Golden Orb cooler review
Posted by Adam
Klein on March 06, 2000 - Page 2/3
Product provided by: TCWO
19.1 CFM 3
pin RPM Monitoring Fan
Dimensions: 48mm High 70mm Wide
200U phase-change interface material
-60 fins around the Aircooler surface
-12 volt 43dia x 25 mm 3-wire fan with tachometer
Monitoring and Overclocking
As you know,
the CPU I have running with the cooler is a Pentium III
Coppermine. The Coppermine runs cool, as it is with the
heatsink Intel ships with the retail version. Most people
wont have to use more than just the retail unit for their
Coppermine CPUs, but if you intend to overclock the CPU to
high levels with an increase in voltage, the Thermaltake
Golden Orb may just work better for you.
Here is a
run down on what is included in my system:
Labs Annihilator Pro
- Abit Hot
- WD 27.3GB
the heat, I used the thermal diode inside the CPU and one of
the best utilities I have used, Motherboard Monitor. I set
the CPU to various speeds and voltages to see what the
retail cooling unit and the Thermaltake Golden Orb could do.
In order to
test the CPU at it highest levels, I let the computer play
the Unreal Tournament intro loop for 30 minutes after the
cold boot, then 10 minutes after each warm boot at various
clock speeds. These temps are in degrees Celsius and the CPU
is running at 1.6 volts, unless otherwise stated.
Retail Cooling - 36
Retail Cooling 37
Retail Cooling 37
Retail Cooling 42
Retail Cooling 44
Personal Chip Setting
Retail Cooling 40
As you can
see the highest I can get my system to run at is 700MHz.
This is a very good speed, but I know that I am not CPU
limited to how far I can get the CPU.
PC100 RAM limits me. I can run with the 150MHz bus for quite
some time, but only certain programs will quit and dump me
back to my desktop. The 140MHz bus is really good, so Im
happy with the 700MHz with only 1.5 volts supplied to the
CPU. The use of an aftermarket cooler for the Pentium III
Coppermine only gives a small gain in heat dissipation over
the retail unit. When using this cooler on a Celeron, you
would most likely see a larger spread between the temps of
the retail unit and the Thermaltake unit.
thing worth pointing out is that the older core of the 512kb
Pentium IIIs coupled with the high quality Alpha P3125
cooler gives me higher temps than the Coppermine with the
retail cooler clock for clock.
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