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Appeared on: Friday, January 22, 2010
Titan Skalli


1. Features
Manufacturer
Titan
Model
Price 

$30

Category
Entry Level

The name of the new CPU cooler from TITAN, the TTC-NC05TZ/NPW (RB) or "Skalli, is derived from the Norse mythology. The company claims that the new 'Skalli' model keeps on the strengths of his father, the 'Fenrir' CPU cooler. Compared with the other coolers that use 6mm heat pipes, 'Skalli' possesses two 8 mm heat pipes. Coupled with the direct contact technology, heat conductivity is increased by 20%, maximizing the overclocking performance up to 130W.

The cooler is equipped with a 10cm frameless fan with suspension technology. Together with the built-in PWM intelligent fan controller, operating rumble and noise are minimized.

The TITAN Skalli supports the Intel LGA 1156 socket.

- Product features

- Specifications

Outline Dimension
Fan Dimension
Rated Voltage
Rated Current
Power Consumption
Rated Speed
Airflow
Static Pressure
Noise Level
Bearing Type
Life time

110 x 95 x 152 mm
100 x 100 x 25mm
12V DC
0.14 A(MAX)
1.68 W
800~1500±10% RPM
24.84~46.58 CFM
0.01~0.05 InchH2O
<15.3~<29 dBA
Z-axis Bearing
60,000 Hours

2. Package

The small retail package of the Titan Skalli cpu cooler features a transparent window on the front allowing you to see the product at a glance. We found the product online priced at $30, which is a typical price for a cooler of this category.

The product is fully compatible with Intel LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA775 & AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3 sockets, making it truly universal solution.

The box includes the basics - a printed installation manual, mounting clips for the Intel/AMD sockets and two tubes of Titan's Nano Grease thermal paste:

The cooler design is common with two U-shaped full copper heatpipes connecting the base with the aluminum fins. An frame less 100mm fan is placed on the front side of the cooler. The PWM function allows the user to select the rotation speed of the fan directly from the PC (800 ~1500 RPM).

The Heat pipe Direct Contact technology: dual 8mm U-shaped heat pipes are in direct contact with the surface of the CPU, maximizing the heat dissipating efficiency.

Installing the cpu cooler takes just few seconds, provided that you are familiarized with Intel's default mounting method.


3. Testbed

The testbed configuration is the following:

We tried to produce the the highest possible temperature inside our test PC using the OCCT v2.0.1 software with a custom 30mins (mixed) operation.

We left both CPU cores running at full load for ~30 minutes. All temperatures were logged using the CoreTemp 0.99.3 and the software. We also followed two overclocking scenarios:

We measured the produced noise with a Precision Gold N09AQ Environment Meter. All measurements were made at a distance of 30cm away from the cpu cooler running at full speed. For all the coolers we used the same thermal compound from Tuniq, the TX-2.


4. Measurements

The Titan Skalli has the typical design/volume of an all-around cpu cooler, meaning that its cooling efficiency should be also typical for the category. But let's see how it actually performs against other cpu coolers.

We start the tests with our CPU running at stock voltages (no overclocked). The Titan Skalli lowered the temperature of the CPU at 50 degrees Celsius, matching the good performance of many other models of the category. Compared to Intel's stock cpu cooler, the Titan Skalli will keep your's CPU's temperature lower by 8-10 degrees C:

Let's overclock our Intel Core-i7 920 at 3.60GHz. Intel's stock cooler gave us around 90 degrees C, while the Titan Skalli managed to keep the CPU temperature down to 68 degrees C. We got the same performance from the Thermaltake ISGC-300 (dual fans installed) and the XigmaTek HDT-S1283 coolers:

The Titan Skalli cooler is also very quiet even at full speed. It produced 41dB of noise measured at a distance if 30cm from the cooler. That's very close to what you will experience using Intel's stock cooler instead:

What about price? The Titan Skalli would cost you just $30, making it a very competitive product. It's closest competitors in terms of performance - the Xigmatek HDT-S1283 and the Thermaltake ISGC-300 coolers - are priced much higher. As a result, we have a winner here:


5. Final thoughts

The Titan Skalli cpu cooler comes to full fill the need for an affordable but still efficient cpu cooler. It is a truly universal cooling solution supporting all the currently sold cpu sockets. It's typical design made as believe that we had to do with another average performer for the entry-level, already crowded market. And that's because the cooler is equipped with "only" two heatpipes coupled with the direct contact technology, although the frame-less 100cm fan could make the difference.

The truth is that the performance of the Titan Skalli cooler was beyond our expectations. The cooler managed to position itself among the top performers of the category even under the demanding overclocking conditions of our Core i7-920 test system.

In addition, the Titan Skalli is more quiet that other competitive products. We measured just 41dB with the fan spinning at at full speed.

So we have to do with a well-designed and efficient CPU cooler for the entry-level market, which can be purchased for just $30. Easy installation, compact design and good performance are its basic characteristics, making it ideal for entry level users seeking for a complete CPU cooler that will just do the job. A smart purchase, don't you think?

Retail package
Design
Motherboard compatibility
Installation time
Copper Base quality

Pros:

+ Good retail package
+ Excellent retail price for its performance
+ Low noise levels, even at full speed
+ Fan supports the PWM function to further reduce noise
+ Works with both AMD/Intel platforms
+ Includes 2 thermal paste tubes

Cons:

- Doesn't include mounting mechanism for adding a second 100mm fan
- Finding a second 100mm fan would be difficult



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