by terion, 25 June 2001
you hear people taking about Thermaltake, the first thing that comes
into your mind is its famous (infamous to some) Golden Orbs. Yes,
it was the talk of the town when it came out about a year ago. Fancy-turbine
like design, gold in colour and a unique clipping method (a really
nasty clip for AMD users!) were some of its features. A year has
passed and lots of changes have been made to that little orb. Thermaltake
has created a whole new lineup of them including the Blue Orb, Chrome
Orb, Super Orb and the recently announced high performance Dragon
Orb. What a big family!
Thermaltake has also been working on new designs of the more conventional
heat sinks. It just popped out of nowhere. The company which was
producing the most radical heat sink design suddenly produced a
cooler with a relatively normal heat sink design, designated DU0462-7
or more familiar as Volcano II.
Thermaltake Volcano II
seems that with the new orbs on the horizon, Thermaltake are pushing
their orb line into the high end and thus needed to create a low
cost heat sink e.g.. Volcano II. Because of its more conventional
design, it is likely to be cheaper to produce than the orbs. Also
you just about stick any 60mm fan to it unlike the orbs which needs
special fans (I have a friend whoes Golden Orb's fan went kaput
and the orb is lying around somewhere collecting dust). Enough small
talk, let's check out its specs.