Titan TTC-NK95TZ Entertainer Reviewairman - September 21, 2009
At this point I'm a little skeptical at how it will perform due to its size, but I know Titan has made a good name for themselves over the years so I won't be making any assumptions yet. The cooler easily pops out of the two pieces of formed plastic, which are held together by four "snaps". I describe them as this because that is what they do, they are just small cylinders formed in the plastic, one inward and one outward, that snap together. As usual with most heatpipe based coolers, the fins are made from aluminum. They are press-fit onto the heatpipes and make good contact with the heatpipes themselves. When viewed from the side, only a little bit of the copper color shows through, which means there is good contact between the fins. The more contact, or surface area of the interface to the fins, the more rapid the heat transfer. With the fan, the heatsink only stands about 3 inches tall, which makes it perfect for a low clearance application.
As stated in the introduction, the Entertainer uses direct contact heatpipes. The last couple of direct contact coolers we've seen didn't have the smoothest surfaces, as seen in the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Review. On the Closer Look page, the gaps are obvious. As we know, gaps and imperfections on these surfaces can trap heat, and result in poor cooling performance. On the Titan Entertainer, the surface is actually quite smooth considering the direct contact design. It's not perfect, but a lot better than some other specimens. However, the machining marks are evident and the finish could have been improved dramatically if a little more attention was given to this area. So far, that's the only thing I can think of that this cooler lacks. Without the fan, a closer look can be taken at the fins and how they are fit onto the heatpipes. It's actually a clever, efficient technique.
The fan is 10cm in size and PWM controlled. It is held on the heatsink by a simple clip on each side. The clips were a little tight and it was difficult to get them to release the fan. I had to break out a flat head screwdriver to pry them off. A looser fit would have been just as affective, but would have been easier to get the fan free. The fan is operated on 12v and has a current draw of 0.14A. A clever phrase is on the underside of the label and reads: "Running faster is the systems job / Keeping them cooler is our business".
Now that the Entertainer has been explored, the next page will contain the manufacturer specifications and features.