ASUS Triton 85 Reviewgotdamojo06 - July 3, 2008
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The ASUS Triton 85 utilizes a very well proven design in the past which has the heatpipes coming from the base and going into a large array of fins hovering above the base and blowing cold air down onto the base through the fins. When you take a look at the Triton 85, you are able to see that ASUS had to put a supporting bracket connecting the fins to the base to help keep it stable and help keep the weight from crushing the heatpipes. The way the fins are situated in a "n" shape allows for more surface area, which allows for more heat dissipation. The 120mm fan that is located on top of the fins makes this cooler look complete and like something that will be able to cool one of the newer, hotter processors very well. The fins look to be a little taller than the 120mm fan. You can see that the four heatpipes go from the base and go all the way through the bank of fins and stick out a little at the front of the cooler. The back of the cooler shows you a great idea of how the heatpipes are spaced out between the fins, allowing for more heat to be picked up by the fins.
When you take a look at the ASUS Triton 85 from an overhead view, you are able to see that the clear-ish, black-ish fan really flows with the overall design of the cooler. The ASUS fan grill will keep any wandering wires from falling into the fan and messing up any of the blades or just stopping the fan all together, which would not be good. The 120mm fan does cover all of the 54 fins and actually extends off of the fins a few millimeters in the front and back. When looking from it from the bottom, you are able to see that the base is a rectangle, being longer than it is wide. The width of the base is the same width as the top of an Intel Core 2 Duo's IHS. The base is very smooth and seems to be flat, which will allow for optimal heat transfer between the two surfaces.
Still looking at the bottom of the Triton 85, you can see how the mounting hardware is installed. This is a very simple process, all you need to do is hold the bracket and put the two screws through the holes and tighten down. When you take a look at the cooler with the mounting hardware installed, you can see that it does look very sleek and looks like a cooler that can do its job. The mounting hardware that came with the ASUS Triton 85 features the tool-less installation technology similar to the stock Intel HSF.