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Introduction
 
Titan are a familiar name in the computing world. Established in 1989 they have been producing various computing products since. Most of they're products are orientated around cooling of the enthusiasts PC, including CPU heatsinks, GPU heatsinks, system blowers and Fans. However the company also produces various speaker packages and power inverters.
 
Today we will be be examining one of they're cooling products, the RTNV (standing for Reduced Temperature Noise Vibration) hard drive cooler. As its name makes clear, the RTNV is designed to reduce both the noise level and temperatures of the drive.
 
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Packaging
 
The unit arrived in a fairly hefty blister pack, meaning there's very little to report on really. Looking very much like its designed to sit on a retail shelf, It follows the usual protocol of having the product displayed prominently at the bottom of the package. With a cardboard insert in the back displaying the product name on the front and a few details about it on the back.
 
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Unfortunately the plastic package hadn't faired well in its trip too me. However the contents seemed to have survived with a minor abrasion. I'd put this down to the unit itself being quite robust, but i think it would have been nice to see a bit more protection in the packaging.
 
Package
 
As with the packaging, the package is basic. The cooler comes with only the bag of screws. Some that hold the unit together, and some to hold it into the 5.25" drive bay. The instructions are found inside the fold of the card insert.
 
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While there is no fancy extras, you really don't need any more to get this unit installed and operational.
 
On the next page we will take a look at the specifications and the product itself...


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Specification
 
Taken from titans own website: 
 
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A Closer Look
 
Here we see the unit as a whole. The top of the unit is a spiky affair, sporting the titan logo and the words 'Cool and Silent'.
 
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Inside you see the large, fat heat pads. Currently covered by protective film. The sides are lined with a foam which is designed to not allow the noise of the drive out.
 
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It's a solid product, being made out of only 4 pieces of aluminium. It's covered in fins to maximise its surface area, and therefore (in theory at least) dissipate the heat form the drive faster.
 
Turn the page to see the installation...


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Installation
 
Following the instructions printed on the inside of the card insert, installation of the drive to the cooler was a simple affair. Starting by peeling back the protective plastic covers from the heat pads.
 
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Followed by placing the drive into the bottom half of the unit, making sure that the connectors are situated correctly. This was a little bit of a squeeze due the foam on the sides. But hopefully it'll mean that the drives  vibrations will be well dampened.
 
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The next step was to screw on the bottom of the cooler using the screws provided. This squishes the drive into place and ensures proper contact with the heat pads.  Unfortunately, this 30 second, easy-as-pie sounding job was made quite frustrating by the fact that without a magnetic screw driver of the right size. As soon as the screw passed the fist fin it tumbled off the end of the screw driver and more often than not off into oblivion somewhere. There was quite a lot of force required to get the top and bottom flush but, as with the foam, hopefully this means the pads will be making very good contact.
 
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After several minutes of battling with screws and crawling around on the floor trying to find dropped ones. You finish by screwing in the back plate. Making the unit fully rigid. Following sandwiching the drive into the unit.
 
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All that remains is to slide it into a spare 5 & 1/4" drive bay and screw it in using up the remainder of the provided screws.
 
The next page explores the products performance...


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Testing
 
To really put the RTNV though it paces I installed (as you saw on the previous page) a Western Digital 150GB Raptor into its tight grip. I felt that this 10,000 RPM drive would be best suited to test the cooler as, due to the extra speed it possess over a regular 7200RPM drive, it kicks out a fair bit of heat. The second reason for choosing this drive is to test the RTNV was the noise output. Again due to its extra speed this drive is loud to say the least. The other bits and pieces used in the review were:
 
Intel E4300
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Lian Li PC-70
 
 
Temperatures
 
Obviously, the most important aspect of any product that advertises itself as a cooler is, simply, how good it is at cooling. So to test this aspect I started by mounting my WD Raptor into a spare 3.5" bay of the PC-70 (the intake fans that blow over the drives were off for the testing).
 
Unfortunately at this point i hit a bit of a wall. While testing other coolers here at OC3D we've been able to conjure up fantastic graphs depicting Idle and load temperatures, accurately portraying how the cooler in question handles the chip its intended to cool. Unfortunately there's no real way to load up a hard drive that makes a significant change to the temperature. After trying several methods of achieving this, it became obvious that I'd just have to measure the temperature over a time.
 
In light of this I started the drive from cold, allowed the test system to boot into windows and opened with a long HD tach run. I then allowed the drive 30 minutes to warm up as far as it would it that time, while doing everyday activities on the computer. After this 30 minutes the temperature was recorded.
 
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As you can see the RTNV did exactly what its intended to, and quite successfully at that. achieving roughly a 25% drop in temperature the cooler certainly out performed my expectations.
 
Noise
 
Unfortunately I posses no such testing equipment as to provide figures to portray the noise levels of the drive. So you will have to rely on my ear for this test.
 
The Raptor is a loud drive by anyone standards and coupled into the PC-70s normal 3.5" by it made a constant racket. To make things worse the nose was amplified by the vibrations being transferred to the case.
 
The RTNV did a fairly good job of quieting the drive down. The constant whirring noise of the drive spinning was lost almost totally and there was no amplification throughout the case. The unit didn't totally silence the drive, as during hard pressed seek times the slight grinding could be made out above the fans. The noise levels emitted from the drive, while not totally silent, were definitely lower. And keeping in mind that the Raptor is extremely loud to start with, I feel that the RTNV could being a normal drive to almost dead silence.
 
Flip the page for the final conclusion...


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Conclusion
 
Overall the RTNV does it job perfectly well. Cooling the drive beyond what it claims in the testing and silencing an extremely noisy drive to acceptable levels. It could be questionable about the overall usefulness of the product, as if the drive is only getting to 39°C to start with then does it really need cooling? Cooler electronics normally mean longer life and overall healthier system, however. So the need is there and Titan have met it with a product that has met up the the challenge.
 
It's a shame to see the product presented in packaging that's not quite up to the task of keeping it safe. This really leaves it up to the retailer to protect the item from the rough handed carriers. The only real flaw with the product seems to be the issue putting in the screws, but this really is a minor gripe and doesn't effect the product when installed and working anyway.
 
Upon searching the web for a price for the RTNV I couldn't find one at any of my normal e-tailer stops, and a Google product search revealed nothing form either the US or UK side of the pond. However I did find a few European stockists and their prices were hovering around the €35 mark, translating into about £26 at the time of writing. This seems a little steep to me, but the cost can be justified if your looking to for results when cooling and silencing a drive. 
 
 
The Good
+ Cuts Temperatures
+ Cuts Noise
+ Solid Build

The Mediocre
* Poor Packaging

The Bad
- Not much to report
 
 
 
Thanks to Titan for providing the sample for review.
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