Titan Fenrir Siberia Edition Reviewairman - March 26, 2012
» Discuss this article (13)
When I get any product to try out for the first time, I usually expect to see something that makes sense, is easy to use, and works well for its value. Sometimes I get what I expect, sometimes my expectations are exceeded, and other times I get let down. Now usually, I get what I want, and it's rare that I get let down. With the Titan Fenrir Siberia, I can say that I got a little bit of a surprise and a little bit of a letdown. While doing preliminary research of the cooler, it doesn't look nearly as big as it does in pictures than it actually is in person. The construction of the cooler is good, and it's design is simple. I like the elevation difference between the horizontal heatpipes and the motherboard which leaves plenty of room for tall memory heatsinks. On paper, the heatsink works well and I'm sure in ideal situations it can handle loads of heat — which it shows us a little bit by its results. When I mean that it works well on paper, I mean that it looks good on the designers' computer screens and in whatever raw heat analysis/baselining that Titan may do for new products. However, when you go to put that in a case where there may be limited access to install it, the user-friendliness level goes down by quite a few notches!
I really wish I didn't have to see new, promising products that have such big (no pun intended) flaws. Yes, the cooler fits in the case. However in order to make that happen, I had to remove the rear exhaust fan for it to fit at all and the video card and memory modules had to go so I could get my hands in an area where I could contort them enough to tighten the mounting hardware down. Only one nut can be barely accessed by a screwdriver without the need for some fancy, swivel/knuckle tools and all sorts of extensions. The fan clips barely hang on to the cooler at all, and I was lucky to not have any of the fans try to fly away during the Siberia's testing. I feel like a lot was overlooked and hurried in the development of this cooler.
Typically speaking, I can generally justify the purchase of most any product, as products are designed with the requirement to satisfy a need. In the case of the Titan Fenrir Siberia Edition, it's main selling point, or need-solver, is that a product of its operation is airflow supplied to motherboard components. This airflow keeps components cooler than they would usually be which is true. But by how much does it help? Is the massive size, clunky installation, and mediocre performance worth it for a little bit of warm air to blow outwards from the CPU socket? Maybe for some people! In reality, the only thing that makes this cooler so huge is the horizontal fin group. By using the same exact fins and making groups both vertical, installation would be drastically easier, its size and overall footprint would be much smaller, and would require must less production cost (bending those heatpipes at so many angles can be costly).
Overall, I like the idea of the Titan Fenrir Siberia Edition, I merely wish that it could be a little smaller and easier to install. I also think a higher quality heatpipe to base interface (large gaps between the interior surfaces) could have improved the performance. For a price of $79.99, it's a big pill to swallow — especially with something that's not an outstanding performer (compared to other $80+ coolers), is heavy, and takes up every bit of room above and around the CPU. The main benefits with the Titan Fenrir Siberia Edition is that you can run a high-end cooler without worrying about ground-clearance and the additional airflow around motherboard components that you get. In the end, it's up to the buyer as to whether or not its worth the balance of price, performance, and ground clearance!
- Included fans are quiet
- Downward fan cools motherboard components
- High ground clearance for a cooler of its size
- Flat, high-quality base surface
- Very large
- In-case installation very difficult
- Performance lower than expected for its size
- Fan retention method needs work