Golden Orb cooler review
Posted by Adam
Klein on March 06, 2000
Product provided by: TCWO
would like to thank TCWO
for providing the Thermaltake Aircooler to review. The
Thermaltake unit also goes under a name that some of you
probably have heard of, the Golden Orb.
Orb is a more unique cooler than I’m used to seeing. With
the circular shape and the fan being mounted more closely on
the base and surrounded by the heatsinks fins, there was
only one question in my mind, “How does this cooler
perform?’ Or more specifically, “How does this cooler
perform on a Pentium III Coppermine CPU?”
You may see
much larger units out there for the Socket 7 and Socket 370
design, but these units may not work well with the
Coppermine. Since the Coppermine has such a small and low
profiled core, these larger based units may not sit flush
with the CPU. That’s when the Golden Orb enters the scene.
I have been
hearing from other Pentium III Coppermine owners that this
unit is one of the best coolers for the FCPGA based CPU,
since the golden orb is more efficient and thus uses a small
base for the heatsink.
impression of a Golden Orb cooler would have to be described
as awesome. The looks of the cooler simply stand out from
other coolers I have seen
pictures, you can see that the cooler is designed to be very
efficient, hence the smaller size. After opening up the box
the cooler was in, I noticed that it didn’t include any
instructions on how to install the cooler, but rather a
paper with the cooler’s specs.
would have been good for me. Like a typical guy, I thought
to myself; “I don’t need the instructions anyway. I can
figure this thing out myself.” This unit comes with a
unique mounting bracket that I have never seen before. I
decided to try to mount the unit on my Iwill Slocket II with
the mounting bracket already attached to the heatsink. Well,
after about a half an hour of trying that, I got smart and
studied the cooler a little more.
I took the
bracket off the cooler and put it on the Slocket II first.
Then, I placed the heatsink on the Slocket II with the
bracket already attached. This is the way it was supposed to
be done. It was a little tough getting the heatsink properly
placed on the Slocket II. I pushed down firmly, but feared
my Slocket II would crack in half under the amount of
pressure I used. As a tip, I suggest placing the Slocket on
a hard flat surface, and then place the heatsink on. It is
much much easier.
One of the
most important things to point out here is the smaller size
of the cooler is very important. Especially when using a
motherboard with limited space.
If you were
concerned about the amount of room you have for the socket
and area around the socket, or the amount of space you have
for your DIMM slots, you would probably not have to worry.
There are some motherboards that may have some connectors or
capacitors too tall to mount the cooler properly. In most
cases this cooler will fit for your CPU where other coolers,
like the Alpha, may not.
is one of the reasons the Thermaltake Golden Orb is perfect
for my system. With some of the larger profile coolers, my
DIMM slots would be covered. With the Thermaltake unit, I
had full use of all of my DIMM slots.
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