Titan Cool Idol CPU Cooler Reviewgotdamojo06 - December 15, 2008
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Taking a close look at the Titan CoolIdol CPU Cooler, the first thing that stands out to me is the large black plastic covering over the fins that proudly displays the company along with the model name, "Titan CoolIdol". The black plastic covering is going to help direct the airflow through the fins to help dissipate the air off of them as quickly and efficiently as possible. The next thing that stands out to me is the fact that the fin array is not perfectly flat, it is obviously slanted. This is again going to help with the airflow, allowing for more room to suck in fresh air to help cool the parts of the CoolIdol that are going to get hot such as the fins, base, and heatpipes. Taking a look at the cooler from the side angle, you are going to see that there are heatpipes arranged on both sides of the base, from this angle you are unable to see exactly what they are going to, but when you look at it from the other two sides, you can see that there are actually two heatsinks that work together to help cool the base. There is a larger outer heatsink that has the fan located atop of it, while there is a smaller one inside that has two heatpipes going to it to help cool the base quickly. The shape of the fin arrays are very unique as they make an "n" shape allowing for the heat to be dissipated towards the top more quickly.
Taking a look down from the top of the CoolIdol, you are going to see that there is a large fan that is installed on the top, it is positioned to suck fresh air in from the top and blow it down on the fins and all the way down to the base; this is going to help keep the temperature of the fins down to a minimum, which will help keep the temperature of the heatpipes down and ultimately the processor's cores' temperatures. Taking a look at the cooler from the bottom, you are going to see that the base is positioned in the lower right hand corner of the cooler, this is going to allow the air to pass right by the base as it is blown down. The base has been polished and is made up of pure copper, which will help with the temperatures.
The power connector for the fan is a 4pin PWM connector, allowing the motherboard to control the speed of the fan depending on the CPU temperature to help reduce the amount of energy used; if you do not wish to use this feature, all you have to do is plug it into a 3pin header on your motherboard. As it was mentioned before, the large fan mounted on the top is mounted via rubber mounts to reduce the amount of vibration and in turn the overall sound of the cooler will be more quiet.
I mentioned before that there are two different sets of heatpipes coming off of the base, these different sets go to the different fin arrays located on the cooler. The set of two heatpipes goes to the smaller heatsink located directly above the base, allowing for quick removal of the heat coming off of your processor. The other set of heatpipes includes four total, these all go to the larger heatsink that has the fan mounted to it, allowing for more heat to be dissipated from the base and quickly cooled by the fan. The base of the cooler is a machined copper base. While not a mirror smooth finish the machining looks worse than it feels.
After taking a nice and close look at the Titan CoolIdol CPU Cooler, I am ready to put it up against some of the other coolers that are out on the market and see where she falls!