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Reviewed By: Carl Nelson [11.04.00]
Manufactured by: ThermalTake
Suggested Price: $25


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 "Blue Core" Thunderbird 750 clocked at 1000 Mhz (1.85 volts).  The computer case is closed, to reproduce an actual environment most people will have at home.  Case temp was around 30 degrees at all times (it's hot this morning in Canada for some reason).  Arctic Silver thermal paste was used on both coolers.

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 Super Orb 34.0/93 45.0/113
Copper Hedgehog 34.0/93 41.0/107

Yes sir, the Super Orb is right on top of the Copper Hedgehog, which costs at least TWICE as much! I think I have a new favourite CPU cooler now ;)

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.  The Chrome Orb tried, and wasn't quite as good as the Golden Orbs... Athlons and Durons just run too hot!

The Super Orb, however, retains the "Kick Ass Price/Performance" title, with a price that is about half of similarly performing coolers.  If you have an Athlon or a Duron that you want to take all the way, but don't want to break the bank in doing so, the Super Orb is definitely the best choice.

  • Very good temperature scores
  • AWESOME price
  • Looks damn cool
  • Easy to install
  • Unbelievable Price/Performance ratio

  • Needs modification to fit on the Abit KT7-Raid...
  • Quite loud
  • While it performs well, others still perform better

Final Score: 93%