Asus Triton 75 CPU Cooler

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NOISE RECORDINGS IN MP3 FORMAT

  • Reference 120mm fan (not tested): 5V-7V-9V-12V, 5s Ambient between levels: One Meter, One Foot

The reference fan was not re-recorded on the Asus Triton 75, because the recording above (made with the fan just blowing into free air) is very close to that of its sound while mounted on the Triton 75. If there is any audible difference, it would be at the 12V full speed level, where a touch more turbulence might be heard. But inside a case, this difference would not be audible.

Comparatives:

  • Scythe Infinity: 5V-7V-9V-12V, 5s Ambient between levels: One Meter, One Foot
  • Zalman CNPS8700 LED: 5V-7V-9V-12V, 5s Ambient between levels: One Meter
  • Scythe Mine w/ stock fan: 5V-7V-9V-12V, 5s Ambient between levels: One Meter, One Foot
  • Thermaltake Big Typhoon: 5V-7V-9V-12V, 5s Ambient between levels: One Meter, One Foot
HOW TO LISTEN & COMPARE

These recordings were made with a high resolution, studio quality, digital recording system and are intended to represent a quick snapshot of what we heard during the review. Two recordings of each noise level were made, one from a distance of one meter, and another from one foot away.

The one meter recording is intended to give you an idea of how the subject of this review sound in actual use — one meter is a reasonable typical distance between a computer or computer component and your ear. The recording contains stretches of ambient noise that you can use to judge the relative loudness of the subject. For best results, set your volume control so that the ambient noise is just barely audible. Be aware that very quiet subjects may not be audible — if we couldn't hear it from one meter, chances are we couldn't record it either!

The one foot recording is designed to bring out the fine details of the noise. Use this recording with caution! Although more detailed, it may not represent how the subject sounds in actual use. It is best to listen to this recording after you have listened to the one meter recording.

More details about how we make these recordings can be found in our short article: Audio Recording Methods Revised.

FINAL CONCLUSIONS

If we awarded prizes for innovations in design, this Asus would not even get near the podium, but the proof of a heatsink is in the cooling. The Triton 75 is an excellent heatsink, offering great cooling performance with either low or high airflow fan settings. The Triton 75 can run within a few degrees of the coolest, baddest coolers around despite its low weight (whether it's 398g or 350g, it's lighter than most high performance CPU coolers). Leaving the choice of fan up to the user is a great idea that's been long practised by Thermalright. It works well here, because the Triton 75 is equally at home in an overclocked extreme gaming rig or in a super quiet SPCR-ideal system, and the only difference would be the fan chosen (and the speed at which it's run). The downward flow of the fan is a benefit to cooling of the VRM on most motherboards.

The "fangs" and the stock Intel locking pins for socket 775 mounting are annoying, but now that you're warned, you can take care to avoid injury. With some motherboards (like the test platform board), the heatsink fins might extend too far over the edge of the board and interfere with the power supply on that side. Aside from those cautions, the only other downside to this cooler is that it's not that widely distributed right now, at least not in the US and Canada.

The pricing of ~$35 in the US is quite good, especially if you already have a fan (or a collection of them) to go on the Triton 75. With so many motherboards now supporting some kind of fan speed controller, it should be easy to get a quiet operation with this cooler, and never worry again about overheating your CPU.

Pros

* AMD mounting clip is easy and secure
* Excellent performance even with very low airflow
* Low weight means less stress on the motherboard
* Downward fan airflow helps cool the VRM
Cons

* Stock Intel pins for socket 775 mounting
* Sharp corners of fins interferes with installation
* May not fit if CPU socket is close to edge of mainboard

Much thanks to Asus for the Triton 75 sample.

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