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Titan TTC-D5TB2/A Heatsink Review
Titan TTC-D5TB2/A Heatsink Review
Abstract: There has long been a vacuum in the area of low-noise heatsinks that don't frankly suck.

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Titan   Cooling / Heatsinks   Oct 26, 2001   Max Page  
Home > Reviews > Page Title: Looking at the heatsink from all angles

Titan TTC-D5TB2A Heatsink From All Angles
The Fan:
After such a long time where noisy powerful fans were considered the be all and end all of cooling, we are finally starting to see competent and quiet solutions enter the marketplace. One common solution is to use lower-RPM fans like this 80mm giant to keep processors cool. While the heatsink need not make as much noise, cooling performance is maintained - a win-win solution for everyone. Making this fan even more special is the auto alarm that comes on the cord. If the computer is on and the fan stops, a loud alarm is sounded to let you know something is very wrong. The fan connects to the motherboard fan header and supports RPM monitoring.

Heatsink Top:
The shape of the heatsink from above almost looks like an "X" and brings to mind the X-box for that matter. The fan attaches directly to the heatsink and is stood about 3mm above the tips of the tallest fins. The clip sits in a 7mm trough which thankfully does not cut into the base at all, so a good 6mm of material remains directly over top of the processor core. The cut out areas on either side of the D5TB2/A measure 30mm, and are intended to make clipping the heatsink onto the socket a bit easier.

Side A:
There a few interesting points on the D5TB2/A that caught our attention. First of all, sticking an 80mm fan onto a 55mm base area causes the heatsink to have a sort of pyramid like look to it. Next, we notice that the base is beveled up from about 6mm thickness to 10mm. The fins themselves are 1mm thick and spaced 2mm apart for good airflow and the tips are staggered in height by a further 2mm.

Side B:
Since there is quite a large overhang on the part of the fan, and upper body of the heatsink a thumb actuated clip would seem to not be the best choice in this instance. Rather a tool-based clip would give you better leverage and access to the socket. Which is exactly what the D5TB2/A uses. Note that the fan is screwed into the heatsink with one set of screws and the fan grill attached with yet another. The scalping on the outside flanges is for improved grip when installing the heatsink. Inner fins, as you can see, are completely smooth.

Heatsink Base:
The base measures 55x62mm while the upper part of the heatsink is 80mm square to accommodate the large fan. The base finish is smooth, but since we are dealing with a raw extrusion, the level of flatness is not perfect. There are very minor waves of fluctuations in the base from one edge to another resulting from imperfections in the extrusion die. A good lapping wouldn't be too difficult, and would a worthy investment of time for the D5TB2/A heatsink.

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Table of Contents:

 1:  Titan TTC-D5TB2/A Heatsink Review
 2: — Looking at the heatsink from all angles
 3:  Heatsink Test Apparatus - Acoustic, Thermal
 4:  Thermal Test Results, Acoustic Sample
 5:  Conclusions on the Titan D5TB2A

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