Titan Fenrir TTC-NK85TZ (RB) ReviewRHKCommander959 - April 29, 2009
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Looking at the Fenrir from the front reveals some bent fins and the simple base with four large heatpipes running through, and grooves for the mounting bracket. The clearance from the lowest fin to the top of the base looks to be high enough to clear any motherboard heatsink or capacitor, while being short enough to fit into many computer cases. The side view shows the bent fins more, which are slid into place, where some companies solder theirs to the heatpipes. The pipes are angled away from each other as they rise from the base, spreading them out better into the fins for better dissipation.
The top fin shows off the Fenrir name and totem, along with stamped Titan company logo. The four heatpipes also poke through. Rotating around shows that all of the fins, including the bottom, are stamped the same as the very top. The fins are fairly reflective.
A sticker that must be removed prior to installation protects the bottom from dust, dirt, and scratches. The base has machining marks left behind, and has space between the copper heat pipes and aluminum block. The block is relatively flat, but lapping would help greatly, as should filling the central crevasses with the thermal paste.
The fan installation is fairly simple, looping the hooked ends into the fan's screw holes, and then sliding each wire into the grooves of the fins, on the side that is flatter than the opposing side. Air is likely to escape through the arched opening, so customizing something to fill the void on each side may help increase the Fenrir’s overall performance by forcing all of the airflow through the fins. The clips should also make mounting a larger 38mm fan easy.
With the Fenrir well examined, it's time to take a look at the technical specifications before checking to see how it does under the volley of tests!