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Reviewed By: Carl Nelson [02.19.01]
Manufactured by: ThermalTake
Suggested Price: $25 


First Thing's First

I guess I'll get this out of the way right now: YES the Mini Super Orb (which is about 4mm less in diameter than the Super and Chrome Orbs) DOES fit perfectly on the KT7-RAID.  4mm was all it took, if the Mini Super Orb cools as well as the original, I don't see a reason to keep producing the originals...

There you have it; fits like a glove.  I also took this opportunity to dust my PC... It looks like the chipset fan is hitting puberty!


If you've read my other Orb reviews, you'll know that I am a big fan of their clip design.  I know some have problems with it, but I think if you weigh more than 80 lbs, you should have no problems getting the nice big thumb-clip down.  You would also know that I detest the cheap clips used by GlobalWin and Alpha... How do they get away with charging so much for such cheap-ass clips?

The cooler you see on the right is the Volcano II (reviewed here), another viable cheapo cooler.  The clip it uses has a handy screwdriver slot, allowing you to get even more leverage on the tight clip.

Just How Mini Is It?

I bet you can't even tell which one is the "Mini"... Well it isn't that hard, but at only 4mm, there better not be any sort of performance hit! We'll find out soon enough....

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

Tell us a Bit More

I just realized that you may not be familiar at all with the Super Orb.  Like I said on the previous page, it is a beefed up Chrome Orb.  Just how beefy? Take a look (this is a pic from our original Super Orb review, but the Mini Super is just as tall):

It's almost 4cm taller than the Chrome Orb! Not only that, they double up on the fans as well. One fan spins slightly faster than the other, moving 23.1 CFM, and the other moves 21 CFM.  Combined, they perform VERY well, but also make a hell of a lot of noise.  The noise produced by the Super Orb is nothing compared to the obnoxious wail of the GlobalWin FOP-38, but it is noticeable, especially compared to the relative quiet hum of the Chrome Orb, and especially compared to the stealthy Volcano II.

We're not going to bother inundating you with benchmarks running just the top fan, then the bottom fan, etc... Just know that two fans are better than one, and that is how you should run your Super Orb.

Bottom Line was that it performed quite well as a cheap cooler (found for around $25 at most vendors).  It got our 750 Athlon up to 1000 Mhz with no problems, where the Chrome Orb failed.  Hedgehog was also able to do it, but at twice the price, and no further than 1 Ghz.

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