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Thermaltake Copper Orb
review by david, 26 May 2001

Introduction

Thermaltake, the company that came to fame when the Golden Orb first appeared onto the overclockers' and case modders' scene. The Golden Orb was well received by regular users and enthusiasts alike. Not only did it look good, but it performed admirably as well. A hot commodity among the members of the case-modder's community, the Gorb was to be the centerpiece of many computer cases modded to have plexiglass windows.

Well known as the producers of top notch cooling solutions for AMD and Intel processors alike, Thermaltake has stretched its line of orb style coolers into a multitude of shapes and sizes. When AMD released their famous Thunderbird and Duron processors, Thermaltake was one of the few companies to produce processors for Socket A compatible CPUs, which led to disaster, due to the design of the twist-clip used in the original Orbs. This mistake was eventually rectified, but not after many hardcore enthusiasts of the overclocking community had literally killed their processors by crushing them. Among their other products include the Super Orb, which debuted as a cooling solution for high end processors had a well documented of problem fitting onto certain motherboards, most notably the Abit KT7 series. The Super Orb was then redesigned into the Mini Super Orb, this time fitting with ease onto motherboards with cramped space around the CPU socket. Another variant of the Golden Orb, the Chrome Orb was also being promoted by Thermaltake at that time.

When copper-based heatsink solutions began appearing on the market, most notably the Copper Hedgehog from Kanie, Thermaltake came out with their own copper-based Orb. Dubbed the Copper Orb (duh, what else?), it was based on the original orb design, having a copper base, with anodized aluminium fins. Our review unit was graciously provided by Kenny Lin, of Thermaltake Taiwan. The copper orb came in attractive packaging as shown above. Most coolers nowadays are sold in plain cardboard boxes and don't look very attractive. The aim of the review, of course, is to ascertain the performance level of the copper orb. We'll see if it performs as well as it looks.

Specifications

  • For Socket 462/A up to 1.5GHz
  • Heatsink Dimension: 65 diameter x 48 mm tall
  • Fan Dimension: 50 x 50 x 25 mm
  • Rated Voltage: 12V
  • Started Voltage: 7V
  • Rated Current: 0.26A (Max.)
  • Power Input: 3.12W
  • Fan Speed: 5500RPM (+/- 10%)
  • Air Pressure: 6.9mm H2O
  • Max Air Flow: 23.1CFM
  • Noise: 29dBa
  • Bearing Type: Ball Bearing
  • Life Time: 50,000 hours
  • Connector: 3 pin
  • Thermal Resistance: Ca=0.52C/W
  • Base Material: Pure Copper

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