Titan Cool Idol CPU Cooler Review

gotdamojo06 - 2008-11-13 13:57:02 in CPU Cooling
Category: CPU Cooling
Reviewed by: gotdamojo06   
Reviewed on: December 15, 2008
Price: $48

Introduction:  

Are you looking for a new CPU cooler? Maybe yours is not giving you the performance that you wish it were, maybe you are still running the stock cooling solution that came with your processor and you want to begin your venture into the overclocking scene. Every overclocker knows that temperatures are one of the quickest ways to kill your hardware or make your overclock unstable. Well Titan may just have the solution that you are looking for with the release of their CoolIdol CPU Cooler. This cooler is a large heatsink & fan solution that has a total of six heatpipes integrated in its design. I am curious to see if this cooler is going to be able to play with the big dogs or not.

Closer Look:

The packaging for the Titan CoolIdol CPU cooler is quite a busy one as it has a whole bunch of information and pictures all over the place. The front of the package is where you are going to find not only the name of the cooler and it's logo but you are also going to be able to see a picture of the cooler. This is also where you are going to find a whole bunch of information about the CoolIdol; such as it has 6 heatpipes, it has a polished copper base, rubber fan push pins are installed, 12 CM fan, and much more. There is a slogan under the CoolIdol CPU Cooler logo, which reads "Quiet Performance with Maximum Cooling" which suggests that this cooler is going to be able to cool the hottest of processors while not making much noise at all. When you take a look at the back of the package, you are going to see the exact same picture of the CoolIdol and the logo on the top. The bottom section of this side is where you are going to find some of the highlighted features and pictures showing you what they look like and where these features are located. The next side is where you are going to find all of the CPU support information along with a graph showing you the dBA of this cooler vs. the stock Intel cooler as well as temperatures at 38°C ambient temperatures. The final side is where you are going to find installation instructions that are loaded with pictures again, along with a specification chart. 

 

 

 

 

When you open up the main packaging for the Titan CoolIdol CPU cooler, you are going to find a large clear plastic package to keep the CoolIdol in place during the shipping process. At the bottom of this molded plastic package, you are going to find a cardboard box that holds all of the accessories that you will need to use with the CoolIdol to install it on your system.

 

Inside the cardboard accessories box, you are going to find all sorts of different parts that are needed for the different popular CPU sockets that you may want to install the CoolIdol on. Included in this box, you will find a tube of thermal paste, in case you were out and need some for the installation, there is also a fan speed controller to manually control the fan speed. There are also the backing plates for both the Socket 775 installation as well as for the AMD sockets. For the installation on an AMD socket, you will need to replace the mounting hardware on heatsink itself. There are many different types of screws that are included and their use depends on the socket type you will be installing the CoolIdol on.

 

 

 

After taking a look at the packaging for the Titan CoolIdol CPU Cooler along with all the accessories that are included, I am quite anxious to see exactly what the cooler looks like and how she will perform.

Closer Look:

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!

Specifications:

 

Socket Type

Intel: LGA775
AMD: Socket AM2/940/939/754

Heatsink Material

Aluminum Fins + Copper Heatpipes & Base

Heatsink Dimensions

163 x 142.5 x 125 mm

Heatsink Heatpipes

6

Fan Dimensions

120 x 120 x 25 mm

Fan Speed

800-2200RPM (10% Varrance)

Fan Bearing Type

Z-Axis

Fan Noise Level

17~39 dBA

Fan connector

4 pin PWM

Fan Color

Black

Total Weight

667g

 

Features:

Testing:

To properly test the Titan CoolIdol, I will be monitoring the highest temperature of the processor at Idle (little to no CPU usage), and at full load (100% CPU usage). My idle test will be done by running the computer for thirty minutes and recording the maximum temperature during that time. I will be using OCCT:PK to simulate a full load. I will run a torture test for 30 minutes with the mixed (CPU and RAM) mode turned on, and gather the maximum temperature during this time. The temperature monitoring software that I will be using is Real Temp 2.60, as it reads all four cores, documents the maximum temperature for a period until you reset it, and most importantly, it reads the 45nm processor's temperatures correctly. I will be taking the four highest temperatures that were produced during the test, and report the average of the four cores. The stock test will be done using all of the stock settings for the Q9450 @ 2666MHz. During the overclocked tests, I will be using 410MHz FSB with an 8x multiplier to give me 3280MHz overclocked speed, with a vCore of 1.34v. All of the temperatures are measured in degrees Celsius. All testing with the Titan CoolIdol will be done at "High" fan speed settings.

Testing Setup:

 

Comparison Heatsinks:

NOTE: Some of the listed heatsinks were originally tested using an E6600; I recently re-tested and gathered new data after the switch from the E6600 to the Q9450. The new temperatures are represented in the graphs below.

 

 

 

 

 

Wow, I was very surprised to see that the Titan CoolIdol was able to beat out both the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme as well as the Cooler Master V8, even though it was by a degree or two, a win is still a win!

 

Conclusion:

The performance of the Titan CoolIdol CPU Cooler is quite amazing, it was able to beat out both the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme as well as the Cooler Master V8 CPU coolers, even through it was only a few degree difference between the three coolers, a win is still a win when the contest is the lowest temperature obtained. The overall design of the cooler not only looks good but it just screams that it is able to perform well. When I first pulled it out of the packaging, I was quite surprised with the build quality along with the obvious amount of time that was put into the design of the cooler. The dual heatsink design with the larger one above the smaller one sounded like a great idea and obviously worked quite well. The cooler was able to utilize all 6 copper heatpipes which allowed for the most heat to be transfered from the base of the cooler to the fins to be dissipated. The multi-platform design is always a good idea as it will add value and not attempt to single out only one socket type, allowing for more diverse usage of the cooler. The mounting hardware that was used with the CoolIdol was not only a good thing, sure it was sturdy and allowed the cooler to acquire the low temperatures it did but it was a challenge to install the cooler on the motherboard. The whole motherboard needed to be removed to install the cooler, for someone who is going to install the cooler one time and not change it, it is not a big deal, but for someone that is constantly swapping parts it does become a chore. The one downside to a lower temperature than other coolers is that the fan is probably going to be louder, and that is the case with this cooler; the sound was not a loud annoying fan scream, it was more just the air moving fast inside the case. of course manually controlling the fan will reduce this noise and some of the cooling capacity. The fit of the heatsink was fine but with memory modules that features advanced cooling you may have to change the orientation of the CoolIdol or uses different memory slots to make sure there is no interference.

I would suggest this cooler to anyone who is looking for a new cooler for their computer. It does not matter what you are going to using your computer for, if you are at all concerned with the temperature of your processor, this would be a great cooler for you. The added fan controller will help if you are concerned with the quietness of your computer. If you are going to be heavy into overclocking and overvolting your processor, this cooler will work well for you.

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