Titan Hati Review

airman - 2010-12-08 12:47:29 in Cooling
Category: Cooling
Reviewed by: airman   
Reviewed on: January 23, 2011
Price: ~$40

Introduction:

Titan, as we all know, is very popular for its Fenrir series of coolers. For quite some time, the Fenrir TTC-NK85TZ was putting out some of the best numbers until it was more or less dethroned by the Noctua series that have been ruling the market. Even so, Titan is still a big competitor in the computer cooling market. Titan offers products such as heatsinks, VGA coolers, notebook coolers, and hard drive coolers. I recently discovered that the company also makes coolers and aftermarket fans for game consoles, as well as car AC power inverters. Operating under the Titan name for almost twenty years, Titan has continued to grow its company to over 500 employees and is capable of churning out two million units monthly. That is a staggering number!

So, we know the Taiwanese company has huge manufacturing capabilities, but can can it still make a good cooling product? In the hotseat today is another Fenrir series cooler, the Titan TTC-NC15TZ "Hati" heatsink. It looks to be a little sister of the original TTC-NK85TZ Fenrir, with one less heatpipe and a slightly smaller cross section. It does, however, have room for an extra fan, which the original Fenrir effectively did not due to the shape of the fins. The Hati is a direct contact heatpipe cooler that uses three massive 8mm heatpipes to quickly siphon many watts of heat away from the processor it is cooling. This review will feature a complete evaluation of the Titan TTC-NC15TZ Hati from unboxing, physical features, specifications, and an intense testing session on the latest hardware. Let's see how it does.

 

Closer Look:

The Hati is packaged in a glossy white box with the Titan logo at the top in front of a snowy mountainscape with a white wolf in the background (hence the name Fenrir, from Norse mythology). The Fenrir stamp is seen beside a picture of the cooler and underneath this is a list of the Hati's features. The right side of the box features a few pictures explaining some of the Hati's features, such as the direct contact heatpipes, the included fan, and the vibration reducing fan mounts. The rear of the package has the same list of features as the front, though they are in eight different languages. Finally, the left side of the box has a list of all the CPUs that the Titan Hati supports. Generally put, this is AMD AM3/AM2+/AM2 and Intel 1366/1156/775 compatible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Titan Hati is packaged with all the mounting hardware needed for both AMD and Intel sockets, two sets of noise dampening rubber fan mounts, the user's manual, and one 120mm "Kukri" fan. The Titan Hati seems to be very lightweight, thanks to its aluminum base and aluminum fins. There are nine blades on the Kukri fan, which looks like a lot, but is really no more than a lot of fans these days. The fan blades look more dense than usual because they have more curl to them, taking up more visible space through the blades themselves.

 

 

With the Titan Hati out of the box, it is now ready to be inspected under a close eye.

Closer Look:

The Titan Hati cooler is very comparable to the original Fenrir — it uses direct contact heatpipes, an aluminum base, and aluminum fins. Like the Fenrir, it has caps on top of the heatpipes to clean up the look of the cooler. The bottom of the Hati has a protective film that prevents anything from scratching the base during transit, which warns the user be sure to remove it before installing the cooler. Each fin of the Titan Hati has the Titan logo stamped into it, and cut into it is an aggressive and edgy design. It is a lightweight heatsink with a relatively small footprint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As I've stated, the Titan Hati uses three direct contact heatpipes. The exposed ends of each heatpipe have a metal cap on them to clean up the look of the heatsink. Typically, the ends of heatpipes that do not have caps on them are asymmetrical and do not look very appealing. Only a few manufacturers have done this, one of them being Titan - showing that Titan cares about the subtle things. Taking a close look at the base of the cooler shows a base that isn't mirror finished, but pretty good for a direct contact style. The gaps, however, are a little larger than average, which surprised me.

