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Titan Fenrir TTC-NK85TZ CPU Cooler

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A Closer Look

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  Looking at the top of the Titan FENRIR we find the Titan and FENRIR logos stamped and printed. The FENRIR name is derived from the giant wolf of Norse mythology.

“Another myth tells of Fenrir, a wolf who was one of several monstrous children that Loki fathered. Fenrir grew up in Asgard among the gods, but he was so fierce that only Odin’s son Tyr could feed him. Fearing what Fenrir might do, the gods tried to chain him down. The wolf, however, broke every metal chain as though it were made of grass. Odin ordered the dwarfs to produce an unbreakable chain. The suspicious Fenrir would not let the gods put it around his neck until Tyr placed his hand in the wolf’s mouth. Once he discovered that he could not break this new chain, the enraged Fenrir bit Tyr’s hand off. The gods left Fenrir bound on a distant island, from which his howls could be heard. When the final battle of Ragnarok approaches he will break free.”

  Seeing that the FENRIR is the CPU cooler, does that mean our precious processor is Tyr’s hand or maybe its the unbreakable chain? On a thought, it might mean that we are going to see some monstrous performance numbers. Let’s hope for the later.

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  Although the Titan FENRIR appeared to be held sufficiently between the plastic compartments, it does appear that we have a little damage. Having had several coolers come packed this way, this is by no means anything new. If the main base of the cooler isn’t securely held in the package, it can slide around a little which is probably what caused the thin aluminum fins to bend. Thankfully though, these can easily be flexed back into shape. Although it wont be perfect, it will look better.

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  Like many of the larger heatpipe coolers. The aluminum fins give the Titan FENRIR a bit of a unique look. The FENRIR has roughly 50 aluminum fins tightly spaced from the top to bottom. Most realize that the more fins you pack in the larger the overall cooling surface is for the cooler. Generally the larger the cooling surface the better the performance. But keep in mind that as you pack the fins in tighter, this increases the airflow restriction as well which might hurt the performance. So finding the happy medium is the challenge manufactures must overcome.

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  Looking at the side profile of the Titan FENRIR, we see that our four U-Shapped heatpipes are kept more toward the center of the aluminum fins. Although Titan doesn’t have the size of the heatpipes listed. They appear to be the larger 8mm pipes rather than the standard 6mm pipes.

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  The main base is made of aluminum. The heatpipes are pressed flat along the bottom side and milled flat with the aluminum to allow for adequate contact with the CPU’s heatspreader. Now some enthusiast have questioned the slight gaps you find between the copper heatpipe and the aluminum upper base. I personally don’t find this to be an issue seeing that all heatpipe coolers have a slight gap where they pass through the base, some are even large enough that you can visually see light pass through the gaps. The idea behind the HDT technology is to allow the heat to transfer from the CPU to the heatpipes quicker by having less material between the CPU and the pipe itself.

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  Unpacking the accessory box we find several small bags of washers, screws, thumb nuts, standoffs, and a tube of thermal paste. The lower AMD mounting bracket, the lower Intel mounting bracket and the universal upper mounting bracket. As well as the 120mm fan and its mounting clips.

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  And we have the instruction manual. Although the image doesn’t show it. The manual is fairly easy to read and the images provide good examples. I know a lot of users do not want to take time to read the manual (ya its a guy thing), but it’s always best to take a second and do so. You want to make sure you install the FENRIR correctly the first time especially if you have to remove your motherboard to do so.

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