Titan Hati CPU Cooler Review
By Rafael Coelho on February 4, 2011


Introduction

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This time we are reviewing the Hati CPU cooler from Titan (a.k.a. TTC-NC15TZ), which has three 8-mm heatpipes, a tower heatsink and a 120 mm fan. Check it out!

The Titan Hati is actually a smaller version of the Titan Fenrir CPU cooler, which we have already reviewed.

The Hati box is small and simple, as you can check in Figure 1.

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Figure 1: Package

In Figure 2, you can see what comes in the box: heatsink, fan, installation parts, thermal compound and manual. The Hati comes with only one fan, but it accepts two 120 mm fans.

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Figure 2: Accessories

In Figure 3, you can see the Titan Hati heatsink.

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Figure 3: The Hati heatsink

In the next pages, you will see this cooler in detail.

The Titan Hati

In Figure 4, you see the front of the heatsink. It uses a very popular design, with three U-shaped copper heatpipes.

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Figure 4: Front View

In Figure 5, you can see the side of the heatsink. Even though it has three heatpipes, the heatsink is quite narrow. The tips of the fins are folded, so the side surface is closed: this creates an air tunnel inside the heatsink.

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Figure 5: Side view

In Figure 6, you check the top of the heatsink. Note how the fins are not rectangular. We can also see the fan mounting spaces, and the cooler support fans at both sides.

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Figure 6: Top view

The Titan Hati (Cont’d)

In Figure 7, you can see the base of the cooler. The heatpipes keep direct contact with the CPU, and the base is very smooth.

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Figure 7: Base

The 120 mm fan that comes with the Hati is a nine-blade model (kukri-shaped fan, according to Titan), with PWM support.

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Figure 8: Fan

In Figure 9, you can see one of the fan holders. This kind of rubber holder absorbs the vibration produced by the fan.

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Figure 9: Fan holder

In Figure 10, you can see the thermal compound tube and a power adapter (with puts a resistor in series with the fan motor, reducing its speed) that come with the cooler.

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Figure 10: Thermal compound and power adapter

Installation

In Figure 11, you can see the clip that holds the cooler on top of the CPU (on the left), the backplate for socket LGA775 and AMD CPUs (in the middle), and the socket LGA1366 backplate (on the right). For use with a socket LGA1155 or 1156 CPU, however, there is no backplate.

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Figure 11: Clip and backplates

The cooler is secured by four screws inserted from the solder side of the motherboard, shown in Figure 12. These screws hold four pegs on the component side of the motherboard, as shown in Figure 13.

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Figure 12: Screws on the solder side

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Figure 13: Pegs on the component side

After installing these screws and pegs, you need to install the CPU cooler on top of the CPU using the clip already shown in Figure 11, using four thumbnuts.

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Figure 14: The Hati instaled in our case

Finally, we need to attach the fan to the heatsink.

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Figure 15: The Hati instaled in our case

How We Tested

We tested the cooler with a Core i7-860 CPU (quad-core, 2.8 GHz), which is a socket LGA1156 processor with a 95 W TDP (Thermal Design Power). In order to get higher thermal dissipation, we overclocked it to 3.3 GHz (150 MHz base clock and 22x multiplier), keeping the standard core voltage (Vcore), which was the maximum stable overclock we could make with the stock cooler. Keep in mind that we could have raised the CPU clock more, but to include the stock cooler in our comparison, we needed to use this moderate overclock.

We measured noise and temperature with the CPU idle and under full load. In order to get 100% CPU usage in all threads, we ran Prime 95 25.11 (in this version, the software uses all available threads) with the "In-place Large FFTs" option.

We compared the tested cooler to the Intel stock cooler with a copper base (included with the CPU), as well as with other coolers. Note that in the past, we tested coolers with a socket LGA775 CPU, and we retested some "old" coolers with this new methodology. This means you can find different values in older reviews than the values you will read in the next page. Every cooler was tested with the thermal compound that accompanies it.

Room temperature measurements were taken with a digital thermometer. The core temperature was read with the SpeedFan program (available from the CPU thermal sensors), using an arithmetic average of the core temperature readings. During the tests, the left panel of the case was open.

