Introduction After a run of below average coolers I am glad to be working with ASUS' Triton 75 today. The Triton Series currently has four CPU coolers flying under the brand and the 75 is the only passive cooler from the group. I really don't understand ASUS' branding when it comes to the Triton as none of the coolers resemble another and the design of each is very different. There isn't anything wrong with radically changing the design from one cooler to the other and I am only mentioning it because we reviewed the Silent Knight II from ASUS and found it to be an evolution of the original Silent Knight. From what I can tell the Triton Series is progressing in revolutions when moving from one generation to the next.As mentioned before the Triton 75 is a passive cooler. ASUS includes all of the hardware needed to attach a 120mm fan to the cooler. Assuming that most users will be adding a fan we are going to test the Triton 75 with a 120mm fan; also our testing method does not generate additional airflow found in a typical enclosure since we are succeeding in building a database void of variables. Let's dive in and see what ASUS has built for their typical PC users, first taking a closer look at what she looks like.
Specifications, Availability and Pricing
Specifications, Availability and Pricing
The Triton 75 is a four heatpipe cooler with a copper base and uses aluminum fins to dissipate heat. As you will soon see the cooler is designed to pass air from above and push it down to the motherboard. This will allow the fan to cool the all important VRM heatsinks we are seeing on modern production motherboards. This is of course only if a fan is used though.ASUS has included additional hardware to attach a 120mm fan to the cooler. ASUS recommends a fan that produces 43.5 CFM, but today we are going to be testing the cooler with a low noise fan from Nexus' Basic Series.The Nexus Basic Series 120mm fan makes 36.87 CFM while only producing 22.8 dB(A). With acoustics this low you will not be able to hear the fan outside of the chassis and it can be considered whisper quiet down to six inches away from the fan. The ASUS Triton 75 can be had in the U.S. for a little less than $40 USD, but when purchasing an aftermarket fan the cost will increase due to the additional purchase. Most users will have an extra 120mm fan sitting on a shelf at home and the Triton 75 can accept just about any 120mm variant.
The front of the box is typical of what we have been seeing from other manufacturers. I am not sure where the two statements of lower temperatures come from, especially with the VRM percentage since the cooler can be used passively.
On the side we see the same numbers but this time with the cooler on a motherboard in passive mode. It would be nice to think that the cooler will produce magical airflow without a fan making the image accurate, but the truth is that 'magic is for the movies'.
The rear of the box shows all of the specifications.
The other side has some additional information that is available in several languages.
Looking at the cooler from the top we see all of the aluminium fins that dissipate heat from the CPU.
From the side the aluminium area looks almost like the Batman logo. We also see the heatpipes that run from the base to the top.
Here you can see that the Triton 75 uses the maximum available space to dissipate heat while still being compatible with motherboards that use high VRM coolers.
I hear the 70's theme to Batman in my head right now. ASUS uses a supporting bracket on this side so the cooler cannot flex.
This side is exactly like the previous side image except this is where ASUS places the serial number.
The base as it comes from the factory looks very rough. A little 1200 grit sand paper could fix that if you wanted to spend a few hours to get a perfect contact surface.
Accessories and Documentation
Accessories and Documentation
This is the additional hardware ASUS supplies with the Triton 75. I found everything I needed to attach the cooler to a modern Intel or AMD based system.
Here we see the fan mounted to the cooler with the hardware supplied by ASUS. The design is similar to what we have been seeing from other manufacturers.
A view from above showing the fan installed.
The documentation and information inside of it is presented well. The instructions were easy to follow and it is a multi-language document.
Test ResultsTweakTown uses a different method for testing CPU heatsinks which allows for an even playing field across all product tests. We feel that by using the same ambient temperature and strict lab-like testing procedures we are able to accurately compare one product to another. More information on our testing procedure can be found in the T.E.C.C. article here.
Under load the ASUS Triton 75 is running right in the middle of the pack with our low noise cooler producing CPU temperatures around 10 degrees C lower than stock coolers. The idle temps are around average as well; nothing really special here, but when you consider that the fan we used is not pushing anywhere near the recommended amount specified by ASUS the results can be pretty impressive...as long as it stays quiet.
Welcome to Quietville, home of the lowest SPL ratings we have tested thus far. To be honest this credit goes to the Nexus 120mm fan since ASUS chose to ship the Triton 75 without a fan, but when looking at the two test scores together it is clear that the Triton 75 is an above average cooler.
Final ThoughtsMany companies have attempted to make a passive cooler work. Some have included the hardware to mount a fan and some have not. The latter category products have pretty much all failed to impress anyone not running a specialty CPU that uses low voltage, i.e. low performance, underclocked from the factory. The other category is passive CPU coolers that have the option or even require an aftermarket fan; they've always done pretty well. The end user can chose what type of cooling performance to acoustic noise ratio they prefer. The downside of this is of course cost as you have to calculate the fan and cooler cost. In today's test we used a 40 Dollar cooler with a 16 Dollar fan making the total just under 60 Dollars total. Looking at our two performance charts there are many other coolers that I would personally choose over the ASUS Triton 75 in this price range, but then again these coolers do not match the Triton 75 in terms of customization for the end user.
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Chris Ramseyer started his career as a LAN Party organizer in Midwest USA. After working with several computer companies he was asked to join the team at The Adrenaline Vault by fellow Midwest LAN Party legend Sean Aikins. After a series of shake ups at AVault, Chris eventually took over as Editor-in-Chief before leaving to start Real World Entertainment. Look for Chris to bring his unique methods of testing Hard Disk Drives, Solid State Drives as well as RAID controller and NAS boxes to TweakTown as he looks to provide an accurate test bed to make your purchasing decisions easier.
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