ASUS Triton 78 Review

gotdamojo06 - 2008-07-30 23:03:48 in CPU Cooling
Category: CPU Cooling
Reviewed by: gotdamojo06   
Reviewed on: August 12, 2008
Price: $69.99


In the world of overclocking, you can never stop thinking about upgrading your system, whether it's a major upgrade or just a cooling device upgrade that will allow you to clock your processor higher. Well, many people who are just getting into the overclocking scene - and some of the seasoned professionals - are always looking at the new coolers to see if there is something out there that is better than what they currently have. With the release of the ASUS Triton 78, you may once again find yourself wanting to get a new cooler to chill your overclocked processor. Maybe you just have a processor that is running at stock settings and speeds, but the stock cooler from Intel is yielding quite warm temperatures that you are not happy with. Whatever your situation and reason to upgrade, you may want to consider the new ASUS Triton 78 CPU Cooler.

Closer Look:  

The first thing that everyone is going to be looking at is the packaging for the ASUS Triton 78, which seems to have the standard Triton series theme; it is black on all four sides, with similar information on all sides arranged in a very similar fashion. The front of the packaging shows a nice vivid picture of the cooler all by itself atop a digital artwork background that is a greenish-yellow color. The front is also very simple, the only words on it are the ASUS logo with the slogan "Rock Solid * Heart Touching" underneath. The bottom of the package is where you are going to find the name of the cooler, Triton 78, and under that it says that it has a 120mm fan designed for extreme cooling. This makes you believe that this product is going to be the best at cooling your processor. When you flip the package to the back, you are going to see the specifications chart, showing you all of the commonly displayed information about the cooler - including the size and weight, as well as fan information. There is another side with a white and gray chart showing the main features of the cooler in a few different languages. The last side is where you are going to find a few more features displayed above a picture of the cooler installed on a motherboard, with arrows showing you the way the air will flow through the cooler. Well, let's get inside this box and see what the cooler looks like and what comes with it.  




When you open up the package, you are going to find that ASUS has placed the Triton 78 in a molded plastic protector to keep the heatsink from being damaged during the shipping process. Inside of the packaging, there is a nice little user manual that will help you install the mounting hardware, and help you install the heatsink in your system, if the help is needed. There is a black cardboard box that is included in the packaging; this where all of the Triton 78's accessories are located, which include the two mounting brackets for the LGA 775 mounting, the AMD style mounting hardware,  a tube of ASUS thermal paste, and four screws for mounting the Intel brackets. 


Now that we know exactly what the ASUS Triton 78 looks like and what comes with it, let's take a look to see how the heatsink is constructed.  

Closer Look:  

When it comes to the build of the ASUS Triton 78, it has its own particular look that I have not seen before. Not only is it a single large tower that works to pull the heat off of your processor, it also has the design of two different heatsinks working together to remove as much heat as it possibly can. The Triton 78 has four heatpipes coming off of the base of the cooler that go though the array of 42 fins that fully encase a 120mm fan to suck in fresh air through one side and shoot it out the other side. This design is not something that I have seen before, and I am very curious to see how it will work. The front and back of the cooler look the same, and the sides look similar to each other; however, from the side you can see that there is a 120mm fan hidden between the two sections of the cooler. The fins are closed off on either side to keep any air from escaping or being sucked in through the sides, which could hurt the effectiveness of the cooler.  









I am very curious to see what the actual fan looks like, because looking at it while it is mounted between the two sections of the heatsink makes it very difficult to see. When you pull it out, you are able to see that it is indeed a case-less fan that only contains nine fins, as well as the motor to spin them. The fan is an Everflow Technology R121225SL 120x120x25mm. The specifications of this particular fan are quite impressive, the operating voltage is 7~13.2V,  while it is rated at 1500 RPMs to push about 66.55 CFM, with a static pressure of 1.42 mmH2O while operating around 30.5 decibels.



