Just like the ASUS Triton 75 heatsink Frostytech previously
tested, the ASUS Triton 85 is an example of how not to make a universal CPU cooler. The ASUS Triton 85
performs well enough with an 85W heat load (ie. energy efficient processors),
suffers somewhat at 125W, and completely fails when stressed with 150W of heat.
Not good if you plan on cooling an Intel Core 2 Extreme CPU.
directly with the manufacturer AMA Precision (subsidiary of ASUS) at
Computex Taipei this past June about the unique limits of the Triton 85
heatsink, Frostytech learned that its design was tested with loads of up to
130W. Other heatsinks Frostytech has tested with a similar Wattage ratings will continue to
work past the rated spec, though obviously with reduced performance. The ASUS Triton 75 and Triton
85 heatsinks, and Spire Fourier IV all exhibit heatpipe operational failure when stressed beyond
the design envelope.
There is no denying that ASUS has a very recognizable brand in the computer world, but
in this case ASUS has released a pretty disappointing product. Unless its being
used with an energy efficient processor (sub-85W), the only value to the ASUS
Triton 85 heatsink is it's weight in scrap metal.
|Asus Triton 85 Heatsink
|Model No.: Triton 85|
fins, nickel plated copper heatpipes, copper/aluminum base.|
|Fan Mfg: Power Logic PLA12025S12L-4|
|Fan Spec: 800-1400RPM, 12V,
|Fan Dim: 25x120x120mm|
|Heatsink & Fan Dim:
|Weight: 520 grams|
Includes: LGA775 and K8 socket mounting hardware,
thermal compound, instructions|
Compatible with Sockets: 754/939/940/AM2/AM2+, LGA775
|Est. Pricing: $55USD
The Asus Triton 85 heatsink FrostyTech is reviewing today ships with
a 120mm 800-1400RPM PWM fan, and weighs around 520 grams. The heatsink is
uses four 6mm diameter copper heatpipes to support a 120x120mm aluminum
fin array above the CPU block. This orientation directs fan exhaust down towards the CPU
area to cool adjacent motherboard components, chipset heatsinks and VRM circuitry. The
Triton 85 is compatible with Intel socket 775 and AMD socket 754/939/AM2/AM2+ processors. The
retail price is around $55CDN, far too expensive for
it's lackluster performance capabilities.
ASUS include a set of brackets that attach to
the base plate for mounting the heatsink on Intel socket 775 CPUs. The
Intel socket 775 clips use the standard push-to-lock plastic clips that insert
into the four motherboard holes around the processor socket.
AMD socket 754/939/940/AM2 CPUs are compatible too, but
in use a modified spring clip that attaches to the central lug on the
AMD heatsink retention frame. A cam lever at one end of the clip applies
pressure to the heatsink base directly.
FrostyTech's Test Methodologies are
outlined in detail here if you care to know what equipment is
used, and the parameters under which the tests are conducted. Now let's move
forward and take a closer look at this heatsink, its acoustic characteristics,
and of course its performance in the thermal tests!