Titan Hati CPU Cooler Review
By Rafael Otto Coelho on February 4, 2011
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.
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.
In Figure 3, you can see the Titan Hati heatsink.
In the next pages, you will see this cooler in detail.
In Figure 4, you see the front of the heatsink. It uses a very popular design, with three U-shaped copper heatpipes.
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.
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.
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.
The 120 mm fan that comes with the Hati is a nine-blade model (kukri-shaped fan, according to Titan), with PWM support.
In Figure 9, you can see one of the fan holders. This kind of rubber holder absorbs the vibration produced by the fan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Finally, we need to attach the fan to the heatsink.
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.
Operating System Configuration
We adopted a 2 oC error margin, meaning temperature differences below 2 oC are considered irrelevant.
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.
Processor at Full Load
|Cooler||Room Temp.||Noise||Speed||Core Temp.||Noise||Speed||Core Temp.|
|Intel stock (socket LGA1156)||14 °C||44 dBA||1700 rpm||46 °C||54 dBA||2500 rpm||90 °C|
|Cooler Master Hyper TX3 G1||14 °C||47 dBA||2050 rpm||33 °C||56 dBA||2900 rpm||62 °C|
|Zalman CNPS10X Extreme||14 °C||45 dBA||1400 rpm||27 °C||53 dBA||1950 rpm||51 °C|
|Thermaltake Silent 1156||14 °C||44 dBA||1200 rpm||38 °C||49 dBA||1750 rpm||69 °C|
|Noctua NH-D14||14 °C||49 dBA||1250 rpm||27 °C||49 dBA||1250 rpm||53 °C|
|Zalman CNPS10X Performa||14 °C||46 dBA||1500 rpm||28 °C||52 dBA||1950 rpm||54 °C|
|Prolimatech Megahalems||14 °C||40 dBA||750 rpm||27 °C||60 dBA||2550 rpm||50 °C|
|Thermaltake Frio||14 °C||46 dBA||1450 rpm||27 °C||60 dBA||2500 rpm||50 °C|
|Prolimatech Samuel 17||14 °C||40 dBA||750 rpm||40 °C||60 dBA||2550 rpm||63 °C|
|Zalman CNPS8000A||18 °C||43 dBA||1400 rpm||39 °C||54 dBA||2500 rpm||70 °C|
|Spire TherMax Eclipse II||14 °C||55 dBA||2200 rpm||28 °C||55 dBA||2200 rpm||53 °C|
|Scythe Ninja3||17 °C||39 dBA||700 rpm||32 °C||55 dBA||1800 rpm||57 °C|
|Corsair A50||18 °C||52 dBA||1900 rpm||33 °C||52 dBA||1900 rpm||60 °C|
|Thermaltake Jing||18 °C||44 dBA||850/1150 rpm||34 °C||49 dBA||1300 rpm||60 °C|
|GlacialTech Alaska||18 °C||43 dBA||1150 rpm||36 °C||51 dBA||1600 rpm||60 °C|
|Deepcool Gamer Storm||18 °C||43 dBA||1100 rpm||35 °C||48 dBA||1600 rpm||62 °C|
|Corsair A70||26 °C||56 dBA||1900 rpm||40 °C||56 dBA||1900 rpm||65 °C|
|Deepcool Ice Blade Pro||23 °C||45 dBA||1200 rpm||38 °C||52 dBA||1500 rpm||64 °C|
|AC Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2||23 °C||47 dBA||1750 rpm||44 °C||51 dBA||2100 rpm||77 °C|
|Corsair H70||27 °C||60 dBA||1900 rpm||37 °C||60 dBA||1900 rpm||61 °C|
|Zalman CNPS9900 Max||27 °C||55 dBA||1600 rpm||38 °C||58 dBA||1750 rpm||63 °C|
|Arctic Cooling Freezer 11 LP||25 °C||45 dBA||1700 rpm||51 °C||49 dBA||1950 rpm||91 °C|
|CoolIT Vantage||26 °C||60 dBA||2500 rpm||37 °C||60 dBA||2500 rpm||62 °C|
|Deepcool Ice Matrix 600||25 °C||46 dBA||1100 rpm||41 °C||53 dBA||1300 rpm||69 °C|
|Titan Hati||26 °C||46 dBA||1500 rpm||40 °C||57 dBA||2450 rpm||68 °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.
The main features of the Titan Hati CPU cooler include:
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.