Titan Fenrir CPU Cooler Review
By Rafael Coelho on February 11, 2010


Introduction

Hardware Secrets Golden Award

Today we are testing another CPU cooler from Titan: Fenrir. It supports all available CPUs, has a tower design, four 8-mm U-shaped heatpipes and a 120 mm fan. Other coolers with similar design performed very well in our tests; will this cooler perform well too?

The sample we tested is actually the "X'mas Edition" model. The only difference between this version and the standard one is the fin color.

Titan Fenrir box is actually a plastic blister, as you can see in Figure 1. The disadvantage of this packaging is that once opened you cannot close it back again.

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Figure 1: Box.

Inside the box we found the heatsink, the fan (not installed), installation hardware, user manual and a small vacuum-sealed tube of thermal compound.

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Figure 2: Box contents.

In the next pages we will see the cooler in details.

Titan Fenrir - Part 1

In Figure 3 we can have a front view of the heatsink from Fenrir. It's a classic design, with four heatpipes bent in a "U" shape and a tower of aluminum fins. Although common, this design has been proving to be very efficient.

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Figure 3: Front view.

In Figure 4 we can see the heatsink from the side. Note how the heatpipes are thick (8 mm in diameter). We can also see the color of the fins on this X'mas Edition: top and bottom ones are red, the middle ones are black and two silver fins between them. This pallete is beautiful, but we did not understand why these colors made the product a "X'mas Edition", since holiday decoration is tipically red and green.

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Figure 4: Side view.

In Figure 5, you can see Fenrir's top side. The tips from the heatpipes are exposed, with no caps covering them.

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Figure 5: Top view.

Titan Fenrir - Part 2

In Figure 6 we see the base of the cooler, with heatpipes in direct contact with the CPU. This base is smooth but with no mirrored finishing.


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Figure 6: Base.
In Figure 7 we see Fenrir's 120 mm fan. It is made of plastic, with a metallic looks.

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Figure 7: Fan.
In Figure 8 we can see the other side of the fan. Note how the connector has four pins and thus has automatic speed control via PWM pin. An amazing detail is the meshed sleeving on the fan wire.

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Figure 8: Fan.

Titan Fenrir - Part 3

In Figure 9, you can see the cooler with its fan installed. It is attached to the heatsink using two metal wire clips. There is no vibration absorbing system, which is a pity. There is also no room for installing a second fan.

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Figure 9: Fan installed.
The "Royal Grease" thermal compound that comes with the cooler is vacuum-sealed, as you can see in Figure 10.

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Figura 11: Thermal compound.
In Figure 11, you can see the thermal compound syringe removed from the vacuum bag. It seems to be a good quality paste, but it is a pity that the cooler comes with only 1 gram of it, which is barely enough for two applications. In this figure you can also see the power adapter that comes with Fenrir, allowing you to connect it to a three-pin motherboard connector (with no PWM control). This adapter reduces the speed of the fan, so it won't spin at its full rotation, which happens if you connect a four-pin fan at a three-pin motherboard connector directly.

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Figura 12: Thermal compound and power adapter.

Installation

In Figure 12, you can see the installation hardware. The backplate at the top left of the image is intended to be used with socket LGA1366, and the right one fits sockets 775, AM3, AM2+, AM2, 939 and 754. For socket LGA1156 there is no backplate, you just need to pass four screws through the motherboard holes, and the use of this cooler with this kind of motherboard can bend the board. The H-shaped clip goes over the cooler base and fits all sockets.

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Figure 12: Installation hardware.

In Figure 13 we see our socket LGA775 motherboard with the cooler supports installed. After that, you just need to put the cooler on the CPU, fitting the H-shaped clip over the base and attaching it with four thumbscrews. Fenrir is relatively easy to install and remains steady in place.

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Figure 13: Socket LGA775 holders.

In Figure 14 we can see Fenrir installed on our motherboard.

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Figure 14: Installed on the motheboard.

In Figure 15, you can see the cooler inside our case.

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Figure 15: Installed in our case.

How We Tested

We are adopting the following methodology for our CPU cooler reviews.

First, we chose the CPU with the highest TDP (Thermal Design Power) we had available, a Core 2 Extreme QX6850, which has a 130 W TDP. The choice for a CPU with a high TDP is obvious. To measure the efficiency of the tested cooler, we need a processor that gets very hot. This CPU works by default at 3.0 GHz, but we overclocked it to 3.33 GHz, in order to heat it as much as possible.

We took noise and temperature measurements with the CPU idle and under full load. In order to achieve 100% CPU load on the four processing cores we ran Prime95 with the "In-place Large FFTs" option, and three instances of the StressCPU program, all at the same time.

