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Mega 9-way VGA Cooler Roundup - Thermaltake DuOrb

Getting tired of hearing your graphics card prepare to go into orbit? We've got nine aftermarket coolers for comparison.

| Video Card Colers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Apr 2, 2008 4:00 am

Thermaltake DuOrb

 

Thermaltake has been making aftermarket VGA coolers longer than anyone, and their DuOrb cooler continues the ORB tradition. Both 80mm fans feature a unique curvature that Thermaltake has patented and called Scurve. The design allows more air to flow over the fins while reducing foreground pressure, thus reducing noise.

 

Specifications

 

 

Features

 

• Universal Design for NVIDIA and ATI Graphics Cards

 

• Ultimate Cooling Performance

 

• All copper construction, copper base and copper fins

 

• Dual long heatpipe structure, removes heat from source via two different channels

 

• Attached VGA memory and VRM chip sinks provide total thermal solution for VGA cooling

 

• Mirror coating for copper base to guarantee perfect contact between GPU and cooler

 

• Scurve fan blade design with 6 LED lights

 

• Dual 80mm silent fans for maximum cooling efficiency

 

Compatibility

 

NVIDIA 9600GT

 

NVIDIA 8800 GT/GTS/GTX/Ultra

 

NVIDIA 7900 GTX

 

NVIDIA 7800 GT/GTX

 

NVIDIA 6800 GS/GT

 

ATi X1950 PRO/XT/XTX

 

ATi X1900 GT/XT/XTX

 

ATi X1800 GTO/XL/XT

 

ATI HD 3870

 

Product Images

 

 

The Thermaltake DuOrb is actually smaller than it appears in the window. You see the cooler but the package plays tricks with your sight. The compatibility list is on the front but in very small lettering.

 

 

On the back side Thermaltake lists the compatible cards again, and goes into some of the features and specifications of the cooler.

 

 

As stated before, the cooler is smaller than it appears inside of the box. Notice the fan blades and the unique shape; Thermaltake claims this reduces noise, something we will be testing later in the article.

 

 

On the bottom we have a copper block, dual heatpipes and tightly packed fins.

 

 

As you can see here, the DuOrb doesn't have a very large surface area.

 

 

By placing the fans inside of the cooling fins, the cooler is able to make maximum use of the moving air.

 

 

VRM and memory heatsinks are included with the DuOrb. The VRM heatsinks are very thin, if you try to apply too much force when placing them on the VRMs you can bend them, I did.

 

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