Author: Bob Buskirk
On the cooling front Thermaltake did not have too much, but they did have a few new things. First is the Frio CPU cooler, which is a tower cooler with fans on both sides. The Frio, which is made for both AMD and Intel platforms, is made of all aluminum with a copper base. It has 5 8mm heatpipes that help in the cooling process. This cooler will sell for only $59.99 and is set to compete with other heatsinks prices in the $70-90 range.
Thermaltake had a lineup of other coolers that are already out. Expect to see a Spinq VT review very soon. Also they had the Silent 1156 cooler which is a great cooler for people who need a quite solution for their 1156 system. Thermaltake did have one VGA cooling product on display and it was the ISGC-V320 and it is not available in the USA. According to Thermaltake this is the last VGA product that they will be producing as there is not that big of a demand for them anymore.
The Expressar system was also being shown off again. This is just another engineering sample. As you know this technology uses Freon to cool down your CPU. Thermaltake suggests that when this technology becomes available to the mass market each modular system will cost around $500.
It was great to see Thermaltake redesigning their Toughpower series with the new Toughpower Grand series of power supplies. This new power supplies have a very sleek design, offers 80PLUS gold certification and will be available in March for $200 for the 750W version. Thermaltake also has done an internal refresh on their Toughpower XT line with new 575W-875W units. These power supplies carry an 80PLUS bronze certification.