Date: December 22nd, 2009
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Titan
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PRODUCT WALKTHROUGH & PICTORIAL
So let's briefly walk through this product.
Starting from the bottom and moving up, we first set our eyes on the base and the four large 9mm heatpipes with a direct interface with the processor heatspreader.
The base was relatively flat, but not perfect. If this cooler was set onto a completely flat surface, it would slightly rock from side to side. The interface area was also a little rough and I would have liked to have seen less space between the heatpipes and a smoother and more even bottom. As you can see in the above photo spaces between the heatpipes and the aluminum block will lead to air spaces and less than optimal heat transfer interface between the two surfaces.
But this might not really affect the performance at all. The testing should allow us to see how it does.
The heatsink has a large amount of surface area which should allow for proper heat dissipation. There shouldn't be any problem if the fan pushes a decent amount of airflow.
The chrome painted fan during operation while being PWM controlled was undetectable even during full load conditions. Ramping the fan up manually to full speed did up the noise level quite noticeably (~40dBa) and wouldn't be exactly comfortable during day to day computer use. Seeing the fan didn't go above 1000 rpm even when the cpu was under full load, this does show that the heatsink is doing its job of getting rid of the heat properly. the fan barely had to work.