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Today we are testing another CPU cooler from Titan: Fenrir. It supports all available CPUs, has a tower design, four 8-mm U-shaped heatpipes and a 120 mm fan. Other coolers with similar design performed very well in our tests; will this cooler perform well too?

The sample we tested is actually the "X’mas Edition" model. The only difference between this version and the standard one is the fin color.

Titan Fenrir box is actually a plastic blister, as you can see in Figure 1. The disadvantage of this packaging is that once opened you cannot close it back again.

Titan FenrirFigure 1: Box.

Inside the box we found the heatsink, the fan (not installed), installation hardware, user manual and a small vacuum-sealed tube of thermal compound.

Titan FenrirFigure 2: Box contents.

In the next pages we will see the cooler in details.

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In Figure 3 we can have a front view of the heatsink from Fenrir. It’s a classic design, with four heatpipes bent in a "U" shape and a tower of aluminum fins. Although common, this design has been proving to be very efficient.

Titan FenrirFigure 3: Front view.

In Figure 4 we can see the heatsink from the side. Note how the heatpipes are thick (8 mm in diameter). We can also see the color of the fins on this X’mas Edition: top and bottom ones are red, the middle ones are black and two silver fins between them. This pallete is beautiful, but we did not understand why these colors made the product a "X’mas Edition", since holiday decoration is tipically red and green.

Titan FenrirFigure 4: Side view.

In Figure 5, you can see Fenrir’s top side. The tips from the heatpipes are exposed, with no caps covering them.

Titan FenrirFigure 5: Top view.

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In Figure 6 we see the base of the cooler, with heatpipes in direct contact with the CPU. This base is smooth but with no mirrored finishing.

Titan FenrirFigure 6: Base.
In Figure 7 we see Fenrir’s 120 mm fan. It is made of plastic, with a metallic looks.
Titan FenrirFigure 7: Fan.
In Figure 8 we can see the other side of the fan. Note how the connector has four pins and thus has automatic speed control via PWM pin. An amazing detail is the meshed sleeving on the fan wire.
Titan FenrirFigure 8: Fan.

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In Figure 9, you can see the cooler with its fan installed. It is attached to the heatsink using two metal wire clips. There is no vibration absorbing system, which is a pity. There is also no room for installing a second fan.

Titan FenrirFigure 9: Fan installed.
The "Royal Grease" thermal compound that comes with the cooler is vacuum-sealed, as you can see in Figure 10.
Titan FenrirFigura 11: Thermal compound.
In Figure 11, you can see the thermal compound syringe removed from the vacuum bag. It seems to be a good quality paste, but it is a pity that the cooler comes with only 1 gram of it, which is barely enough for two applications. In this figure you can also see the power adapter that comes with Fenrir, allowing you to connect it to a three-pin motherboard connector (with no PWM control). This adapter reduces the speed of the fan, so it won’t spin at its full rotation, which happens if you connect a four-pin fan at a three-pin motherboard connector directly.
Titan FenrirFigura 12: Thermal compound and power adapter.

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In Figure 12, you can see the installation hardware. The backplate at the top left of the image is intended to be used with socket LGA1366, and the right one fits sockets 775, AM3, AM2+, AM2, 939 and 754. For socket LGA1156 there is no backplate, you just need to pass four screws through the motherboard holes, and the use of this cooler with this kind of motherboard can bend the board. The H-shaped clip goes over the cooler base and fits all sockets.

Titan FenrirFigure 12: Installation hardware.

In Figure 13 we see our socket LGA775 motherboard with the cooler supports installed. After that, you just need to put the cooler on the CPU, fitting the H-shaped clip over t
he base and attaching it with four thumbscrews. Fenrir is relatively easy to install and remains steady in place.

Titan FenrirFigure 13: Socket LGA775 holders.

In Figure 14 we can see Fenrir installed on our motherboard.

Titan FenrirFigure 14: Installed on the motheboard.

In Figure 15, you can see the cooler inside our case.

Titan FenrirFigure 15: Installed in our case.

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We are adopting the following methodology for our CPU cooler reviews.

First, we chose the CPU with the highest TDP (Thermal Design Power) we had available, a Core 2 Extreme QX6850, which has a 130 W TDP. The choice for a CPU with a high TDP is obvious. To measure the efficiency of the tested cooler, we need a processor that gets very hot. This CPU works by default at 3.0 GHz, but we overclocked it to 3.33 GHz, in order to heat it as much as possible.

We took noise and temperature measurements with the CPU idle and under full load. In order to achieve 100% CPU load on the four processing cores we ran Prime95 with the "In-place Large FFTs" option, and three instances of the StressCPU program, all at the same time.

We also compared the reviewed cooler to the Intel stock cooler (with copper base), which comes with the processor we used, and also with some other coolers we have tested using the same methodology.

Temperature measurements were taken with a digital thermometer, with the sensor touching the base of the cooler, and also with the core temperature reading (given by the CPU thermal sensor) from the from the SpeedFan program, using an arithmetic average of the four core temperature readings.

