Review: Thermalright Frost Commander 140

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Thermalright Frost Commander 140
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CPU Cooler Details:
Metric Value
Brand Thermalright
Cooler Name Frost Commander 140
Fan 1 Name TL-C12 Pro-G
Fan 2 Name TL-D14X
Stated dBa 30.2
Number of Heat Pipes 5
Full Size (WxHxD): 140x158x121 mm
Radiator 1 (WxHxD) 143x120x46 mm
Radiator 2 (WxHxD) 143x120x46 mm
Air Cooler Rating: Install 7 (Easy)
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Fan Details for CPU Cooler:
Metric Fan 1 Fan 2
Fan Name TL-C12 Pro-G TL-D14X
Fan Location Front Mid
Fan Flow Type Push Mid
CPU Only Fan No No
Max RPM 1850 1800
Fan Size (mm) 120 140
Fan Width (mm) 25 27
Manufacture Rated dBa 29.6 30.2
Manufactured Rated Airflow (cmf) 82.0 95.5
Manufactured Rated Air Pressure (h2o) 2.1 2.3
Number Of Pins 4 4
PWM Fan Yes Yes
Bearing Type Fluid Dynamic Fluid Dynamic
Watts (W) 3.00 3.60
Current (A) 0.25 0.30
Max Volts 12.00 12.00

Design and Aesthetics:

The Frost Commander is a sleek CPU cooler with a design reminiscent of the Peerless Assassin 120. This cooler features a dual-tower heatsink with 5 heat pipes for efficient heat dissipation, and uniquely, the heat pipe ends are hidden from view. Sporting gray and silver tones, the Thermalright logo adorns the top of the heatsink. Despite its larger radiator, the Frost Commander uses a single 120mm fan in front and a 140mm fan between the heatsinks, giving it a distinct, asymmetrical look.

Install Notes:

The cooler installation is quite similar to other mainstream cooler setups. However, during installation, securing the fans to the heatsink requires more effort (relative to other Thermalright offerings), which is due to the metal securing the fans requiring much more effort to place. For this reason, it's also a lot easier to slightly bend the heatsink fins, but this can be fixed by bending it back with a credit card.

Additionally, like other mainstream coolers, the Frost Frost Commander faces challenges in uninstalling when trying to break the thermal paste seal between the cooler and CPU, as it doesn't easily slide or twist off. This can be an issue if the thermal paste forms a strong bond.

Cooling Performance:

The Frost Commander delivers impressive performance for its size, rivaling premium cooler offerings. Capable of cooling some of the more powerful CPUs without being overly bulky, this cooler can also manage overclocking for specific CPUs. As a result, the Frost Commander is a strong contender for a wide variety of computer setups.

Noise Performance:

Featuring two differently sized fans, this cooler generates above-average noise levels relative to the cooling it provides, unlike quieter options such as the NH-D15 or the Peerless Assassin 120. If you're seeking a quieter setup, you might want to explore alternative options that better suit your needs.


The Frost Commander is a sleek, dual-tower CPU cooler with an asymmetrical design, featuring 5 heat pipes for efficient heat dissipation and a unique hidden heat pipe end design. It offers impressive performance, capable of cooling powerful CPUs and handling overclocking, making it a strong contender for various computer setups. However, with two differently sized fans, it generates above-average noise levels compared to quieter alternatives, so those seeking a quieter setup may want to consider other options.

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CPU Details:
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Brand AMD
Cooler Name Ryzen 7 5800X
CPU Socket AM4
Cores 8
Thread Count 16
Max Temperature 90°C
Base Clock 3.8GHz
Max Boost Clock 4.7GHz
Cache L1
Cache L2 4MB
Cache L3 32MB
Processor Power Base 105W
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