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Raijintek Triton CPU Water Cooler Review

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Testing and Results

Testing Methodology

CPU coolers in this test were tested in a case at its upright position with the case side panel closed. The case used in this test was the Cooler Master Silencio 652S with two Silencio FP-120 fans at the front intake and one Silencio FP-120 at the rear exhaust. These fans were set to 100% and a GTX 780 Ti was left installed in order to create a real-world scenario. Coolers with 240mm radiators were mounted at the top of the case with the fans blowing out of the system. 120mm coolers are mounted in the rear exhaust with two 140mm fans at the top of the case for exhaust. To make things more interesting, I threw in the older Cooler Master V8 (non GTS) high performance heat sink into this test just to see how this older air cooler stacks up with modern liquid coolers. Air coolers were oriented so the hot air blows directly out through the rear exhaust.

All coolers were tested using AIDA64 Engineering Edition with an AMD FX-8350 CPU at 4.6Ghz (1.392v/1.440v) with an ambient room temperature of 20C. The stress test ran for 30 minutes on all coolers. Each cooler ran the test three times and the average of the three tests were recorded. The stock fans that come with most liquid cooling units are sometimes too loud or not adequate enough for the job. To test the cooling capacity of just the liquid cooling devices, two powerful Cougar CF-V12HPB fans were used to replace all of the stock fans to generate another set of results. These fans were plugged directly into the power supply to have them run at 100%. This was done to obtain the most consistent data across all coolers. The same amount of thermal interface material was used for each cooler. IC Diamond was used in this test and was cleaned off using 91% isopropyl when a different CPU cooler was tested. Let’s jump into the testing results.

Raijintek Triton Dual Cougar CF-V12HPB Fans

Test System

  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3
  • System Memory: 4x4GB 1600MHz DDR3
  • Processor: AMD FX-8350 @ 4.6GHz
  • Audio: Creative Labs SB X-Fi
  • Video: MSI GeForce GTX 780 Ti Twin Frozr
  • Disk Drive 1: Crucial MX100 256GB SSD
  • Disk Drive 2: Seagate Barracuda 500GB HDD
  • Enclosure: Cooler Master Silencio 652S
  • PSU: Corsair CX750M 750W Modular
  • Monitor: HP 23bw 23″ IPS display
  • Operating System: Windows 8.1 Professional 64-Bit

Results

The Raijintek Triton performed very well against the more expensive Corsair H100i liquid CPU cooling unit. The noise generated from both the Triton 120mm fans and Corsair SP120L fans were loud at maximum speed, but I would not consider this a realistic scenario. Putting on the Cougar fans did lower the noise level to a more comfortable zone. Even if the temperatures were just a little higher compared to the stock fans, the FX-8350 was nowhere close to throttling.

Raijintek Triton CPU Cooler Comparison

The Triton has really impressed me so far with these results. At a more affordable price, it competes well against the more expensive Corsair H100i. With the ability to expand with more radiators, the Triton can easily perform just as well if not better than a custom water cooling system. Also keep in mind, the Triton radiator uses a higher fin density design compared to the Corsair H100i. It may be very likely that the Triton can outperform the H100i when both coolers are in a push and pull configuration, but for now the results are incredible for how much it is worth.


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  1. WhyNotV2

    Good review as always and that’s a hell of a good looking cooler when installed. I personally would add another “con”. The cooler is designed in a manner that allows for expansion as well as coolant color customization (including the addition of what looks like simple food coloring), yet doing either voids the warranty? As I said, that’s a bit of a negative to me.

    1. Meng Vang

      I do agree with you. From what I have heard, the sticker is there to prevent novice users from opening and potentially causing damage to the cooler. Raijintek may still honor their warranty even if the user has dyed the coolant, but excessive modifications to the unit can easily void it.

  2. JackNaylorPE

    Couple of things worth addressing that I think users would be interested in….apologize if I missed covered items but perhaps these items could be addressed in more detail.

    1. How is this affected by Asetek patent thing ? If Swiftech for example couldn’t sell a block mounted pump, how does Raijintek get by ?

    2. Given the presence of the Swiftech H220-X, H240-X and H140-X, and the (3) Fractal Kelvin models, is “this liquid cooling unit [really] unique” ? …. I’m guessing you intended “unique for a 2 x 120mm @ $99” ?

    3. Could you comment on the fan grommets ?…at the corners, there appear to be rubber grommets for vibration isolation. Nice addition.

    4. I was expecting more …. besides noise 🙂 …. out of the high fpi rads. One would think given previous comments about the proper SP and high fpi that they would have done better in the testing. Perhaps held back by the pump ? See item 8.

    5. Nice touch on the compression fittings, even Swiftech uses cheaper barbs and hose clamps.

    6. What does it mean “voids the standard warranty” …. does that mean there is a “non-standard” warranty left in place ? How does that compare to the Swiftech / Fractal warrantees ?

    7. The radiator material (Aluminum) is an important piece of information that I didn’t see mentioned. The relevance of mixed metals in the loop and how this is mitigated “as supplied” with installed coolant along with what is necessary of coolant replaced would be of value to readers. This no doubt accounts to the expense of the Fractal / Swiftech units.

    8. The 32 gph (0.53 gpm) pump is better than the 0.32 gpm or so of typical CLCs and the Kelvin but far short of the 1.0 gpm threshold typically sought by custom loop water coolers (and as provided by Swiftech H220-X). How do you think this impacts the test results ? In loop testing w/ 6 temp sensors, I saw Delta T’s of just 0.4C across 5 x 140mm of radiator (inlet temp minus outlet temp) at 0.75 gpm … from 1.05 gpm on up is was pretty much stable at 2.2 to 2.4 Delta T.

    1. Meng Vang

      Thank you for addressing these details. The Raijintek Triton is a cheaper alternative if users want a 240mm liquid cooling unit. At just under $100, this gives users a cheaper alternative in getting an expandable AIO liquid cooling unit rather than spending more on something that will offer similar performance and features.

      There are no rubber grommets for vibration isolation, but that’s something I would have liked to see. The fans do get loud at maximum speed and can cause vibration, but I did not notice any during the testing period. I hope in a later version they will include rubber grommets on the fans.

      The radiator is made of aluminum while the block is made of copper. I would not consider this ideal for a water cooling system, but the user can replace the coolant or radiator at any time they choose. This does become a problem for a novice user since they just want to put the cooler into their computer and forget about it.

      Removing the sticker on the fill port does void the standard 2-year warranty. But from what I have heard, Raijintek may still replace the unit even if the sticker has been removed only if the user has not done excessive modifications or physical damage to the unit.

  3. Caring1

    All AIO’s should come with compression fittings like this and the CPU block should be available separately.
    If they were, then the pump could be replaced if it failed, or the hoses or radiator upgraded at any time without the massive cost of a custom loop.

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