Titan Dragonfly 4 Reviewred454 - December 3, 2013
Category: CPU Cooling
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Titan Dragonfly 4 Introduction:
Titan started out in 1989 under the name of Sogic Computer Co., Ltd., and in 1992 the name was changed to Titan Computer Co., Ltd. Over the years it has built an impressive line of accessory coolers, CPU coolers, and fans. There is even an IP55-rated dust and waterproof fan! Titan has released two new coolers: the Dragonfly 3 and the Dragonfly 4. The Dragonfly 3 uses three heat pipes and a 90mm fan, while the Dragonfly 4 uses four heat pipes and a 120mm fan. Today we're reviewing the Dragonfly 4.
The CPU cooler is a critical piece of hardware. It has an important job to do, and while the stock cooler may be adequate for casual use, more rigorous demands generate more heat. And the cooler works hard to transfer that heat away from your CPU from the moment you hit the On button and the fans start spinning. Two characteristics that are common to large, bulky coolers are the weight and sheer size. They are typically heavy enough to really put a load on the motherboard, and the space that they occupy often covers RAM slots and makes access to fan headers and CPU power cables nearly impossible. But the Dragonfly may be able to push these issues to the side with its small size and light weight. We will see if a small cooler can get the job done.
Titan Dragonfly 4 Closer Look:
The box carries a blue and white color scheme, the front shows the front and back of the cooler, and of course there is a namesake dragonfly that has landed on top of the cooler. Below the graphics are some of the product highlights, including the 160W thermal capacity and the socket compatibility. The back side of the box shows the features in eight languages, and also has the specifications at the bottom. The right side of the box shows the features (slim, silent, and power saving) along with some nice pictures and graphics of the cooler. The English translations are a little hard to follow at first, but after you see the pictures, you can understand the intended meaning. The entire left side of the box shows a rather complete list of the socket coverage and further breaks down the sockets into no less than 60 CPU models.
The top of the box has the TITAN logo and Dragonfly 4 text in black, which stands out against the white background. Open the box and the Dragonfly 4 is firmly packed along with the hardware box, but there is no other internal packing around the fan or head sink - no formed foam nest or cardboard buffer. With no internal packing, it looks like it wouldn't take much rough handling or an external impact to damage the cooler, but it has arrived with no problems. After the Dragonfly 4 is pulled out of the box, you can see that there is a small cardboard cradle that fits around the base. This protects it and keeps the base from shifting around in the main box. It easily pops off.
The accessory bundle includes hardware to mount the Dragonfly 4 into all of the current sockets from AMD and Intel, including socket 2011; the fan mounting brackets; thermal paste; and two extra clips to add a second optional fan. The instruction set is printed on one side, and is mostly graphics, but it is easy to follow.