Asus Triton 75 CPU Cooler

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Dec 17, 2007 by Mike Chin

Product
Asus Triton 75
Socket 775 / K8 / AM2 CPU Heatsink
Manufacturer
Market Price
$32~40 in the US

Asus has become one of the biggest companies in the computer industry, a fact that gained some widspead exposure when it recently entered the Fortune 500 list for the first time. The company offers just about every type of computer product, from tiny handheld multifunction phone/GPS/computing devices to massive server boards. It's not clear that Asus actually makes all the products that bears its brand; it's likely many products are made for them by OEMs. No matter.

Not long ago, Asus began offering heatsinks for DIY enthusiasts. Their thermal solutions range is quite large, with over two dozen models listed on their web sites. The Triton 75 is the first Asus cooling product to be tested by SPCR.

Our Triton 75 sample came in a sturdy retail box with full color graphics notable for its lack of plastic, which is laudable, environmentally. The heatsink is billed as a fanless design and comes without a fan; this is a surprise for a mainstream brand with a reputation for overclocking friendliness in its motherboards.


No plastic at all used in the packaging.


Contents: Installation sheet, heatsink, and mounting hardware.

Just the quickest of glances shows that the Triton 75 is no innovative leap in electronic cooling design. It bears a striking resemblance to... any number of other designs that have been around for some time. (More on this later.) It's quite a big heatsink, although there are so many huge models these days, that the Triton 75's size doesn't impress as it once might have.

The "manual" unfolds into a big sheet of well-illustrated instructions printed on both sides in 14 languages, which makes it obvious that Asus intends worldwide distribution. The drawing below from the instruction sheet shows all the parts.


Simple, secure lever clip for AMD CPUs; the usual nasty push-pins for Intel socket 775 CPUs.

Triton 75: Feature Highlights (from the product web page)
Feature & Brief Our Comment
Mutiple Application
Supports processors for Intel LGA 775 socket and AMD processors for 939/940/AM2 socket.
Wide compatibility looks likely, given the design.
Fan-less Design to Satisfy All Your Requirements & DIY Fun
ASUS´ first fan-less designed model is compatible with all 12 cm fans. Gamers can choose any 12cm fan freely to satisfy their requirements and enjoy DIY fun.
*Recommend fan size: 120x120x25mm
*Recommend air flow : >45CFM
The wording suggests strongly that it is not meant for fanless use; it's not supplied with a fan so the user can choose his/her own. The recommended >45CFM airflow is a dead giveaway.
Fast Heat Transfer
The copper base, fins and four copper heatpipes can efficiently transfer the heat to maintain temperature for high-performance computing and stable operation.
We'll see; this is what our review will be checking.
Easy Installation
Innovation in assembly with push pins and clip makes fastening easier than ever for both Intel and AMD users. No need to remove motherboard.
"Innovation in assembly"... with Intel's stock heatsink pushpins?! That's funny. No need to remove motherboard is good.
Lightweight
Only 395g, less stress on MB
Lighter is good, but contradicts 350g in specifications.

Triton 75: Specifications (from the product web page)
Dimensions 137 (L) x 120 (W) x 90 (H) mm
Fan Dimensions 120 x 120 x 38mm (L x B x H)
Heatsink Material Cu. Base + Al. Fins + 4 Heat Pipes
Weight 350 g
CPU Support *Intel Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Quad
*Intel Core 2 Duo / Pentium Extreme / Pentium 4 / Pentium D / Celeron D
*AMD 64 FX / 64 X2 / 64 Sempron




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