ASUS Triton 85 Review

gotdamojo06 - 2008-05-29 22:55:51 in CPU Cooling
Category: CPU Cooling
Reviewed by: gotdamojo06   
Reviewed on: July 3, 2008


Have you been looking for a new cooler for your processor? Do you have one of the newer 45nm technology processors that are the must have? Maybe you have a nice cooler for your processor but the temperatures that you are getting are a little higher than you want or getting close. Well, ASUS may just have a great solution to your problem, the newly released cooler called the ASUS Triton 85 CPU Cooler. This cooler utilizes the older and well proven designs of having a base with the fins hovering over with the heat pipes on the side of the Triton 85. The ASUS Triton 85 not only is designed around a well-proven design, it also boasts a large 120mm fan that is supposed to the most silent 120mm cooler on the market. I am interested to see what it looks like and how well it will perform, so let's get to it.  

Closer Look:  

The packaging that encases the ASUS Triton 85 boasts a very bright and distinctive front, there are all sorts of colors from lime green to black. At the top of the package there is the ASUS logo, with the "Rock Solid. Heart Touching" slogan directly underneath it. More toward the bottom right hand corner is the first glimpse of the Triton 85. The cooler is shown off at a nice angle that allows you to see all of the design aspects of the cooler. The bottom hosts the Triton 85 name with the pitch fork logo coming out of the "I." Under the Triton 85 logo, you are able to see a promise from ASUS saying that the Triton 85 has the "Quietest 120mm Fan Cooling at only 16dBA." The next side of the box has a nice picture of the ASUS Triton 85 installed on a motherboard with arrows showing you how the fan works and how the air is supposed to flow. Above that picture is where you are going to find listed some of the features of the Triton 85. The back of the package is where you are going to find all of the specifications for the Triton 85; the same picture from the front has been shrunken and placed in the upper right hand corner. When you look at the last side, you are going to be able to see some more features of the cooler.  




Enough looking at the box, I want to see what this cooler looks like. I am very anxious because of the ASUS name, the company usually has very high quality products. When you take the ASUS Triton 85 out of the box, you are able to see that ASUS packed it in a clear molded plastic to keep it safe from the shipping process. Inside of the package you will also find an installation guide for the Triton 85 that will help you install the mounting hardware.  


Speaking of the mounting hardware, for the ASUS Triton 85 it is located in the black cardboard box that was packed in the plastic molding holding the unit. When you open this package up, you are going to see the AMD and Intel mounting hardware. There is also a tube of ASUS's thermal compound in case you do not have any laying around, and four little screws that you need to use to mount the socket 775 hardware.  


Now that we know what the packaging for the ASUS Triton 85 looks like and exactly what is inside of it, let's take a detailed look at the cooler itself.

Closer Look:  

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.  





Socket Type

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

Heatsink Material

Pure Copper Base & heatpipes; Aluminum Fins

Heatsink Dimensions

137 x 120 x 132mm

Heatsink Heatpipes


Fan Dimensions

120 x 120 x 25mm

Fan Speed

1400 (10% variance)

Fan Bearing Type


Fan Noise Level

16 dBA

Fan connector

4 pin PWM

Fan Colr

Clear Black

Total Weight





To properly test the ASUS Triton 85, I will need to record temperatures during both idle time (little to no CPU usage), as well as during full load (100% CPU usage). I will be using SpeedFan 4.33 to gather the temperatures of the CPU cores. I will be using OCCT:PK to simulate the full load testing, and run it for thirty minutes. I will let the computer sit and cool down for thirty minutes before gathering the idle temperatures. I will be testing the processor at both stock speeds with stock voltage settings, as well as overclocked speeds of 3.6GHz, with the voltage increased to 1.46 volts. All of the temperatures are measured in degrees Celsius.  

Testing Setup:


Comparison Heatsinks:





As you can see in the graphs above, the ASUS Triton 85 CPU Cooler did pretty well when compared against the other coolers in its bracket. It did fall short when compared against many of the full size solutions that it was compared against.



The ASUS Triton 85 CPU Cooler is not only a great looking piece of hardware that you could get to help cool that processor of yours, which keeps overheating from the stock cooling solution, it is also able to run very quietly, between 16 and 25dBa. I was very impressed with how silent the Triton 85 was; when it comes to some of the other 120mm CPU coolers that are out on the market, the Triton 85 seemed to be the most silent. Even with the silent operation of the cooler, it was able to keep the processor from overheating and kept it pretty cool when compared to some of the other coolers. When you put it up against some of the other proven coolers, especially the other 120mm HSF Solution, it did not triumph, though it did hang in there at just a few degrees higher. This could be because of the size of the copper base; I am uncomfortable with the base being the exact same width as the IHS on my E6600. The other possible reason is because of the tool-less installation solution, while this is a plus because you do not have to worry about over-tightening the cooler to the motherboard and cracking it, the pressure of the cooler being connected to the processor could be low, resulting in a not as good tight contact between the two surfaces. I was very impressed with the overall look of the Triton 85, as well as the fact that the base and the heatpipes were made out of copper, which is always a good thing to use when it comes to cooling a hot item. I would suggest the ASUS Triton 85 to anyone who is looking for a new cooler to upgrade to, especially if they are coming from a stock cooler and are not going to be overclocking the processor very aggressively.