We also compared the reviewed cooler to the Intel stock cooler (with copper base), which comes with the processor we used, and also with some other coolers we have tested using the same methodology.

Temperature measurements were taken with a digital thermometer, with the sensor touching the base of the cooler, and also with the core temperature reading (given by the CPU thermal sensor) from the from the SpeedFan program, using an arithmetic average of the four core temperature readings.

The sound pressure level (SPL) was measured with a digital noise meter, with its sensor placed 4" (10 cm) from the fan. We turned off the video board cooler so it wouldn't interfere with the results, but this measurement is only for comparative purposes, because a precise SPL measurement needs to be made inside an acoustically insulated room with no other noise sources, which is not the case here.

Hardware Configuration

Software Configuration

Software Used

Error Margin

We adopted a 2 °C error margin, i.e., temperature differences below 2 °C are considered irrelevant.

Our Tests

On the tables below you can see our results. We ran the same tests with the coolers shown on below tables. Each test ran with the CPU idle and the with the CPU fully loaded. On BigTyp 14Pro, TMG IA1, NH-U12P and ISGC-300 the tests were done with the fan at full speed and at minimum speed. The other coolers were connected directly to the motherboard and it controls the fan speed based on CPU load level and temperature on PWM models. ISGC-400, iCEAGE Prima Boss, Megahalems Rev. B and Thermaltake SpinQ VT were tested at minimum speed on idle test and at maximum speed on full load test.

CPU Idle

CoolerRoom Temp.NoiseFan SpeedBase Temp.Core Temp.
Intel stock14 °C44 dBA1000 rpm31 °C42 °C
BigTyp 14Pro (min)17 °C47 dBA880 rpm29 °C36 °C
BigTyp 14Pro (max)17 °C59 dBA1500 rpm26 °C34 °C
Akasa Nero18 °C41 dBA500 rpm26 °C35 °C
Cooler Master V1014 °C44 dBA1200 rpm21 °C26 °C
TMG IA1 (max)16 °C47 dBA1500 rpm22 °C30 °C
TMG IA1 (min)16 °C57 dBA2250 rpm21 °C30 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme16 °C44 dBA1200 rpm21 °C29 °C
Thermaltake ISGC-10018 °C44 dBA1450 rpm35 °C49 °C
Noctua NH-U12P (low)15 °C42 dBA1000 rpm20 °C30 °C
Noctua NH-U12P15 °C46 dBA1400 rpm20 °C28 °C
Noctua NH-C12P17 °C46 dBA1400 rpm23 °C28 °C
Thermaltake ISGC-20021 °C43 dBA1100 rpm31 °C35 °C
Schythe Kabuto22 °C42 dBA800 rpm29 °C34 °C
Arctic Cooling Alpine 11 Pro20 °C43 dBA1500 rpm32 °C39 °C
ISGC-300 (min)18 °C42 dBA800 rpm26 °C30 °C
ISGC-300 (max)18 °C46 dBA1400 rpm24 °C26 °C
SilverStone NT06-E21 °C66 dBA2600 rpm30 °C41 °C
Zalman CNPS9700 NT22 °C48 dBA1700 rpm28 °C35 °C
Scythe Mugen-2 17 °C41 dBA 700 rpm25 °C30 °C
ISGC-400 (min)17 °C44 dBA850 rpm24 °C30 °C
Cooler Master Vortex 75220 °C48 dBA1700 rpm32 °C44 °C
iCEAGE Prima Boss (min)22 °C42 dBA1000 rpm29 °C36 °C
Evercool Buffalo17 °C51 dBA1850 rpm22 °C29 °C
Scythe Big Shuriken20 °C42 dBA900 rpm31 °C39 °C
Cooler Master Hyper TX321 °C44 dBA1700 rpm30 °C39 °C
Titan Skalli20 °C43 dBA1200 rpm27 °C34 °C
Prolimatech Megahalems Rev. B21 °C40 dBA800 rpm28 °C32 °C
Zalman CNPS9900 NT23 °C45 dBA900 rpm30 °C34 °C
Cooler Master Hyper N62021 °C44 dBA1200 rpm28 °C34 °C
Nexus LOW-7000 R223 °C46 dBA1400 rpm33 °C42 °C
Evercool HPK-10025EA20 °C54 dBA1900 rpm27 °C34 °C
Evercool HPH-9525EA23 °C50 dBA1900 rpm38 °C49 °C
iCEAGE Prima Boss II23 °C42 dBA1000 rpm29 °C35 °C
Thermaltake SpinQ VT24 °C45 dBA950 rpm32 °C39 °C
Titan Fenrir21 °C42 dBA950 rpm29 °C35 °C

