Asus Triton 77 ReviewClayMeow - June 3, 2008
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The Asus Triton 77 heatsink is similar in design to some of the heatpipe based coolers on the market. Where it differs from those other coolers, is the updraft design. What this means is that the installed fan pushes air up and away from the CPU socket and motherboard. How this is accomplished, is by mounting the fan on the underside of the fin assembly to a shroud that directs all of the fans airflow through the fin array. There are 5 heatpipes used to draw the heat away from the CPU via the contact surface, which in turn carries the heat to the fin array to be dispersed into the air and out of the chassis. Embossed on the front of the heatsink is the Triton fork, as well as a tribal design that looks cool.
The base plate on the Triton is not the smoothest I have seen. The machining marks left by the manufacturing process are coarse enough to be felt with a fingernail run across the grain of the cutting. Definately room for improvement there. Though I must say this is not the worst example of this I have seen.
The fan used to help eliminate the heat load is manufactured by Sunon. It is a 92mm x 25mm fan using seven blades. This fan is a MagLev design and is rated to push 39 CFM at 2200 rpm. Noise is stated as 28db. MagLev fans are quieter because they use magnetic field to keep the fan spinning in a perfect circle, not really making contact with the bearings. Therefore, the high speed (relatively) and low noise go hand in hand.
Hardware to adapt the Triton 77 for use with both an AMD and Intel platform is included. A tube of thermal paste and screws to mount the Intel based mounting brackets is included. Since this CPU cooler will be tested on an Intel platform, I will show the Intel hardware installed as well. The Intel mounting hardware uses the stock Intel pushp pin design so removal of the motherboard is not required to mount The Triton 77.
Now let's see what the Triton can do.