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Titan Eagle Copper VGA Cooler Titan Eagle Copper VGA Cooler: Graphics Cards can benefit from better cooling, especially if you're an overclocker. We look at Titan's offering.
Date: July 25, 2006
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Heat is without a doubt the single most pressing concern of any PC hardware enthusiast. Of course when you think of heat and cooling in relation to a PC, your first thought is to think of the CPU, and there is no doubt that today's CPU's can give off a fair amount of heat.

But the item for this article isn't a cooler for the CPU but a cooler for you graphics card. Overclockers and general enthusiasts alike will know that video cards can produce a lot of heat; in some cases they'll easily pass CPU's for thermal output. Enter the .

Specifications

Titan EAGLE (TTC-CSC82TB(DIY)) Outline Dimension 35.5 x 135 x 90 mm
Fan Dimension 80x80x10 mm
Rated Voltage 12V DC
Rated Speed 2000 ± 10%RPM Airflow 23.58 CFM
Static Pressure 0.93 mm Aq
Noise Level < 22 dBA Rated Current 0.14A
Power Consumption 1.68W
No. of Pole 4 Pole
Rotation Direction Counter-Clockwise

Full details and a listed of supported cards (regularly updated) on .

Included with the package is the cooler itself sporting a golden winged appearance as well as a group of self adhesive ramsinks in matching gold. Unlike the cooler, the ramsinks are apparently not copper but aluminium. Also in the package is some thermal paste in a small syringe as well as all the needed bolts and screws to mount the cooler on to your card.

The top of the cooler, as mentioned before, has a winged appearance with a gold bladed fan to provide the active cooling. The copper cooling fins are anodized black which contrast nicely with the gold plastic surround.

Turning the cooler over we can see the (protected during shipping) copper core and the X shaped mounting plate which in conjunction with the supplied bolts, springs and screws holds the cooler on the card. Power for the fan comes from the motherboard 3pin fan headers and Titan have sleeved the wiring for the cooler to protect and further enhance the appearance. I was a little worried I wouldn't be able to find a header close enough but the 5 or 6 motherboards I have to hand all have headers within range of the 6 inches or so of cable so I don't think you would have an issue.

Installation

Installation will (obviously) require you to remove your card from your system and of course remove the existing cooler. We are going to mount the cooler on a 6600GT. The instructions for installation can be found on the inside of the packaging card.

After cleaning up the core of the gpu and applying a new layer of thermal paste, you then need to work out which two mounting points on the cooler match two mounting holes on the card. In the case of this 6600GT, the original holes were used.

You then screw in the standoffs to the mounting plate on the bottom of the cooler use the a rubber washer on each where they touch the card. Turning the card over you put another rubber washer on each and then use a screwdriver to tighten up the supplied spring loaded screws. And that's it. It's a 5 minute job really and the only thing left to do is plug the card in (not forgetting to plug in the fan header as well).

Testing

Idle and Load temperatures from a temperature probe mounted (and touching the core – something that's very easy to do with this cooler by the way) by the core of the 6600GT and an X1800GTO were taken three times and the results averaged. The case used is an Antec P160 with the side panel in place and a 120mm fan front and back for entry and exhaust airflow. Case ambient temperature was at 29C (idle) and results ignored if the case temperature was .5C different either way. For idle testing, Windows XP was allowed to boot up and sit idle for 15 minutes before recording a temperature and load testing was done with a looping timedemo of Quake4 (SMP Enabled).

Idle
Load
Stock 6600GT
43C
54C
Titan Eagle 6600GT
37C
50C
IceQ3 X1800GTO
46C
62C
Titan Eagle X1800GTO
48C
65C

To be fair, comparing the Titan VGA cooler with the HIS solution isn't the greatest test since the HIS IceQ3 is already engineered to keep the X1800GTO cooler than a stock HSF. However it does show that the Titan is pretty good in comparison and ignoring the IceQ3 numbers and looking purely at the Titan numbers you can see that the X1800GTO core is kept plenty cool enough. The 6600GT shows the biggest difference which isn't surprising as the stock HSF, while copper and quite sufficient for every day purposes and some mild overclocking, cannot keep up with the larger surface area of the Titan cooler. From a noise point of view, the Titan is pretty quiet although I could hear it in a watercooled setup easily enough.

Final Words

The main thing to ask yourself about the Titan Eagle Copper VGA cooler is; Do I really need a new VGA cooler? Overclockers and modders will appreciate the benefits of the Titan Eagle. It's good looking and looks to be a good performer. Our test results show a significant decrease in temperatures from a standard cooler you would find on a basic graphics card. Of course if your card supplier has already uprated the cooling out-of-the-box then there is little point in looking at a third party cooler in the first place.

If you are looking at a third party cooler then the cooler is a good place to start. It's quiet, looks good, easy to install and you get everything you need in the package. There are a couple of caveats here though. The first is to make sure that your card is supported; Titan regularly update the list on their website. The second is to keep in mind that this will transform your single slot card into a double slot card; that is to say that the Titan Eagle is large enough to protrude into the area below your cards slot and effectively use up a second slot, something that could be a big issue for Crossfire/SLI setups.

All in all this is a good product and one that isn't overly expensive. One (big) problem I can see is that looking online (at time of writing) I can't find anyone selling the Titan Eagle, but if you can find one and you're after a third party VGA cooler, you won't be disappointed with the Titan Eagle Copper VGA Cooler.

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