The cooler foot is covered with protective plastic film sticker reminding the user that this sticker should be removed before installing the heatsink onto the CPU:
The surface quality is truly ideal. I don’t think I have to say how perfectly flat it is, but as for the polishing quality, you can see it yourselves from the picture above. By the way, Titan claims in the cooler specification that the heatsink foot is made of solid copper and features platinum shine finish (it is most likely to be the usual nickel-plated finish).
The part of the heatpipes contacting the cooler foot is slightly squeezed. There is special thermal interface applied between them and the heatsink foot, to ensure better contact:
The bottom plate is pressed against the top bracket with the regular screws. In the center of the bracket there is a square lug. It ensures better fixation of the cooler retention brackets that press the cooler against the CPU and prevent it from moving sideways:
The cooler can be installed onto the CPU very easily. It is a totally intuitive process. That is why we will not go into details regarding the cooler installation. For those who may still have questions here is a link to the official Titan page where you will find installation tips for all supported processor sockets. The most important thing that is worth stressing is that you install the heatsink onto the CPU first, and only then fasten the fan to it.
Once assembled and installed, the Titan Vanessa S-type cooler looks as follows:
As you can see, there is one unpleasant issue about it. When you install the cooler onto an LGA775 or Socket 478 platform, you can turn the heatsink and fan facing in any of the four directions. In case of a Socket 754/939/940, if the fastening holes on the mainboard PCB are located vertically (which is typical of most K8 mainboards), you can only choose from two possible installation positions. Namely, you can either direct the air flow from the graphics card towards the system PSU, or in the opposite direction (is there is enough room between the edge of the mainboard PCB and the system power supply unit). None of the options is actually acceptable for efficient cooling of the system interior. The warm graphics card being so close will hardly allow fresh cool air to get to the CPU fan. The close location to the system PSU also won’t do the CPU cooling any good. The heatpipes and the retention design will not allow you to turn the cooler so that the air flow could go directly to the case fan to be sent outside. However, if you are a lucky owner of a K8 mainboard with horizontal location of the cooler retention holes, you will not have to bother with this problem.
In conclusion to our installation discussion I would like to add that the fan rotation speed controlling device can fit not only into the 3.5” bay, but also onto the case rear panel instead one of the brackets (in this case you will have to remove the face panel from the device in advance). It is totally up to you to decide which of the two ways better serves your needs.