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Reviewed By: Carl Nelson [04.10.01]
Manufactured by: ThermalTake
Suggested Price: $??


Thermaltake Keeps Going and Going and...

Thermaltake is at it again! This review marks our 7th Thermaltake product review! No, we're not Tt fanboys, you'll find that we are fair in all our reviews.  They just keep coming out with more and more products, and we are happy to review each one as they come out!

I'll start off with a basic roundup of our experiences with Thermaltake's Orb products:

  • Golden Orb - The original cooler that made Thermaltake famous.  This cooler is all but out-of-date now.  I wouldn't suggest picking one up anymore, but in their time, they were great for the cooler P3 chips, such as the P3 500... Old news now, however.

  • Chrome Orb - As soon as Thermaltake started hearing of people crushing their AMD Durons and Thunderbirds with the Golden Orb, they redesigned it and released it as the Chrome Orb.  It now fits those AMD CPUs, and they also improved on some things.  They put a better fan on it, and it has a smoother surface.  It cools better, and if you want a good middle-end cooler on the cheap, definitely look into a Chrome Orb.

  • Super Orb - Currently the most expensive orb you can get (at $25.. gee).  It is basically a Chrome Orb that is double the size and has two fans, on top of one another.  This makes for a very unique cooler, and it performs quite well for its price.  The two fans make it quite loud however.

  • Blue Orb - This is a great little chipset/video card cooler! Definitely better than the stock heatsink that comes with most video cards.  It comes with everything you need to install it on any video card.  It will even ship on Hercules video cards in the future - Highly recommended! 

  • Volcano II - A bit of an 'unconventional' cooler for Thermaltake, this low-priced heatsink is their best performer yet, and it is VERY quiet!

  • Mini Super Orb - All the power of a Super Orb in a narrow form factor to fit Abit (and other) motherboards!

Back to the Old School

The Orb line of coolers is what made Thermaltake famous.  It all started with the Golden Orb back in the P3 days (before T-Birds came out, when everyone had Pentium CPU's).  With the exception of the Volcano II, they haven't strayed from the basic Orb design in most of their product line. 

And why should they? The Orb gives them a look that is so unique from other coolers, and is functional.  However, we have all been waiting for Tt to come up with something for the HARDEST of the CORE.  We don't want no cheap aluminum heatsinks, give us something with copper on it! Yeah!

There have even been cheap ass imitations of the Orb coolers made of copper... As seen in this review over at HardOCP, Thermaltake can be imitated but not duplicated! We were all eagerly awaiting a Copper Orb from Thermaltake, and here it is!

Highest Performance!

I've never seen heatsinks on retail shelves, EVER.  Could Thermaltake be a pioneer in that department? I don't know, like i said, I haven't seen it yet! Who knows though...

The box states that the Mini Copper Orb is for Socket A chips up to 1.5 Ghz.  Boy I can't wait for one of those! They also have the specs listed on the back (The same ones found on their site, and the same ones I will not waste a page listing in this review).

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