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Cooling solutions started moving towards 8 mm heatpipes instead of traditionally used 6 mm ones a while ago – back in the days of Enzotech Ultra-X or first Thermalright SI-128 revisions. At first glance this seemed like a logical solution on the manufacturers’ part, because the effective surface of the 8 mm heatpipes (provided all other conditions are identical) was 33.3% bigger than the effective surface of a 6 mm heatpipes, which should theoretically have positive effect on the efficiency of the heat transfer. However, since processor heat-spreaders are pretty small, you can actually use more 6 mm heatpipes in a heatsink than 8 mm ones and this way partially make up for the difference in the heatpipe diameter. Super-cooler heatsinks are more often built with six 6 mm heatpipes (rarely five), or four 8 mm ones. However, today we are going to compare side by side two cooling solutions with the same number of heatpipes of different diameter. We will talk about Titan Fenrir with four 8 mm heatpipes and Kingwin XT-1264 with four 6 mm heatpipes. This comparison is especially interesting not only because both these cooling solutions cost about the same, but also because both of them use heatpipe direct touch technology, which means that the effect from different heatpipes diameter will be more obvious here, while in traditional coolers it is usually leveled out by the heatsink.

So, let’s get started.

Package and Accessories

Both coolers ship in boxes of about the same size, but the Titan box is made of clear plastic, while the Kingwin one – of cardboard and has a cut-out window in the front.



The technical specifications and key features of both coolers are listed on the back and sides of the boxes. The coolers are bundled with the following accessories: 

  • Universal retention plate;
  • Backplate for LGA1366 mainboards;
  • Backplate for LGA775 mainboards 
    and AMD platforms;
  • Two wire clips for attaching the fan;
  • 4-pin to 3-pin power adapter;
  • A set of screws, spindles and screw-nuts;
  • Titan Royal Grease thermal paste;
  • Installation manual.

  • Two retention brackets for LGA1366 
  • Retention swing-clip for AMD platforms;
  • Two retention brackets for LGA775 
  • Two wire clips for attaching the fan;
  • A no-name pack of thermal compound;
  • Installation manual.

There is nothing extraordinary about the accessories bundled with these two cooling solutions. We are going to put Titan Royal Grease aside for our upcoming thermal compounds roundup. I only have to add that both cooling solutions are made in China.

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