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Appeared on: Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Titan VGA Cooler


1. Features, Specifications

With no doubt, today's need for more efficient cooling is increasing day by day. Apart from processors, graphic cards also need additional cooling to maintain stable operation, especially while playing the latest video games. Titan has introduced an interesting product with the codename TTC-CSC88TZ that can be installed on the latest graphic cards.

Titan Twin Turbo VGA Cooler TTC-CSC88TZ

In the majority of VGA cards, the default cooler installed is unable to handle extra heat while overclocking or running intensive games. In order to keep your VGA cool and run your games smoothly, you will need a better cooling solution. Titan Computer Co., Ltd. a leader in the design and manufacture of computer cooling solutions, introduced a new 4-Heatpipe VGA Cooler, TWIN TURBO (TTC-CSC88TZ), which utilizes 4 high performance heatpipes and twin powerful fans to provide fast heat dissipation.

The TWIN TURBO VGA Cooler supports all ATI and NVIDIA VGA cards with mounting holes of 54.8mm, 79.7mm, 75.4mm, and 61.1mm, and its package includes universal clips and all the necessary parts for easy installation. Also, eight RAM heatsinks are included to cool the RAMs of your VGA card.

- Features

- Specifications

Outline Dimension
158x115x36mm
Fan Dimension
70x70x10mm 2pcs
Rated Voltage
12V DC
Rated Speed
2000 ± 10%RPM
Airflow
31 CFM
Static Pressure
0.04 InchH2O
Noise Level
<26.2 dBA
Rated Current
0.18A
Power Consumption
2.16W
No. of Pole
4 Pole

- Compatibility list

Nvidia
GeForce 3 Ti 200 / 500 series
GeForce 4 MX 420 / 440 / 460 series
GeForce FX 5200 /5500 / 5600 /5600XT
GeForce 6200 series
GeForce 7300 GS / 7600GT / 7600GS
GeForce 8400 series
Mounting Holes
(54.8mm)
ATI
RADEON 7000 / 7200 /7500 series
RADEON 8500 series
RADEON 9000 / 9200 /9250 /9500 series
RADEON 9550 /9600 / 9700 / 9800 series
RADEON X550 / X600 / X700 series
RADEON X800 / X850 series
Nvidia
Geforce 4Ti 4200/4200 8X
Geforce 4Ti 4400/4600/4800
Geforce FX 5200 Ultra/5600Ultra/5700 Ultra
Geforce FX 4500/5900/5900 XT
Geforce FX 5950 ULTRA
Geforce 6600 /7300GS / 7300GT / 7600GS
Geforce 6800/6800GT /8500GT/8600GT
Mounting Holes
(79.7mm)
ATI
RADEON X1600 / X1800 / X1900 series
RADEON X1950 series
RADEON X2400 series / X2600 series
Mounting Holes
(75.4mm)
Nvidia
GeForce 6800 series/ 7600GS /7600GT
GeForce 7800 series/ 7900 series/ 7950 GT
GeForce 8500 GT / 8600 GTS/ 8600GT
ATI
RADEON X1300 series / X1600 / X1600XT
RADEON X1650
HD2600 series /HD2400 series
Mounting Holes
(61.1mm)
Except Nvidia 7800 GS, ATI RADEON X300 series
Except CHAINTECH SA6200, SE62TC, SA62A, SA62AC, SA62A-G2, SA6600, SA66LE-T2

2. The package

The retail package of Titan Twin Turbo VGA Cooler TTC-CSC88TZ is rather small and includes only the essentials . Its retail price is around 30~40 Euro depending your local online store and of course VAT. The package is "sealed" in a hard plastic, so you need to cut down the retail case in order to get everything out:

The two 70mm fans are working at 2000rpm and produce a low noise level of 26dB, according to the specs.

The retail package also includes several memory heatsinks with stickers for easy installation. There are also several mounting screws according to the graphic card type and of course thermal paste. What is rather missing is a printed installation guide/manual, although it is rather simple as we will see later on.


3. Installation

Before installing the cooler you need to remove any previous cooling system from your graphic card. Titan has an online page where it shows the exact installation process, even we would like to have it printed on the retail package. In any case you can view the installation process over here. In our tests we used the MSI 7600GT graphics card with Passive cooling. While passive cooling is practically noiseless, it does get pretty hot when running at full load. Removing the stock passive cooling system does require some time and removing several screws. According to your graphics board, you should mount the cooler as it is illustrated below:

You should also use the included washers and mount the screws

Apply, thermal grease and gently attach the GPU on the cooler. Place the mounting screws and flip the card to secure the whole structure:

We used only two mounting screws since the other holes are much smaller than the included screws

The whole structure does require two slots at the back panel:

Finally, this is how the graphic card cooler looks after it is installed in the case. Don't forget to plug the power fan cable at a motherboard' s 3-pin header to get them powered up. The rotation speed of the fans can be controlled either through your BIOS settings or through an an external hardware controller.


4. Benchmarks

Our tests were performed under the same conditions with and without the Titan VGA cooler installed. Our testbed was as follows:

In order to produce the maximum load for GPU we used Crysis Benchmark - possibly what most hardcore users use to get their system stretched to its limits. Through Crysis Benchmark we set all details to High with 1280x1024 resolution running three demo loops.

Below you can see the GPU temperatures as they were reported by Everest Ultimate Edition 2007. The performance in all cases was very good; we had an almost 40% less temperature compared to a passively cooled system:

- Final thoughts

The Titan Twin Turbo VGA Cooler TTC-CSC88TZ managed to keep the temperature of our GPU down. The noise levels weren't so bad either -we measured around 3dB more with the Titan VGA cooler installed.

The device costs around 30~40 Euro, which is reasonable for a simple and compact system that will efficiently cool down your newly bought graphics card. On the weak side, we should mention the lack of support for the Nvidia 8800GT/GTS series, and we would welcome a printed manual with instructions inside the retail box.



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