At this point the Fenrir Series of coolers from Titan have made a name for themselves and have had good results so far with this line of CPU coolers. My first look was at the Fenrir, then there was the black and gold Fenrir Evo, both of which did ok in testing and put Titan in contention for a share of the market. As with most successful cooler designs, evolutions of that main idea are bound to develop as time goes by, and we are going to be looking at just that today.
Keeping pretty much just the series name of Fenrir, this new cooler takes on a different shape and uses one less heat pipe than the two previous coolers with that naming. Essentially this cooler is using three heat pipes to do the work of the four of the initial design, but keeps the direct contact to the processor we are used to from Titan. As we get deeper into the review I will be sure to point out the differences and similarities of these coolers.
The key in this design is the pursuit of silence. The Hati from the Fenrir-family of coolers that we are going to be taking a look at today has a fan I have yet to see paired with a Titan Cooler. Not only does Titan offer a new silent fan for operation of the cooler, if you want to add another fan for lower temperatures, the Hati comes ready to go; all you need is the second fan. Let's have a look at the specifications, see what is and is not incorporated, and see just what the Fenrir-family Hati from Titan is capable of.
Specifications, Availability and Pricing
The TTC-NC15TZ/KU(RB) which I will refer to as the Hati hereon is based on a three 8mm heat pipe design. These heat pipes make direct contact to the processor and are held in place with an aluminum base plate. The pipes are then bent to make their way through fifty-five aluminum fins that are pressed on over the pipes. The sides of the fins are enclosed in this cooler adding strength, proper spacing, and the ability to use "wasted air" that most coolers don't capture. Like a cherry on top of a sundae, Titan finishes off the look of the cooler by adding chrome caps to the top of the six pipe tips that pass through the top fin.
Inside the box you will find the Hati is shipped with a TFD-12025H12ZP/KU(RB) or Kukri Fan. This fan is capable of speeds from 800 to 2200 RPM and can produce up to 66.6 CFM of air flow. As I mentioned, silence is the key here, and the Kukri fan will run with a maximum rating of 35 dBA of noise level. When the fans are installed, they use unique fan mounts that isolate the fan from the cooler to reduce vibrations to aid in keeping noises at bay. So we can test the cooler with a push/pull configuration, Titan also shipped a second fan with the same model number as the included fan in the Hati box.
At this time I hear that the Hati is only on shelves in China, and aren't yet available for other markets. This leaves me having to guess on the pricing as well. Judging by a few factors such as what the cooler is made of, the amount of heat pipes, and the fans included in the kit, I would have to assume that by the time the Hati makes it to the US market it will be priced under the $45 pricing that you can find for the original Fenrir cooler. From what I have seen in what the cooler is made of, and the fact that I already saw the performance numbers, the Hati would be best priced in the sub-$40 segment of air coolers. Enough with the guess work, let's get to what I can show you as fact and let you make and educated call on whether or not the Hati will be the next CPU cooler for you!
The Hati from the Fenrir family of coolers comes is a white package trimmed in blue. Along with an image of the Hati you will find five of the most important features listed on the front.
We get four images on this side to help explain some of the features. Under the top image of the assembled cooler and fan there are images of the unique fan mounts, a look at the Kukri Fan, and a look at the three 8mm heat pipes that make direct contact to the processor.
On the back, in the large blue section, the features are listed in eight languages. In the white section at the bottom is where Titan placed a specifications chart.
This side explains the compatibility for each processor Titan recommends this cooler can be used with, in each socket segment. This list covers just about every processor in each socket type aside from Opteron and Xeon listings.
Inside of the box you will find the cooler surrounded in a few more layers of card board. The fan and hardware are kept separate from the main body of the cooler. The body of the cooler is held in place with the cut-aways in the bottom half that surround the caps on top of the heat pipes to keep the cooler from moving during transit.
Titan also sent along a retail packaged TFD-12025H12ZP/KU(RB) Kukri fan to match the one included in the cooler packaging. The front gives you a good look at the nine blade fan, and a close up of the shape of each fin. Listed under these images are five features found with this fan.
Much like the cooler packaging, the fan also holds a multi language listing of the features and a specifications list at the bottom.
The Titan Hati TTC-NC15TZ/KU(RB) CPU Cooler
Starting at the bottom and working to the top, the heat gets its removal started from the three 8mm heat pipes and the aluminum base. The pipes bend up and pass through fifty-five fins that have saw toothed edges and are pressed in place. To hold everything together and offer a clean look, Titan caps each of the six ends with a chrome cap.
The majority of the side of the cooler is closed off. This not only adds support to the fins and keeps spacing even, it also captures a lot of lost air and allows the Hati to use low CFM fans to produce results.
Both edges of the Hati mirror each other for dual fan operation down to the edge profile and the notches in the fins for the unique fan mounting.
