Titan Skalli Reviewccokeman - October 4, 2009
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The Titan Skalli Is a tower style heatsink that uses heatpipe direct contact technology to increase the conduction of heat away from the CPU by 20% over a non HDC equipped cooler. The fan used on the Skalli is a frameless design that is 10cm in size and uses a built in PWM controller to manage both the noise and cooling capacity. Measuring 110x95x152 mm it is far from the largest heatsink out, but Titan is claiming the Skalli can dissipate 130 watts of thermal energy. The PWM controlled fan and socket 1156 hardware come pre-mounted so you are plug and play ready for installation on this socket. The top of the Skalli contains the Titan logo while the fins look to be embossed to add surface area to improve cooling. On the side opposite the fan are holes to mount additional fan clips so adding a second fan to the Skalli is a possibility for improved cooling performance.
The 10 cm frameless fan is held in place by a set of clips that lock the fan positively into place with no chance of loosening up. The clips slide into holes on the top and bottom of the fin array. What is unique is that the clips slide into a bushing that will keep the clip from causing any noise during operation - a touch that I have not seen before on a CPU cooler. What appeared to be the heatpipes coming out of the top of the Skalli are actually caps to cover the actual heatpipes. The only function they provide is to beautify the cooler. When this cap was removed the useable area of the heatpipe actually fell just below the top fin in the array.
The Intel heatsink retention mechanism is held in place by a series of two screws per side, so making a change between socket 775 and 1156 is just a matter of removing the screws and swapping the hardware. The reason is that the heatsink spacing for socket 775 is 75mm while the new socket 1156 spacing is 77mm. The Skalli comes with a protective film on the contact surface that obliges you to remove it before you mount the heatsink. The surface of the Skalli is much better than that of the Coolermaster Hyper TX3 we recently looked at as the whole assembly looks as if it was machined as one piece rather than a heatpipe just pushed into a block. The machining marks are still evident but could be cleaned up easily.
The fan used on the Skalli is a 10cm PWM controlled frameless fan. The fan is rated to run between 800 and 1500 RPM pushing between 25 and 47 CFM. The fan uses Z axis bearings with a MTBF of 60,000 hours. Just in case you don’t want to do the math that’s close to 7 years with 24/7 operation. In the process of running the maximum amount of noise the Skalli will make is 29dBA. Another tactic to reduce the noise penalty of the Skalli is the use of rubber isolation pads on each corner of the fan. The chrome finish is nice but looked as if it was already peeling off on the sample I have.
Looking like it has some strong potential I’m curious as to how the two 8mm heatpipes will perform against the proven four heatpipe designs.