picked up the two mounting brackets to install the Frio with our LGA 1156 processor and motherboard. The first part of this process was securing two mounting brackets on both sides of the heatsink base.
Next, we laid the heatsink upside down and used four screws to secure the heatsink to the ASRock H55DE3 motherboard with the included backplate.
We flipped the heatsink and motherboard back to the normal upright position and took off the extra fan bracket. To remove the fan bracket, simply loosen each plastic clip until the frame comes loose from the fin array. We will use this bracket to install the other included 120mm fan.
We used four rubber tabs to secure the fan to the fan bracket.
Here is what the Frio looks like with both fans installed. We also took the liberty of installing some memory to show our readers how much clearance there is between the RAM and the secondary fan. Not much to say the least.
There are only a few millimeters between the second fan and the top of the first memory DIMM. We are also using standard memory, so those with Corsair Dominator memory or other higher profile RAM will have difficulty using the first DIMM with the Frio installed.
After more than 30 minutes, we were able to install the Thermaltake Frio onto our H55DE3 and install both pieces of hardware into a standard ATX case. After finishing the installation, I was pretty happy overall with how easy it was to install the second fan as well as ensuring that the base of the heatsink was flush and even with the processor. It was a bit awkward flipping over the motherboard and laying it flat on the heatsink, but after securing the screws, I could tell the base was flush with the CPU. My only beef with this setup is the proximity of the second fan and the first DIMM of the motherboard. There is no clearance for us to put any memory in the first DIMM with the second fan installed. We will see how this effects our performance numbers during the testing phase of this review.