Raijintek Triton Review
We remarked in the introduction that with so much choice in the AIO market, the boys in marketing are having to come up with features to make their products stand out from the crowd. Some have gone for the performance crown, others for silence and yet others for low cost. Raijintek though have chosen to walk a path we've not seen yet. In producing a modular AIO with clear tubing and conventional compression fittings, not only have they produced something that can be up graded, but with the inclusion of three coloured dyes in the box the end user can also choose a colour of coolant to match his build. We make no secret that we here at OC3D don't necessarily sign up to the modular AIO concept, being more of the opinion that if you want to go down the custom water route after your AIO build you're unlikely to keep and re use any of the original components, still, if that's in your grand plan, then it's each to their own as they say.
Along with the features above you're basically getting a 240mm radiator based AIO. The Radiator is pretty well made, arriving with no bent fins and a nice healthy sheen to the paint. We say pretty well made as we did note that one end of the cowling had sprung away slightly from the end of the rad, which resulted in us having to give it a push back into place in order to get the fans to fit on, but once there it stayed put. The fans themselves are white bladed with red central spinners sporting the Raijintek logo. At full tilt they are more than a bit loud, not nearly as much as the ear bleed inducing Corsair's we looked at recently, but too loud for everyday desk top activity use. The Triton doesn't come with any fancy pants control and monitoring software, but wind the hard wired fan speed controller down to half way and the fans become barely audible, the downside of this being that the effect on the performance as seen in the torture test charts is quite devastating. Sure, there's a point higher up the fan speed where performance picks up, but then so does the noise level. The "Medium" level we decided upon was halfway down the dial and was representative of the "Balanced" level we've seen in other manufacturer’s kit. What is unusual though is that turning the dial all the way down to minimum has very little effect on the cooling performance, with temps separated from medium by only a degree or part thereof.
The pump is a bit of a chunky monkey, measuring 38x56x39mm. Made primarily from clear acrylic it does though have a copper base with a highly reflective, if not totally flat chrome coating. In use the pump is near silent, with the very faint hum it makes only becoming evident when the fans are slowed right down. Inside the pump, which also doubles as a small reservoir into which the dyes are added there are a pair of white LEDs which serve to subtly illuminate the coolant. We have to say we're undecided on the aesthetics and size of the pump, feeling it's just a little too large and disproportionate. It's also not the easiest in the world to fit, with for once the requirement to use a back plate making the process a little simpler than the backplateless 2011 system.
At under £65 the Triton is a bit of a steal, and represents great value not just as an AIO but one that offers the ability to add a bit of bling to the inside of your case, mimicking, if not actually achieving a bit of the "Custom loop" look. There are other AIOs on the market, but none that offer what the Triton is able to. Question is, are the guys in marketing producing "Features" or "Gimmicks"? A lot will depend on your viewpoint. We think you probably know how we see things.
Looking below at the scores we've awarded, you might think the performance score is a little harsh considering it placed well in the charts at high fan speeds. The reason for this is simply that at Medium and Low settings the performance was less than impressive, even if it was quiet. To score well here a cooler has to perform well across the board.