 

 

The fan used on the Titan Hati is a slim 120mm fan that uses a 4-pin PWM plug. Each fan is attached using the included rubber fan mounts that slide into the notches that are cut into the fins,and are secured through the screwholes of the fan in each of the four corners. There are enough of these rubber vibration dampening mounts to mount two fans, one on each side.

 

 

 

Installation of the Titan Hati is relatively easy. The backplate is configured for the correct socket and is installed through the back of the motherboard, to which the hold-down plate will clamp onto. I found that for best results, since it does not use a spring mechanism for mounting, it's important to adjust the torque on each of the four nuts to make sure the base is perfectly flush with the CPU. Not doing this correctly could cause the temperature to suffer by up to 7 or 8 degrees, even if all the nuts are tight. This was a little bit of a pain, but my goal is to produce the best results that I can!

Specifications:

Outline Dimension
130 x 80 x 160 mm
Fan Dimension
120 x 120 x 25 mm
Rated Voltage
12V DC
Rated Current
0.32A
Power Consumption
3.84W
Rated Speed
800~2200 +/- 10% RPM
Airflow
24~66 CFM
Static pressure
0.02~0.14 in/H2O
Noise Level
15~35 dBA
Connector
4-pin PWM function
Bearing Type
Z-AXIS
Lifetime
60,000 hours

 

Features:

 

Information provided courtesy of Titan @ http://www.titan-cd.com

Testing and Setup:

Testing of the heatsink will involve applying a load simulated by Prime95, using small FFTs in stock and overclocked scenarios. Both idle and load temperatures will be recorded. Load temperatures will be the maximum value displayed in RealTemp after running eight threads in Prime95 for one hour, and idle temperatures will be the minimum recorded value by RealTemp with no computer usage after one hour. The temperature values for each of the four cores will be averaged and displayed in the graphs below. The ambient temperature is held at a constant 22.5 °C throughout testing of the Titan Hati, as well as the comparison heatsinks. All the data shown in the graphs below is in degrees Celsius. The included Titan Platinum Grease will be used during testing, and thermal pastes as packaged from the other coolers were used with each heatsink, respectively. Titan provided an extra fan for review purposes of this heatsink. I will not be including the results from only one fan, as the average temperature was less than one degree higher with one fan compared to two. The fans on the Titan Hati will be run at full speed for these tests.

Testing Setup:

Comparison Heatsinks:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As I stated in the beginning of this page, Titan provided an extra fan to use a push/pull configuration for review purposes. I found that the extra fan did not make much of a performance increase for idle situations, and only pulled down the load temperature by a little more than a single degree. This may be a result of the high airflow in the HAF932 case, but I can't say for sure. Overall, the Titan Hati did quite well for its size.

Conclusion:

For the overall weight and size of this cooler, the Titan TTC-NC15TZ performs quite well and comes close with the big dogs, such as the Noctua NH-D14 and the Zalman CNPS9900 MAX. It uses a very simple, minimalistic design that helps achieve its light weight. The massive 8mm direct contact heatpipes definitely accelerate the cooling power of this heatsink and help it keep up with the gracious amount of heat that the overclocked i7 920 processor puts out. Granted, judging by the performance of the overclocked load test, anything more than a medium overclock might give it trouble. The reason I say this is because of its small mass and low fin density.

The Titan Hati is a good choice for those who want a mild overclock with a well-performing, medium noise, cooling solution. It is far from silent and louder than many at full speed, but it isn't unbearable at 35dBA. I expected the Titan Hati to be very close to the Fenrir, which has one extra heatpipe, and I'll say that it came near it. If it becomes available at or less than around $40 retail, then the Hati wouldn't be a terrible option versus the Fenrir. Don't expect to be blown away by extreme performance, but you can certainly expect some Fenrir heritage with this cooler. If you're wanting something average and middle of the line, the Hati is perfect. Mid-range cost and mid-range performance at a mid-range noise level is what you'll get with the Titan TTC-NC15TZ Hati. If you're an average kind of person, it's perfect for you!

 

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