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 case and video board cooler fans so they wouldn't interfere with the results. This measurement is only for comparison 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

Operating System Configuration

Software Used

Error Margin

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

Our Tests

The table below presents the results of our measurements. We repeated the same test on all coolers listed below. Each measurement was taken with the CPU at idle and at full load. In the models with a fan supporting PWM, the motherboard controlled the fan speed according to core load and temperature. On coolers with an integrated fan controller, the fan was set at the minimum speed on the idle test and at full speed on the full load test.

 

Idle Processor

Processor at Full Load

CoolerRoom Temp.NoiseSpeedCore Temp.NoiseSpeedCore Temp.
Intel stock (socket LGA1156)14 °C44 dBA1700 rpm46 °C54 dBA2500 rpm90 °C
Cooler Master Hyper TX3 G114 °C47 dBA2050 rpm33 °C56 dBA2900 rpm62 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme14 °C45 dBA1400 rpm27 °C53 dBA1950 rpm51 °C
Thermaltake Silent 115614 °C44 dBA1200 rpm38 °C49 dBA1750 rpm69 °C
Noctua NH-D1414 °C49 dBA1250 rpm27 °C49 dBA 1250 rpm53 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Performa14 °C46 dBA1500 rpm28 °C52 dBA1950 rpm54 °C
Prolimatech Megahalems14 °C40 dBA750 rpm27 °C60 dBA2550 rpm50 °C
Thermaltake Frio14 °C46 dBA1450 rpm27 °C60 dBA2500 rpm50 °C
Prolimatech Samuel 1714 °C40 dBA750 rpm40 °C60 dBA2550 rpm63 °C
Zalman CNPS8000A18 °C43 dBA1400 rpm39 °C54 dBA2500 rpm70 °C
Spire TherMax Eclipse II14 °C55 dBA2200 rpm28 °C55 dBA2200 rpm53 °C
Scythe Ninja317 °C39 dBA700 rpm32 °C55 dBA1800 rpm57 °C
Corsair A5018 °C52 dBA1900 rpm33 °C52 dBA1900 rpm60 °C
Thermaltake Jing18 °C44 dBA850/1150 rpm34 °C49 dBA1300 rpm60 °C
GlacialTech Alaska18 °C43 dBA1150 rpm36 °C51 dBA1600 rpm60 °C
Deepcool Gamer Storm18 °C43 dBA1100 rpm35 °C48 dBA1600 rpm62 °C
Corsair A7026 °C56 dBA1900 rpm40 °C56 dBA1900 rpm65 °C
Deepcool Ice Blade Pro23 °C45 dBA1200 rpm38 °C52 dBA1500 rpm64 °C
AC Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 223 °C47 dBA1750 rpm44 °C51 dBA2100 rpm77 °C
Corsair H7027 °C60 dBA1900 rpm37 °C60 dBA1900 rpm61 °C
Zalman CNPS9900 Max27 °C55 dBA1600 rpm38 °C58 dBA1750 rpm63 °C
Arctic Cooling Freezer 11 LP25 °C45 dBA1700 rpm51 °C49 dBA1950 rpm91 °C
CoolIT Vantage26 °C60 dBA2500 rpm37 °C60 dBA2500 rpm62 °C
Deepcool Ice Matrix 60025 °C46 dBA1100 rpm41 °C53 dBA1300 rpm69 °C
Titan Hati26 °C46 dBA1500 rpm40 °C57 dBA2450 rpm68 °C

In the graph below, at full load you can see how many degrees Celsius hotter the CPU core is than the air outside the case. The lower this difference, the better is the performance of the cooler.

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Main Specifications

The main features of the Titan Hati CPU cooler include:

Conclusions

The design used in the Titan Hati has proved to be simple and effective. The three 8-mm heatpipes directly touching the CPU, 120 mm fan and a heatsink with the sides closed seem to be the formula for a good CPU cooler.

The Titan Hati is, in fact, a good cooler. It has shown good performance, good noise level, and has a nice looks. Of course, it is not a super high-end cooler with insane cooling performance, but this is not what Titan was trying to accomplish with this product.

The only problem with the Hati is that we couldn't find it being sold, so we cannot say if it has a good price/performance ratio, which is one of the most important pieces of information you need to know when looking for a mainstream CPU cooler.

Originally at http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Titan-Hati-CPU-Cooler-Review/1193


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