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Titan Vanessa S-type Heat Pipe CPU cooler
This unit is similar in technology to many of the heat pipe coolers we have review in the past but Titan takes there design and added a bit of style. The S-type cooler is butterfly shaped in design with a very cool logo imbedded on the top. This heat pipe uses six pipe to dissipate the heat and raises the fins a bit higher then allot of its competitors. Let take a closer look and see if the Vanessa S-type performs as well as it looks..
High cooling performance by using heatpipe technology
Above specs and information taken from Titan Website Product Page.
Installation is always a big task when it comes to Socket 754 CPU's mostly due to the fact that removing the motherboard is required to install the brace plate on the back of the motherboard. In this situation the stock brace is used and the hardest part of the install is deciding where to put the fan controls.. The pressure bar install provided is very well documented so any question that might come up for the first time folks will be answered. Now its important to remember that the Vanessa heat pipe can be installed on almost any of the CPU's in the market today. and as I noted earlier the documentation and illustrations provided rock.. Another plus I noticed was the labeling. Titan took the time to have labels made for all the different hardware. This makes figuring out what screw goes where that much better. I am not going to write an installation manually I just wanted to highlight the things we noted for this product for further information feel free to check out Titan's website. HERE
All the components needed for this install are clearly labeled and the fan controls can either hook up to a 3 & 1/2 bay mount or onto a PCI IO card slot in the rear of the computer. then hook the other end into the 3-pin motherboard power and away you go. If you have internal motherboard controls then you can opt not to use the fan controls provided that will be determined by personal preference.
Note the thermal paste is blue so it is much easier to see just where you aply it and where extra is needed.
The pressure bar is very easy to install just make sure the notch on the sink lines up with the hole on the pressure bar itself and screw them into the existing base plate. The 92mm fan install almost as easy just clip one side on the pull the harness into place.
There is on e concern I have with this sink thus far. There is very little clearance with some cases due to the height so make sure you have enough space in the case itself before spending money on this sink.
Titan takes heat pipe technology and made it pretty. The butterfly design though not for everyone is very unique and well though out. With the abundance of PC modders out there it is easy to see why Titan takes there product and makes them more appealing. Not just with this cooler but their full line of products all have appearance and visual appeal in mind.. Even the Blue fan matches the decal of this unit.
What our plan is for this unit seeing we will be using the SOYO CK8 board as a base unit is that we will take the CPU temperatures with three different fan settings Low, Medium and High. We will be using a combination of load utilities to push our CPU between 90 and 100 PCT usage during the load test. The CPU being used is a retail 3200 AMD 64bit 754 socket. Remember the internal case temp will be pushed to a starting point of 38 degrees Celsius this is to see how well the cooler performs in a stress condition not normal operating temperatures, so don't be fooled by the high numbers. Also note that every system runs different so it is very possible that oar results vary from others.
Screen Shots of High Fan settings Both Load and Idle
Screen Shots of Medium Fan settings Both Load and Idle
Screen Shots of Low Fan settings Both Load and Idle
As you can see in the chart bellow the temperature variance is minor between the fan settings and even in this stress environment the S-type heat pipe does a fine job of keep the CPU temp under the 80C critical marker. The ambient internal temp did however raise in the worst case situation to a very high 48C, but as part of the test we timed temperature drop in the case with idle conditions after the highest stress changing the lowest fan setting to the highest setting and the internal temperature dropped within 5 min to a 40C mark and the CPU temp also went back to our expected 69C showing that it will dissipate the heat rather fast even in these conditions.
Please not that the fan itself ran very very quite that was the first thing I noted personally when turning on the PC. It did however fluctuate a bit RPM's wise when set at a particular speed. The amount of fluctuation should not be a large concern seeing the speed control is not a direct voltage step switch but rather a diaphragm type that so I might have been a little lower or higher with the dial.
There are many aspects of quality we need to discus with this unit. The first of these subjects is the packaging. As you can see from the photos below Titan makes a superior box and internal plastics to keep everything safe no matter what the postman might through at it..
The second plus I noted was the overselling concern for clarity with the components. seeing this unit can be used on almost all of the different CPU's on the market they took extra care in labeling and separating all the components this aspect especially for a new modder is huge. It is very easy to get confused when you get a bag of screws and metal harnesses to figure out what goes where and what hardware to use..
The quality when it comes to construction is just a superior as the labeling used for the hardware. I couldn't find a single manufacturing flaw on any of the components. Even the fan controls have high quality aluminum parts with very smooth edges. The 92mm fan even has a great look and is extremely quit. Titan does an exquisite job on the overall construction and design.. Great job!!!!
Satisfactory heat reduction.
Very easy install.
Versatile sink for all CPU's
Multiple fan control hook-up.
Great labeling of components.
Materials used are of good quality.
Can be some treble if installing in a narrow case.
Overall there is little to be desired other then what is provided. so as long as you like the butterfly design then this might be a great cooler for you.. The quality construction and great documentation along with versatility in the chipset makes this a good find.. Congratulation Titan you receive our "Blue Ribbon Seal of Approval" for a great product.
Rating: 5 & 3/4 out of 6 stars
Review Date: 4/22/05
Reviewer: pr101j (Paul)
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