Titan Amanda TEC Cooler
Test Setup and Installation
To put Amanda through her paces, I installed it into the following system:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
Abit IN9 32X Max
1GB Crucial Ballistix PC6400
To load up the Q6600, four instances of Prime95 were used. Ambient temperature throughout testing was 20°C (+/- 0.5°C).
The first and foremost point I'd like to raise about the installation of the Titan Amanda is the fact that they chose not to use Intel's twist n' push rubbish. This is an immediate plus point. Please note that the board used to demonstrate the installation here was an old K.I.A. P5N-E SLI and not the IN9 used in testing.
To start the procedure, you screw in the little brackets suitable for your chosen socket to the base of the cooler. This is a nice method of making the cooler universal to all sockets.
The next step consisted of slipping the insulation over the prongs for the 775 backplate. I used the neoprene-style insulation pad out of the two for no real reason. This is used simply to protect the motherboard from shorting out on the metal backplate, as I'm fairly sure the cooler's pelt isn't effective enough to warrant condensation protection.
The backplate then slides in behind the motherboard, prongs sticking through the mounting holes.
The cooler is then placed snugly over the top of the bolts so that the brackets attached in the first step match up to the chosen backplate.
Next up you screw the spring and nut combo onto the protruding thread, twist them a few times until they are tight enough, and the cooler is ready to go... Almost. So far the installation was an easy procedure, following a pretty much standard pattern that has been tried and tested and works fantastically.
The next part is slightly unusual for a cooler. You start by plugging in the thick, braided cable to the two loose sockets at the base of the cooler, and then plug the two fan connectors protruding from them into the headers. The first time I installed the cooler, I was following the instructions to the T and did it in the order I've described here. After this first time, it became apparent that it would be a lot easier to plug the braided cable into the sockets on the cooler itself first.
The last part of the installation is to slip the PCI card (yes, a cooler has a PCI card) into a spare slot and plug the other end of the fat braided cable into this card. Adding a molex from the PSU to the party completes the installation.
On the next page we will analyze test results...
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