The sound pressure level (SPL) was measured with a digital noise meter, with its sensor placed 4" (10 cm) from the fan. We turned off the video board cooler so it wouldn’t interfere with the results, but this measurement is only for comparative purposes, because a precise SPL measurement needs to be made inside an acoustically insulated room with no other noise sources, which is not the case here.

Hardware Configuration

Software Configuration

  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Software Used

Error Margin

We adopted a 2 °C error margin, i.e., temperature differences below 2 °C are considered irrelevant.

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On the tables below you can see our results. We ran the same tests with the coolers shown on below tables. Each test ran with the CPU idle and the with the CPU fully loaded. On BigTyp 14Pro, TMG IA1, NH-U12P and ISGC-300 the tests were done with the fan at full speed and at minimum speed. The other coolers were connected directly to the motherboard and it controls the fan speed based on CPU load level and temperature on PWM models. ISGC-400, iCEAGE Prima Boss, Megahalems Rev. B and Thermaltake SpinQ VT were tested at minimum speed on idle test and at maximum speed on full load test.

CPU Idle

Cooler Room Temp. Noise Fan Speed Base Temp. Core Temp.
Intel stock 14 °C 44 dBA 1000 rpm 31 °C 42 °C
BigTyp 14Pro (min) 17 °C 47 dBA 880 rpm 29 °C 36 °C
BigTyp 14Pro (max) 17 °C 59 dBA 1500 rpm 26 °C 34 °C
Akasa Nero 18 °C 41 dBA 500 rpm 26 °C 35 °C
Cooler Master V10 14 °C 44 dBA 1200 rpm 21 °C 26 °C
TMG IA1 (max) 16 °C 47 dBA 1500 rpm 22 °C 30 °C
TMG IA1 (min) 16 °C 57 dBA 2250 rpm 21 °C 30 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme 16 °C 44 dBA 1200 rpm 21 °C 29 °C
Thermaltake ISGC-100 18 °C 44 dBA 1450 rpm 35 °C 49 °C
Noctua NH-U12P (low) 15 °C 42 dBA 1000 rpm 20 °C 30 °C
Noctua NH-U12P 15 °C 46 dBA 1400 rpm 20 °C 28 °C
Noctua NH-C12P 17 °C 46 dBA 1400 rpm 23 °C 28 °C
Thermaltake ISGC-200 21 °C 43 dBA 1100 rpm 31 °C 35 °C
Schythe Kabuto 22 °C 42 dBA 800 rpm 29 °C 34 °C
Arctic Cooling Alpine 11 Pro 20 °C 43 dBA 1500 rpm 32 °C 39 °C
ISGC-300 (min) 18 °C 42 dBA 800 rpm 26 °C 30 °C
ISGC-300 (max) 18 °C 46 dBA 1400 rpm 24 °C 26 °C
SilverStone NT06-E 21 °C 66 dBA 2600 rpm 30 °C 41 °C
Zalman CNPS9700 NT 22 °C 48 dBA 1700 rpm 28 °C 35 °C
Scythe Mugen-2 17 °C 41 dBA 700 rpm 25 °C 30 °C
ISGC-400 (min) 17 °C 44 dBA 850 rpm 24 °C 30 °C
Cooler Master Vortex 752 20 °C 48 dBA 1700 rpm 32 °C 44 °C
iCEAGE Prima Boss (min) 22 °C 42 dBA 1000 rpm 29 °C 36 °C
Evercool Buffalo 17 °C 51 dBA 1850 rpm 22 °C 29 °C
Scythe Big Shuriken 20 °C 42 dBA 900 rpm 31 °C 39 °C
Cooler Master Hyper TX3 21 °C 44 dBA 1700 rpm 30 °C 39 °C
Titan Skalli 20 °C 43 dBA 1200 rpm 27 °C 34 °C
Prolimatech Megahalems Rev. B 21 °C 40 dBA 800 rpm 28 °C 32 °C
Zalman CNPS9900 NT 23 °C 45 dBA 900 rpm 30 °C 34 °C
Cooler Master Hyper N620 21 °C 44 dBA 1200 rpm 28 °C 34 °C
Nexus LOW-7000 R2 23 °C 46 dBA 1400 rpm 33 °C 42 °C
Evercool HPK-10025EA 20 °C 54 dBA 1900 rpm 27 °C 34 °C
Evercool HPH-9525EA 23 °C 50 dBA 1900 rpm 38 °C 49 °C
iCEAGE Prima Boss II 23 °C 42 dBA 1000 rpm 29 &de
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Thermaltake SpinQ VT 24 °C 45 dBA 950 rpm 32 °C 39 °C
Titan Fenrir 21 °C 42 dBA 950 rpm 29 °C 35 °C