CPU Fully Loaded

CoolerRoom Temp.NoiseFan SpeedBase Temp.Core Temp.
Intel stock14 °C48 dBA1740 rpm42 °C100 °C
BigTyp 14Pro (min)17 °C47 dBA880 rpm43 °C77 °C
BigTyp 14Pro (max)17 °C59 dBA1500 rpm35 °C70 °C
Akasa Nero18 °C48 dBA1500 rpm34 °C68 °C
Cooler Master V1014 °C54 dBA1900 rpm24 °C52 °C
TMG IA1 (max)16 °C47 dBA1500 rpm27 °C63 °C
TMG IA1 (min)16 °C57 dBA2250 rpm25 °C60 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme16 °C51 dBA1900 rpm24 °C50 °C
Thermaltake ISG-10018 °C50 dBA1800 rpm58 °C93 °C
Noctua NH-U12P (low)15 °C42 dBA1000 rpm28 °C59 °C
Noctua NH-U12P15 °C46 dBA1400 rpm25 °C54 °C
Noctua NH-C12P17 °C46 dBA1400 rpm37 °C76 °C
Thermaltake ISGC-20021 °C48 dBA1900 rpm42 °C68 °C
Scythe Kabuto22 °C47 dBA1200 rpm38 °C63 °C
Arctic Cooling Alpine 11 Pro20 °C51 dBA2300 rpm49 °C85 °C
ISGC-300 (min)18 °C42 dBA800 rpm36 °C64 °C
ISGC-300 (max)18 °C46 dBA1400 rpm31 °C56 °C
SilverStone NT06-E21 °C66 dBA2600 rpm39 °C96 °C
Zalman CNPS9700 NT22 °C56 dBA2600 rpm34 °C63 °C
Scythe Mugen-2 17 °C46 dBA 1300 rpm 28 °C54 °C
ISGC-400 (max)17 °C47 dBA1400 rpm36 °C69 °C
Cooler Master Vortex 75220 °C55 dBA2300 rpm48 °C92 °C
iCEAGE Prima Boss (max)22 °C53 dBA2000 rpm35 °C59 °C
Evercool Buffalo17 °C51 dBA1850 rpm32 °C67 °C
Scythe Big Shuriken20 °C50 dBA1500 rpm51 °C85 °C
Cooler Master Hyper TX321 °C53 dBA2700 rpm39 °C66 °C
Titan Skalli20 °C47 dBA1550 rpm37 °C69 °C
Prolimatech Megahalems Rev. B21 °C61 dBA2600 rpm30 °C51 °C
Zalman CNPS9900 NT23 °C56 dBA2000 rpm34 °C54 °C
Cooler Master Hyper N62021 °C50 dBA1650 rpm32 °C56 °C
Nexus LOW-7000 R223 °C53 dBA1900 rpm45 °C74 °C
Evercool HPK-10025EA20 °C54 dBA1900 rpm39 °C69 °C
Evercool HPH-9525EA23 °C50 dBA1900 rpm58 °C100 °C
iCEAGE Prima Boss II23 °C56 dBA2100 rpm32 °C56 °C
Thermaltake SpinQ VT24 °C52 dBA1500 rpm40 °C68 °C
Titan Fenrir21 °C50 dBA1600 rpm33 °C58 °C

The next graph shows how many degrees Celsius the CPU core was hotter than room temperature during our idle tests.

 Titan Fenrir

The next graph gives you an idea on how many degrees Celsius the CPU core was hotter than room temperature during our full load tests.

 Titan Fenrir

Main Specifications

Titan Fenrir main features are:

* Researched at frozencpu.com on the day we published this review.

Conclusions

Our first impression after seeing the package from Titan Fenrir was not so good, due to the plastic blister box. Opening it, however, our opinion quickly changed: the cooler looked very nice, mostly due to the "X'mas Edition" heatsink colors. It really looked like a high-performance cooler.

Our tests have shown that at least this time what we saw was what we got: its performance was compatible with the best coolers we've already tested and its noise level was very acceptable. It is priced on the same range of its competitors and the installation system does the job.

The color scheme of the "X'mas Edition" looks very nice, even considering that it seems to be just a red fin cooler when looked from outside a case with a transparent side window. Anyway, it is a beautiful cooler with a dashing looks.

So, there is only one possible conclusion: Titan Fenrir is an excellent cooler and it deserves the Hardware Secrets Golden Award.

Originally at http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Titan-Fenrir-CPU-Cooler-Review/922


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