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