Each fin of the Hati has the rams head logo and TITAN pressed in the center of the fins. The heat pipes are aligned to allow for better air flow through the body and across the aluminium fins. As I mentioned, each of the pipes is covered with a nut shaped, chrome cap to give a better and cleaner finished look.
The top of the aluminium base plate has a wide groove that accepts the cross bar. The mounting bar that sets in place here has tabs on both sides that can lock into the smaller grooves. I don't know if it was intended, but the three slots will actually allow you to slightly offset the cooler to either side.
Getting a good look at the bottom of the base, Titan left the milling marks in the base and pipes. This circular pattern of milling is done while the base is assembles leaving a relatively flat surface for mounting. There are slight gaps between the pipes and the base aluminium, but not near as much as I see in other coolers of this type.
The Included TFD-12025H12ZP/KU(RB) Kukri fan that comes with the cooler and the retail package both look like this. The fan consists of a blue frame that surrounds nine white blades with a very aggressive curve, and is powered with a 4-pin PWM connector.
I took a close up of the back of the retail packaged fan. As you can see, the model number is a match and this fan offers the same specs as the included fan with the Hati.
To install the fans, you need to get the rubber mounts out of the hardware included with the Hati. This design allows for the mounts to simple slide in the groove. Then pull the rubber tabs through the holes in the fans. If you do run a push/pull set up, just add the other four to the reverse side of the cooler.
With both fans installed the Hati grows considerably in thickness. The blue and white fans on the Hati will definitely make this cooler a stand out in any rig, and offers the uniqueness at a glance not unlike that which Noctua fans have.
Accessories and Documentation
The installation guide is very well written and will walk you through any issue you might run into. The hardware that comes included is plainly labeled and the descriptions in the instruction with the included drawings leave no question as to which parts are being described.
The hardware is very similar to the rest of the Fenrir series of coolers. There is a separate kit for AMD washers and Intel washers for spacing. The rest of the kit, including the screws, risers, and thumbscrews are used in both kits except the screws labeled for LGA1156. Along with the hardware you will find a bag with eight of the rubber fan mounts and a tube of Royal Grease thermal compound.
That leaves the LGA1366 back plate on the left and the universal LGA775 and AMD back plate. The top universal plate is in the middle, and that leaves the fan adapter that takes a 3-pin header to power a 4-pin PWM fan.
In case you were wondering what comes in the retail fan packaging, this image will answer that. Aside from the 120mm fan, the kit includes a Molex to 3-pin adapter to power the fan. In the baggies, Titan includes four metal fan screws for case mounting along with a set of four of the special rubber fan mounts for the cooler, and a set of rubber washers.
Test System & Testing Results
Test System & Test Results
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To be honest, I am not entirely impressed with the single fan temperatures, or the dual fan results. I think Titan took silence a bit too far for the overclockers. For the average user these results are much better than a stock cooler will provide, and if silence is mandatory, this may still be a viable solution.
Load testing with the fans at full power isn't much more impressive than the idle results. Titan choosing these fans really produced average results. The Evo did better, but I think if Titan wants this silent of a cooler the fins and heat pipes need a bit of a redesign to make the Hati really shine.
Sound levels with two fans or a single fan are where I personally like my air cooling. 35 dB is very acceptable; too bad it wasn't able to help more with better temperatures.
The loudest results were found with both fans in operation. The results aren't that bad here either, but for a fan shipped as a silent solution to cooling, this shows it isn't exactly that when the system is loaded.
The results are in, and to be dead honest, I'm really not all that impressed. I didn't expect the Hati to be that much better than the Fenrir coolers, but with all the tricks incorporated in this design and the fact that I did test the Hati with two fans, I am still left wanting in the performance segment of the testing, but I am an extremist and I don't think this cooler is directed at me. This cooler is directed at those who don't mind running a mild overclock or those who are running stock and still want the option of silence. As far as that is concerned, the Hati is very successful in the lack of noise that emanates from the cooler even with two fans on it.
Something I have to shed light on that happened to my last sample is that the heat pipes actually collapsed during normal usage. I sent images and an explanation of the issue to Titan and have yet to get a reply from them about the situation. While I may have gotten a bad sample, I may also have gotten a sample that was thinned for better performance. Either way, it is an issue to be aware of! The fact that I got no reply from them on this matter just makes it that much worse. So where I am left is torn with if I should go ahead and assume it was a onetime issue, and I can go ahead and say this might be the cooler for you. The way I see it is that I can't rightfully advise you buy the Fenrir Evo that I had issues with and just hope the issue has been looked at.
As I said, the US market won't see this cooler for just a bit longer, but if you are on the other side of the globe, your access to this cooler may be feasible. If the pricing comes out at under $40 for the Hati I can say it is worth it as a stock replacement that provides much better temperatures and silent operation. With all the information at hand with possible manufacturing issues, and the average performance of the Hati, you can make a fully educated decision on if the Hati is or isn't the cooler to spend your hard earned dollars on.