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ASUS Triton 79 Amazing Heatsink Review
ASUS Triton 79 Amazing Heatsink Review
Abstract: Sandwiched in the middle is a 120mm PWM fan that spins at 1300RPM, making the Triton 79 Amazing fairly quiet under power. The heatsink is compatible with Intel socket 775 and AMD socket 754/939/940/AM2+ processors.

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ASUS   Cooling / Heatsinks   Jul 28, 2008   Max Page  

This numbered and limited edition heatsink from Asus is called the Triton 79 Amazing. The company introduced this little heatsink and 3199 others like it in the spring of 2007, so if you're a fan of gilded thermal solutions you may already own one. A subsidiary of Asus called AMA Precision manufactures all of Asus' heatsinks, and this particular unit made its way onto Frostytech's test bench all the way from the show floor at Computex 2008 in Taipei where we met with company representatives.

Similar to the Silent Square EVO, the ASUS Triton 79 Amazing heatsink makes use of the fin-fan-fin arrangement to get the most from its two towers and quad heatpipes. Sandwiched in the middle is a 120mm PWM fan that spins at 1300RPM, making the Triton 79 Amazing fairly quiet under power. The heatsink is compatible with Intel socket 775 and AMD socket 754/939/940/AM2+ processors, stands 148mm tall and weighs in at 670 grams. The entire unit is dark nickel plated for a striking visual impact; aluminum fins right through to the copper base plate.

I'd be remiss not to mention the packaging which encases the Triton 79 Amazing. The cooler arrives in a luxurious golden box, encased in a die cut foam block lined with black velvet. The mounting clips, instructions and even screws are individually packaged in little foam cut outs... It's quite a sight to behold, and has completely no bearing on how the heatsink performs thermally.

ASUS Triton 79 Amazing Heatsink
heatsink specsheet
manufacturer: asus
model no.: triton 79 amazing
materials: dark nickel plated aluminum fins, copper heatpipes, copper base.
fan mfg: n/a
fan spec: 1300rpm, 12v, 0.20a
fan dim: 25x120x120mm
heatsink & fan dim: 148x120x109mm
weight: 670 grams
includes: lga775 and k8 socket mounting hardware, thermal compound, instructions

Compatible with Sockets: 754/939/940/AM2/AM2+, LGA775
Est. Pricing: $70USD ($70CDN)

Removing the top gold-anodized cap from the Asus Triton 79 Amazing heatsink gives us a better view of its construction. The four 6mm diameter heatpipes rise into towers of aluminum fins 120x40mm in area, standing 80mm tall. The 120mm fan is suspended in the void between the aluminum fins, its impeller blades just barely poking out the sides.

The power cable from the fan can occassionally get caught up in the fan's impeller, so it's wise to route it well out of the way of spinning objects. One other curious aspect of the Triton 79 Amazing is the size of the 30x30mm base plate; it's ideal for Intel processors but somewhat undersized for the 37.5x37.5mm square AMD socket AM2 CPUs.

Installation Hardware

The ASUS Triton 79 Amazing heatsink is compatible with both Intel and AMD processors so two different mounting brackets are supplied. Installation is quite simple for socket 775 processors because the heatsink uses the standard Intel push-to-click retention tabs. For AMD motherboards the standard K8 mounting clip is used which locks onto the heatsink retention frame. True to its 'luxury' packaging, even the mounting brackets are gold plated.

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!

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Table of Contents:

 1: — ASUS Triton 79 Amazing Heatsink Review
 2:  360° View - Asus Triton 79 Amazing Heatsink
 3:  Acoustic Sample and Heatsink Sound Levels
 4:  AMD K8 Heatsink Temperature Comparisons
 5:  Intel LGA775 Heatsink Temperature Comparisons

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