CPU Fully Loaded

Cooler Room Temp. Noise Fan Speed Base Temp. Core Temp.
Intel stock 14 °C 48 dBA 1740 rpm 42 °C 100 °C
BigTyp 14Pro (min) 17 °C 47 dBA 880 rpm 43 °C 77 °C
BigTyp 14Pro (max) 17 °C 59 dBA 1500 rpm 35 °C 70 °C
Akasa Nero 18 °C 48 dBA 1500 rpm 34 °C 68 °C
Cooler Master V10 14 °C 54 dBA 1900 rpm 24 °C 52 °C
TMG IA1 (max) 16 °C 47 dBA 1500 rpm 27 °C 63 °C
TMG IA1 (min) 16 °C 57 dBA 2250 rpm 25 °C 60 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme 16 °C 51 dBA 1900 rpm 24 °C 50 °C
Thermaltake ISG-100 18 °C 50 dBA 1800 rpm 58 °C 93 °C
Noctua NH-U12P (low) 15 °C 42 dBA 1000 rpm 28 °C 59 °C
Noctua NH-U12P 15 °C 46 dBA 1400 rpm 25 °C 54 °C
Noctua NH-C12P 17 °C 46 dBA 1400 rpm 37 °C 76 °C
Thermaltake ISGC-200 21 °C 48 dBA 1900 rpm 42 °C 68 °C
Scythe Kabuto 22 °C 47 dBA 1200 rpm 38 °C 63 °C
Arctic Cooling Alpine 11 Pro 20 °C 51 dBA 2300 rpm 49 °C 85 °C
ISGC-300 (min) 18 °C 42 dBA 800 rpm 36 °C 64 °C
ISGC-300 (max) 18 °C 46 dBA 1400 rpm 31 °C 56 °C
SilverStone NT06-E 21 °C 66 dBA 2600 rpm 39 °C 96 °C
Zalman CNPS9700 NT 22 °C 56 dBA 2600 rpm 34 °C 63 °C
Scythe Mugen-2 17 °C 46 dBA 1300 rpm 28 °C 54 °C
ISGC-400 (max) 17 °C 47 dBA 1400 rpm 36 °C 69 °C
Cooler Master Vortex 752 20 °C 55 dBA 2300 rpm 48 °C 92 °C
iCEAGE Prima Boss (max) 22 °C 53 dBA 2000 rpm 35 °C 59 °C
< font size="1">Evercool Buffalo 17 °C 51 dBA 1850 rpm 32 °C 67 °C
Scythe Big Shuriken 20 °C 50 dBA 1500 rpm 51 °C 85 °C
Cooler Master Hyper TX3 21 °C 53 dBA 2700 rpm 39 °C 66 °C
Titan Skalli 20 °C 47 dBA 1550 rpm 37 °C 69 °C
Prolimatech Megahalems Rev. B 21 °C 61 dBA 2600 rpm 30 °C 51 °C
Zalman CNPS9900 NT 23 °C 56 dBA 2000 rpm 34 °C 54 °C
Cooler Master Hyper N620 21 °C 50 dBA 1650 rpm 32 °C 56 °C
Nexus LOW-7000 R2 23 °C 53 dBA 1900 rpm 45 °C 74 °C
Evercool HPK-10025EA 20 °C 54 dBA 1900 rpm 39 °C 69 °C
Evercool HPH-9525EA 23 °C 50 dBA 1900 rpm 58 °C 100 °C
iCEAGE Prima Boss II 23 °C 56 dBA 2100 rpm 32 °C 56 °C
Thermaltake SpinQ VT 24 °C 52 dBA 1500 rpm 40 °C 68 °C
Titan Fenrir 21 °C 50 dBA 1600 rpm 33 °C 58 °C

The next graph shows how many degrees Celsius the CPU core was hotter than room temperature during our idle tests.

 Titan Fenrir

The next graph gives you an idea on how many degrees Celsius the CPU core was hotter than room temperature during our full load tests.

 Titan Fenrir

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Titan Fenrir main features are:

  • Application: Socket LGA775, 1156, 1366, AM3, AM2+, AM2, 940, 939 and 754 processors.
  • Fins: Aluminum.
  • Base: Aluminum, with heatpipes directly touching the CPU.
  • Heat-pipes: Four U-shaped 8-mm copper heat-pipes.
  • Fan: 120 mm.
  • Nominal fan speed: 2,200 rpm.
  • Fan air flow: 78.41 cfm.
  • Maximum power consumption: 3.84 W.
  • Nominal noise level: 39 dBA.
  • Weight: 1.6 lbs (730 g).
  • More information: https://www.titan-cd.com
  • Average price in the US*: USD 53.00

* Researched at frozencpu.com on the day we published this review.

[nextpage title=”Conclusions”]

Our first impression after seeing the package from Titan Fenrir was not so good, due to the plastic blister box. Opening it, however, our opinion quickly changed: the cooler looked very nice, mostly due to the "X’mas Edition" heatsink colors. It really looked like a high-performance cooler.

Our tests have shown that at least this time what we saw was what we got: its performance was compatible with the best coolers we’ve already tested and its noise level was very acceptable. It is priced on the same range of its competitors and the installation system does the job.

The color scheme of the "X’mas Edition" looks very nice, even considering that it seems to be just a red fin cooler when looked from outside a case with a transparent side window. Anyway, it is a beautiful cooler with a dashing looks.

So, there is only one possible conclusion: Titan Fenrir is an excellent cooler and it deserves the Hardware Secrets Golden Award.