Asus Triton 77 Review

ClayMeow - 2008-01-31 09:51:05 in CPU Cooling
Category: CPU Cooling
Reviewed by: ClayMeow   
Reviewed on: June 3, 2008
Price: $44.99


So you have gotten that new rig put together and are looking for an after-market heatsink to keep the temperature demons at bay. Just what do you do? There are so many on the market, it makes your head swim. Fan sizes ranging from 80mm to 140mm, heatpipes in all manner of configurations, copper, aluminum and hybrids. So, what is best for you? It all really comes down to performance and/or noise for most people. If you are staying with a stock (choke, cough, spit) system and need some piece of mind, a quiet replacement would be just fine. How about the all-out overclocker that pushes the limits? Noise falls to the wayside as just another item that does not matter in the quest for those last few MHz. So where does the Asus Triton 77 fall between these two extremes? Let's see if it belongs with the stock replacement crowd, or whether it can meet the demands of the enthusiast.

Closer Look:

The Asus Triton 77 comes in a standard retail package. The front panel shows the heatsink rushing to the forefront. The rear panel lists the specifications. The left panel highlight the facts that the Triton 77 helps reduce VRM temperatures by ten to fifteen degrees Celsius. The right hand side discusses the additional features, such as the updraft design and push pin mounting.














Going into the box, the first thing you get to is the mounting hardware. Underneath this is the instruction manual. The Triton 77 is packaged in a plastic clamshell to keep the movement during transit to a minimum. This method appeared to work, since no damage occurred.



Once pulled from the confines of the packaging, the Asus Triton 77 includes a user manual, as well as the mounting hardware. Included are a means to attach the cooler using stock methods, so no modification is needed to complete the installation. Intel as well as AMD are covered.


Let's look a little closer at the Triton 77 to see whats included with this CPU cooler, as well as look into its parts.


Closer Look:

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.




CPU Support
Intel® Core™2 Extreme/ Core™2 Quad (Quad-Core)
Intel® Core™2 Duo/ Pentium® Dual Core/ Pentium® D (Dual-Core)
Intel® Core™2 Duo/ Pentium® Dual Core (Dual-Core)
AMD Athlon™ 64 FX
AMD Athlon™ 64 X2
AMD Athlon™ 64
AMD Sempron™
CPU Socket
Intel LGA 775
AMD 754/939/940
Dimensions (L x W x H)
90 (L) x 78 (W) x 125 (H) mm
Net Weight (g)
505 g
Heatsink Material
Cu. Base + Al. Fins + 5 Heat Pipes
Dimension (mm)
92 x 92 x 25
Bearing Type
4 Pin with PWM Control
2,300 rpm ± 10%
Max. Airflow
36.3 CFM
Max. Air Pressure
2.8 mm-H2O





To properly test the Asus Triton 77, 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 let the computer sit and cool down for 30 minutes before gathering the idle temperatures. To get my load temperatures, I will use Prime 95 version 25.5 running the small FFt test for 30 minutes. To gather my temperatures, I will use Core Temp version .99. The temperatures of the four cores will be averaged and this number will be the temperature recorded. 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 1.356 volts. All the temperatures are measured in degrees Celsius.

Testing Setup:


Comparison Heatsinks:





The Asus Triton did show improvement over the Intel stock heatsink under all of the load conditions. With the temperatures at the stock voltage settings, there was no clear benefit under idle conditions. Under load the the Triton and the Ninja performed equally, while leaving the Intel stock solution to wallow in the dust. Under the overclocked conditions, the Triton just could not keep up with the Ninja, though it did outperform the Stock solution. Running the Triton at much above stock settings put the temperature just a bit too high for my liking.




After the testing, I have come to the conclusion that the Triton 77 does better than the stock Intel cooling solution. It provided a temperature six degrees cooler under load when running the CPU at stock volts. Unfortunately, things get toasty quite fast when the voltages creep higher, to the tune of 73 Celsius under load when overclocked. This points out that this cooler is not for sustained high voltage, high clock speed operation. On the other hand, where it does do well is as a stock replacement cooler that provides an improvement in temperatures with no noise penalty. In fact, I could not even hear the fan running over the power supply that was used in the test setup - both are dead silent. I found myself reaching under the Triton 77 just to verify the fan was indeed running. The testing that was run was based on using a Quad core processor. The temperatures delivered should be better with a dual core processor, since the heat load is not as high, which should make the Triton 77 ideal for cooling those processors. If you need a silent cooling solution and are running at stock voltages or just above that threshold, the Triton 77 will provide a cooling benefit and reduce the temperatures of not only the CPU, but help in cooling the components surrounding the CPU socket. Modestly priced, it does what it is intended to do, just not when pushed to the extreme side of the envelope.