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Reviewed By: Carl 'lowlight' Nelson [10.20.00]
Manufactured by: ThermalTake
Suggested Price: $15

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The Test 

To test the temperatures, we brought the CPU to absolute full load by running the Prime95 Torture Tests for about an hour.  We also measured the idle temp.

The CPU used is an AMD "Purple Core" Thunderbird 750 clocked at 950 Mhz (couldn't get higher than that with the Chrome Orb, but this may certainly not be the case with everyone).  The computer case is closed, to reproduce an actual environment most people will have at home.  Case temp was around 27 degrees at all times.

I'll put in some Fahrenheit numbers as well, since a lot of our readers are still stuck in the 70's ;)

HSF Unit Idle Temp (C/F) 60 Minutes of Prime95 (C/F)
Thermaltake Chrome Orb 33.0/91.0 49.0/120.0
Copper Hedgehog 31.2/87 37.2/98

As you can see, while the Chrome Orb doesn't quite match the performance of the HedgeHog, it does quite well.  At less than one-third price, I wouldn't even have to think twice about using the Golden Orb on my system (unless you really want to go ALL the way - we'll see how the also-affordable Super Orb does, which retails on October 26th)!

Stuff That Kicks Ass

  • Very good temperature scores

  • AWESOME price

  • Looks damn cool

  • Easy to install

Stuff That Sucks

  • Some of the more expensive Heatsinks will perform a lot better

  • Let me think of something else...

  • Hmmm... I guess...

  • Nothing!

The Ultimate in Price/Performance...?

The Golden Orb was a great cooler, it had a particularly good Price/Performance ratio for cooling your overclocked Pentium 3's or Celeron II's.  Unfortunately, Athlons and Durons run a LOT hotter than the P3's.  The Chrome Orb is enough to overclock your processor quite a bit, but to go all the way, you wil probably want something a bit more robust.  Perhaps the Super Orb will be just that.. I'm keeping my fingers crossed...

Overall Score: 86%

Now what do I do? Well you could:

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