Frio Silent 12
12 - 19.2 dB
- 13 points
- 35 months ago
from completed build Solid Mid-Level Gaming in a Small Package
Pretty quiet, not incredibly hard to install, and looks pretty cool.
- 9 points
- 46 months ago
from completed build VR Box
I’ve never used water cooling before, and was considering it for this build, but there are always comments that it sounds like living next to an aquarium. I reckoned that a high quality air cooler could end up quieter just by cutting out that pump noise. I don't feel this definitively proves my point. It's silent at idle, but probably louder than a watercooling solution under load. It is, however, significantly cheaper.
The Frio 12 fits inside my Suppressor F1 case (140mm limit), is extremely quiet, and the CPU hasn't gone above 75C in real world tasks yet. It's not a cooling beast, but does manage an excellent compromise between keeping the CPU cool enough, and generating as little noise as possible. That's exactly what I was looking for and I got it.
It fits around my outrageously high profile ram without problem, but I have docked a star because despite accommodating a second fan, the box doesn't include the required metal clips for one. I'm going to have to buy two 80mm fans to fit in my case to aid cooling, when I'd much rather just add one 120mm one right onto the CPU cooler.