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Reviewed By: Carl 'lowlight' Nelson [02.15.01]
Manufactured by: ThermalTake
Suggested Price: $20


Many people had problems with the twist-on clip used by the original Golden Orb for Pentium CPU's... Personally, I found it to be a heck of a lot easier than pretty much every other heatsink I had ever used in my entire life, but some people did... I guess they should listen to their Moms and stop playing Quake for a while, and go outside and get some fresh air and exercise...

The later Orb series coolers, such as the Chrome Orb and Super Orb use a variation on the old standby clip-on technique.  I would have preferred another twist on, but that wasn't going to happen after the cracked Duron nightmares, and the Little Rubber Feet (tm) getting in the way...

Thermaltake takes the clip one step closer to perfection with a handy screwdriver fitted clip.  Basically, rather than have a cheap ass clip gouge into your thumb before breaking off *cough*Globalwin*cough*, you can simply insert a flat-head screwdriver, and use that to put downward force on the clip.  This is the best clip I have ever seen, besides the Golden Orb twist-on method! Great work!

I have some good news for those who are weary of the electrolytic capacitors on their KT7-RAIDs... They will NOT get in the way! This should be obvious, due to the shape of the Volcano II, but I just wanted to point that out.

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Other Notes

I haven't tested it myself, but the Volcano II might fit on older PPGA Celeron chips.. The Golden Orb didn't cover the entire face of the chip, but with the square bottom, it might just work... It is designed for Socket A Athlons and Durons though.

The power cable was plenty long enough (the earlier Golden Orbs had shorter cables, but never enough to really cause problems). 

Let's give you some performance numbers... I am happy to report that I am writing this review with the Athlon clocked at 1 Ghz.  So you know it cools at least as well as the Super Orb, but without the loud fans, and it's at least $5 cheaper! I still can't get over 1Ghz with either cooler, however.  The Chrome Orb can't make it to 1 Ghz at all.

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Let's see how both the Volcano II and Super Orb fared against other, higher priced coolers

And now, back to the review! Performance!

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