For reference the results from the stock aluminum Athlon 64 heatsink and heat pipe version (which comes with higher end X2 models) were included in the charts below.
The stock fan is quite loud at full speed when compared with ?low-noise? solutions, yet it manages to drop noise levels ~5dBA over the stock heat piped AMD heatsink. Combining the Titan with the more silent Delta fan allows the performance/noise balance to improve, as there is only a slight drop in thermal performance compared to the noticeable decrease in noise. With the stock fan at 50% the noise level is barely over ambient and performance is still acceptable.
Let?s turn up the heat:
This Athlon 64 overclocked test configuration with high vcore has proven to be quite a challenge for air cooled heatsinks to manage silently. The outcome for the Titan is encouraging; with the stock fan at full speed the CPU temperature result drops it right in between the two stock heatsinks, but looking at noise levels it?s clearly in the lead here (~9dBA difference translates into twice as silent).
The 92mm Delta fan didn?t provide enough airflow through the aluminum fins to keep the system running stable, confirming our assertion that this heatsink will perform best with medium/higher speed 92mm fans.Conclusion
The TTC-NK32TZ from Titan makes a good impression, although it won?t give you the best noise/performance balance it?s not all that counts, with a retail price close to ?20
and easy installation it will keep all but the hottest system out there running cool at medium to low noise levels.
We tested it?s S775 brother, TTC-NK34TB , in this roundup
and it?s safe to say that on S775 it will do well also.PRO
Very quiet when fan is slowed down to 50%
Easy Clip-On Installation
Very competitively pricedCON
Quite noisy with fan at full speed (43dBA @ 50cm)
We thank Titan
for their help in making this review possible.
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