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Raijintek Triton CPU Water Cooler Review

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Liquid Cooling Final Thoughts

The Raijintek Triton easily stands out from standard liquid cooling units with its transparent tubes and large CPU water block. The block contains the pump as well as a reservoir, which is not something you would normally see in most traditional pre-sealed liquid cooling system. The performance is excellent for the price and the ability to expand allows for even greater cooling potential. The block contains two LED’s which lights up when the pump is running, giving some additional illumination inside the case. This liquid cooling unit looks great when installed in many different systems. With the Triton and Triton Core editions, three color coolant bottles are available for coloring the water to match a specific scheme. The Triton is ready to cool right out of the box, but the choice is yours to customize it to meet your own needs.

Raijintek Triton Installed

Raijintek Triton Conclusion

For what it is, the Triton does very well when it comes to cooling one of the hottest CPU’s. I was not expecting this type of performance with this liquid cooler. The stock fans are good, but they can be very loud at maximum speed. Luckily, a built-in fan controller is included in order to control cooling performance and noise level. Slower RPM fans can be used in a push and pull configuration in order to increase airflow while running at lower RPM’s. Adding additional radiators can increase cooling capacity, but doing so will void the standard warranty. Even if you do not choose to add additional fans or expand the loop, the Triton is still ready to cool right out from the box.

The Triton looks amazing with its transparent tubes and its large CPU water block. There are two white LED’s inside the block to add additional illumination. The unit looks very nice in white, but adding the color dyes to the unit is another great feature to have. Users may not only expand to the loop, but they may also color the water within the cooling unit to match a specific scheme. A downside from doing this is it will also void the standard warranty. Another downside is if the user wants to change to a different color, they will have to empty the entire loop and purchase a clear coolant to dye it again. But having these features to change the appearance is better than not having them at all.

The entire unit is well built all around. There was no leakage anywhere on the unit even while moving and flexing the unit during installation. The only concern I have is the fact that the tubing is not kink proof. Users with smaller cases may encounter problems with the long tubes causing kinks, but the ones with larger cases may be very thankful for the longer tubes. The reason why I chose the Cooler Master Silencio 652S case for the tests was because my previous case was too small and caused the tubes to kink easily. Of course, shorter tubes may be used to replace the longer tubes eventually.

When it comes to functionality, the Triton does everything it should. The radiator can be mounted on the top or the front intake of most cases and provide great cooling performance with adequate airflow. Installing the water block on the CPU was very easy to do in a larger case, but can be more difficult with smaller cases. With support for all modern AMD and Intel sockets, system builders can become confident knowing the Triton is compatible with their systems.

As of April 2015, the Triton sells online for $99.90 (Newegg | Amazon). At this competitive price range, you can still expect about the same performance offered from the more expensive liquid cooling units. So what can you do with the extra money you saved from purchasing the Triton over its competitors? You can use that money for an extra radiator, better radiator fans, or maybe a nice authentic dinner. If you are looking for a good upgrade from an air cooler or even a low-end liquid cooler, the Raijintek Triton may be right up your alley.

Pros: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award Logo (Small)

+ Performs well against more expensive liquid coolers
+ Looks great in any system
+ Compatible with modern AMD and Intel Sockets
+ Solid mounting hardware
+ Great flexibility for customization and expansion
+ Ready to cool right out of the box
+ Built-in fan controller
+ Includes a reservoir in the water block

Cons:

– Long preinstalled tubes will kink in tight space
– Customization and expansion will void the standard warranty
– Fans are very loud at maximum speed

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.25
  • Appearance: 9.00
  • Construction: 8.75
  • Functionality: 9.00
  • Value: 9.00

Final Score: 9.0 out of 10.0.

Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.

COMMENT QUESTION: What expansion/customization ideas do you have in mind for the Raijintek Triton?

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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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