Titan Fenrir & Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus: Direct Touch Revisited

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Direct Touch Revisited: Titan Fenrir & Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus

May 9, 2010 by Lawrence Lee

Product
Titan Fenrir
(X'Mas Edition)

TTC-NK85TZ/CS(RB)
CPU Cooler
Cooler Master
Hyper 212 Plus

RR-B10-212P-G1
CPU Cooler
Manufacturer
Titan Technology Cooler Master
Street Price
US$50 US$30

For the past 5 years, the highest performing air cooled CPU heatsinks have all been based on a heatpipe/tower design. Manufacturers have experimented with the shape, fin spacing, number of heatpipes and nickel plating, but nothing fundamental has changed since their debut except for direct touch heatpipes. Direct touch involves flattening the heatpipes at the bottom of the heatsink and having them form the actual base rather than an intermediary material (usually a copper plate) to transfer the heat from the CPU and pass it onto the heatpipes.

The first direct touch coolers we tested, the Xigmatek HDT-S1283 and HDT-SD964 were very strong performers even though they were significantly smaller than the competition. Since then the technology has become more common with bigger companies like OCZ and Cooler Master adopting it in many of their heatsinks. Given their rising popularity, we felt it apt to investigate a pair of more recent models, the Titan Fenrir and the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus.

TITAN FENRIR

If you are unfamiliar with Titan, we don't blame you as they are mainly an OEM cooling solution provider. They are much smaller in the retail space and Titan branded products are not well-known in North America. The name "Fenrir" is that of a fierce wolf hailing from ancient Norse mythology; it's an apt moniker for this formidable-looking CPU heatsink.

The Titan Fenrir is the first product to be reviewed in direct response to user donations. This is a program which enables SPCR readers to vote and donate funds for reviews of products of specific interest to them. For more details, please see the forum Donate for Reviews.


The box.

Typically we do not take time to discuss a product's packaging, but we would be doing a great disservice not to mention that the Fenrir ships in one of those loathsome sealed plastic clamshell containers that are notoriously difficult to open.


Unboxed.

Inside is more plastic in the form of two trays holding the heatsink and an attention-seeking chrome-painted 120 mm fan. The standard Fenrir has blasé silver/gray fins, but our sample was an "X'Mas Edition" with fins painted blood red and pitch black, a far-from-festive color scheme. Titan is based in Taiwan, which has a little known, but incredibly macabre Christmas tradition. A white box holds the mounting hardware, thermal compound, fan clips, and a 4-pin PWM to 3-pin adapter with an in-line resistor to slow down the fan. The Fenrir supports all of Intel's current desktop sockets, but the package lacks a backplate for LGA1156.


Accessories.


Titan Fenrir: Key Features
(from the product web page)
Feature & Brief Our Comment
4 x 8mm heatpipes with Heat Pipe Direct Contact feature: rapid heat conductivity and draw heat away from CPU immediately The use of four, thick heatpipes may be overkill.
12cm giant fan : comprehensive cooling + superior silent performance at 17dBA only 12 cm isn't giant by today's standards and 17 dBA is nowhere near silent — "quiet" would have been a better adjective.
PWM intelligent controller: automatically adjust fan to provide wonderful balance
between performance and rumble generated from CPU
The fan itself does not appear to have a controller. We believe this comment refers to the PWM feature in general.
High density fin design: maximize cooling areas for overclocking More fins doesn't always translate into better cooling. Low speed fans have difficulty cooling denser heatsinks.
Universal support: compatible with Intel LGA 775, LGA1156, LGA1366 and AMD K8, AM2, AM2+, AM3 As we noted before, all sockets are supported but there is no LGA1156 backplate included.

Titan Fenrir: Specifications
(from the product web page)
Outline Dimension 124 x 107 x 156 mm
Fan Dimension 120 x 120 x 25 mm
Rated Voltage 12V DC
Rated Current 0.32 A
Power Consumption 3.84 W
Rated Speed 800 ~ 2150 ± 10% RPM
Airflow 33.20 ~ 78.41 CFM
Static Pressure 0.02 ~ 0.11 Inch H2O
Noise Level < 17.2 ~ < 39 dBA
Bearing Type Sleeve / One Ball & One Sleeve / Two Ball / Z-AXIS
Life Time 25,000 / 35,000 / 50,000 / 60,000 Hours


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