we all know, there is only one thing that
matters when is comes to what really makes
a good Heat Sink, performance.
Looks, style and design all take a back
seat to how cool a Heat Sink will keep
your processor. We don't have a lot
of data in terms of how the Orb does vrs.
the rest of the world's Heat Sinks that
are available on the market. What we
decided to do was compare the Golden Orb
against Intel's original factory stock
heat sink that comes with the new
Coppermine processors. The Intel
Sinks are no slouches either.
They have decent fans, good size but not
so good retaining clips.
Retail P3 Coppermine Heat Sink - Click for
OK so it is no Orb that is for sure but
remember, Intel certified this thing to
keep its new baby cool. It should at
least be adequate. Let see how much
of an improvement we'll get with the
took these temp. readings on a DFI PC64
i820 Motherboard with a Thermistor Probe
attached with Thermal Adhesive Tape and
touching the CPU slug. We took an
idle temp. reading after 10 minutes of
warm up. We then ran an endless loop
of Quake 3 Arena Time Demos for 20 minutes
straight on our P3-500E overclocked to
750MHz. Here are the results.
you are a hard core overclocker or not,
the Thermaltake Golden Orb packs an
unbelievable amount of cooling into an
already great design. This shows a
12% improvement at idle and 10%
improvement at load, with the Golden Orb.
I mention that the Golden Orb only costs
$14.99 at Plycon
Computers? For that kind of
money you can't go wrong with the Golden
Orb and I would almost venture to say,
that you can't go with out it! The
only down side, that I could find with the
Golden Orb, was the short power
connector. Other than that, I was
blown away by its cooling efficiency and
design. Great stuff from Thermaltake.
give the Thermaltake Golden Orb Active
Cooler a HotHardware Heat Meter Rating
will be in my personal machine for a long
time to come!