Titan Fenrir & Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus: Direct Touch Revisited

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COOLING RESULTS

Titan Fenrir w/ stock 120 mm fan
Fan Voltage
SPL@1m
Temp
°C Rise
12V
35~36 dBA
61°C
39
9V
28~29 dBA
62°C
40
7V
21 dBA
65°C
43
6V
17~18 dBA
67°C
45
5V
14~15 dBA
69°C
47
Titan Fenrir w/ ref. 120 mm fan
12V
16 dBA
65°C
43
9V
13 dBA
68°C
46
7V
12 dBA
72°C
50
Load Temp: Prime95 for ~10 mins.
°C Rise: Temperature rise above ambient (22°C) at load.

At reasonable noise levels, the thermal rise for the Fenrir was between 43 and 47°C which is a tad on the high side. Our reference Nexus fan fared much better, generating the same CPU temperature at 12V/16 dBA as the stock fan at 7V/21 dBA. At 9V, it was 1°C cooler and 1~2 dBA quieter than the Fenrir fan at 5V.

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus w/ stock 120 mm fan
Fan Voltage
SPL@1m
Temp
°C Rise
12V
32~33 dBA
58°C
37
10V
24 dBA
60°C
39
9V
18 dBA
62°C
41
8V
13 dBA
65°C
44
7V
12 dBA
75°C
54
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus w/ ref. 120 mm fan
12V
16 dBA
62°C
41
9V
13 dBA
65°C
44
7V
12 dBA
69°C
48
Load Temp: Prime95 for ~10 mins.
°C Rise: Temperature rise above ambient (21°C) at load.

The Hyper 212 Plus was the more proficient cooler of the two, running 3~4°C cooler than the Fenrir at equivalent or lower noise levels. However, when the airflow was reduced to very low levels, the temperature skyrocketed. At 7V, the CPU was operating 10°C hotter than at 8V, despite only a 1 dB drop in SPL. The Hyper 212 Plus' extremely tight fin spacing is likely to blame, though it should be noted our reference fan suffered only a 4°C reduction in cooling efficiency at equivalent levels.

Comparison Chart

°C rise Comparison
Heatsink
Nexus 120mm fan voltage /
SPL @1m
12V
9V
7V
16 dBA
13 dBA
12 dBA
Prolimatech Megahalems
38
41
44
Noctua NH-D14
38
42
45
Noctua NH-U12P
39
42
44
Scythe Mugen-2
39
42
45
Cogage TRUE Spirit 1366
40
42
45
Prolimatech Armageddon
40
42
46
Zalman CNPS10X Quiet
40
43
46
Thermalright U120 eXtreme
40
43
48
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
41
44
48
Thermalright U120
42
45
49
Titan Fenrir
43
46
50
Noctua NH-C12P
43
47
51
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme
43
47
53
Zalman CNPS10X Flex
45
50
54
Cooler Master V8
46
50
54
Scythe Kabuto
51
53
60

The Hyper 212 Plus is in good company, landing right between two former champions, the Thermalright Ultra-120 and eXtreme, and only 3~4°C from the current leader, the Prolimatech Megahalems. The Fenrir is no slouch either, trailing the Cooler Master by only a couple of degrees, but it's a huge disappointing result when you consider the Fenrir's size. It should outperform the Hyper 212 Plus, with bigger heatpipes and larger fins, but it just doesn't.



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