This numbered and limited edition heatsink from Asus is called the Triton 79 Amazing. The company introduced
this little heatsink and 3199 others like it in the spring of 2007, so if
you're a fan of gilded thermal solutions you may already own one. A
subsidiary of Asus called AMA
Precision manufactures all of Asus' heatsinks, and this particular unit made its way
onto Frostytech's test bench all the way from the show floor at
Computex 2008 in Taipei where we met with company representatives.
Similar to the Silent Square EVO,
the ASUS Triton 79 Amazing heatsink makes use of
the fin-fan-fin arrangement to get the most from its two towers and quad heatpipes. Sandwiched
in the middle is a 120mm PWM fan that spins at 1300RPM, making the Triton 79 Amazing fairly quiet under
power. The heatsink is compatible with Intel socket 775 and AMD
socket 754/939/940/AM2+ processors, stands 148mm tall and weighs in at 670 grams.
The entire unit is dark nickel plated for a striking visual impact; aluminum fins right
through to the copper base plate.
I'd be remiss not to mention the packaging which encases
the Triton 79 Amazing. The cooler arrives in a luxurious golden box, encased
in a die cut foam block lined with black velvet. The mounting clips,
instructions and even screws are individually packaged in little foam cut
outs... It's quite a sight to behold, and has completely no bearing on how the
heatsink performs thermally.
|ASUS Triton 79
|Model No.: Triton 79 Amazing|
|Materials: dark nickel plated aluminum
fins, copper heatpipes, copper base.|
| Fan Mfg: n/a|
|Fan Spec: 1300RPM, 12V, 0.20A|
|Fan Dim: 25x120x120mm|
|Heatsink & Fan Dim: 148x120x109mm |
|Weight: 670 grams|
|Includes: LGA775 and K8 socket mounting
hardware, thermal compound, instructions|
Compatible with Sockets: 754/939/940/AM2/AM2+, LGA775
|Est. Pricing: $70USD
the top gold-anodized cap from the Asus Triton 79 Amazing heatsink gives us a better view of its construction.
The four 6mm diameter heatpipes rise into towers of aluminum fins 120x40mm
in area, standing 80mm tall. The 120mm fan is suspended in the void
between the aluminum fins, its impeller blades just barely poking out the
The power cable from the fan can
occassionally get caught up in the fan's impeller, so it's wise to route it well
out of the way of spinning objects. One other curious aspect of the Triton 79
Amazing is the size of the 30x30mm base plate; it's ideal for Intel processors
but somewhat undersized for the 37.5x37.5mm square AMD socket AM2 CPUs.
Triton 79 Amazing heatsink is compatible with both Intel and AMD processors
so two different mounting brackets are supplied. Installation is quite simple for
socket 775 processors because the heatsink uses the standard Intel push-to-click
retention tabs. For AMD motherboards the standard K8 mounting clip is used which
locks onto the heatsink retention frame. True to its 'luxury' packaging, even
the mounting brackets are gold plated.
FrostyTech's Test Methodologies are outlined in detail here if you care to know what equipment is
used, and the parameters under which the tests are conducted. Now let's move
forward and take a closer look at this heatsink, its acoustic characteristics,
and of course its performance in the thermal tests!