The last parts of the ASUS Triton 78 that I want to take a close look are the mounting hardware and the top of the cooler. The top of the cooler is where you are going to find out which way the fan is going to be blowing the air; this can be helpful when you are installing it in your system so that it's oriented like the other fans in your system. The mounting hardware that I am going to take a look at is the Intel type, as that is the kind of system that I am going to be installing it on. The two halves of the Intel mounting hardware are very simple to install; all you need to do is drop the four screws down through the four holes by the base of the cooler, and then hold the bracket behind the base and screw down tight - and you are done! Nice and simple installation is always good.  



Well, the cooler looks pretty impressive, as does the fan that is mounted between its, two different sections. I'm curious to see what the rest of the specifications, are as well as how well the Triton 78 will be able to hold up against some of the other coolers on the market.




Socket Type

Intel: LGA775
AMD: 939/940/AM2/AM2+/1207/1207+

Heatsink Material

Pure Copper heatpipes & Base; Aluminum Fins

Heatsink Dimensions

126 x 114 x 146mm

Heatsink Heatpipes


Fan Dimensions

120 x 120 x 25mm

Fan Speed

1300 RPM (10% Varrance PWM)

Fan Bearing Type

Sleeve Bearing

Fan Noise Level

18 dBA

Fan connector

4 pin

Fan Colr


Total Weight





To properly test the ASUS Triton 78 CPU Cooler, I will be monitoring the highest temperature of the processor at Idle (little to no CPU usage), and at full load (100% CPU usage). My idle test will be done by running the computer for thirty minutes and recording the maximum temperature during that time. I will be using OCCT:PK to simulate a full load. I will run a torture test for 30 minutes with the mixed (CPU and RAM) mode turned on, and gather the maximum temperature during this time. The temperature monitoring software that I will be using is Real Temp 2.60, as it reads all four cores, documents the maximum temperature for a period until you reset it, and most importantly reads the 45nm processors' temperatures correctly. I will be taking the four highest temperatures that were given off during the test, and report the average of the four cores. The stock test will be done using all of the stock settings for the Q9450 @ 2666MHz. During the overclocked tests, I will be using 410MHz FSB with an 8x multiplier to give me 3280MHz overclocked speed, on a vCore of 1.34v. All of the temperatures are measured in degrees Celsius.

Testing Setup:


Comparison Heatsinks:

NOTE: Some of the listed heatsinks were originally tested using an E6600; I recently retested and gathered new data after the switch from the E6600 to the Q9450. The new temperatures are represented in the graphs below.






When it came down to it, the performance of the ASUS Triton 78 was only beaten out by that of the Scythe Ninja 2 and the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme - which were both very close in performance. I was surprised that the way the Triton 78 was built actually worked, as I was somewhat skeptical about how well it would perform.



When it comes to looks and a different design for a CPU cooler, I think that the ASUS Triton is the perfect combination of both - as I have not seen a cooler that uses two separate towers connected to the same base with a fan built in between the two towers before. However, I was very surprised to see that ASUS' creation was unable to topple the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme. It did, however, give some of the other coolers - like the Scythe Shuriken and the ASUS Triton 85 - a run for their money, and beat them out when it came down to the raw temperatures. I have always been a fan of a large base on a cooler; it makes me feel more comfortable to see that the base can cover the entire IHS of the processor, and then some. The use of the four heatpipes (two per tower) is a great way to keep the temperatures lower than some of the other coolers that are out on the market. The Triton 78 also gained some extra points because of its multi-platform design, which allows it to be used on a large variety of different AMD socket types, as well as the Intel LGA 775 socket. Speaking of using different socket types, it was able to keep its tool-less installation promise - the only time I needed a screwdriver was to attach the mounting brackets to the base of the cooler. Unfortunately, the price of the cooler coming in at over the $60 mark does not bode well it, especially when it was unable to perform like the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme. I would, however, suggest this cooler to anyone who is looking for a nifty looking cooler that will be able to keep their processor cooler than some of the other coolers that are out on the market. As a replacement for that stock Intel heatsink, the Asus Triton 78 does what it's supposed to do, cool that processor.