Tonight folks we are happy to give you a review of the famous Thermaltake Aircooler Golden Orb supplied by the wonderful (speedy delivery) CoolerGuys - The Golden Orb 'heatsink' moves away from the traditional socket 370 FCPGA heatsink styles and instead uses a cylindrical cross cut design as you can see in the image above. On that note, we have been given full permission from the Dave over at HotHardware for using their images of the Golden Orb in this review...
Specifications + Features
- Low profile cylindrical cross cut design for more efficiently heat dissipates
- Uses aluminum material with a golden color finish (SEXY)
- Advanced 3 pin power fan connector for Fan Monitoring
- 4800 RPM Fan (although, while testing we averaged 4700 RPM)
- Metal clip with high force hold on CPU socket
- 69mm diameter X 45mm tall
- 26 CFM
- Quiet fan
- Pre-applied thermal grease
The installation of the Golden Orb was suprisingly easy, at a first look at the base (see image above) of the Orb I thought installation would be a little tricky. Well at first it was, till I realised all you need to do was use a twist method... You have to seat the heatsink inside the cut out of the clip and twist the cams into place. The cams are sliding in a spring loaded track and as you lock them into place, once this is done it has strong contact with the CPU which is the key to all heatsinks... There's really no point have a excellent heatsink which only just touches the CPU core chip! The base of the Orb seated perfectly on our Celeron 466, covering the whole core. Once the Golden Orb has been attached to the CPU correctly you end up with something like the images below... doesn't it just look lovely?
One MAJOR problem I have found with many socket 370 heatsinks is some can do a very good job of covering the first DIMM slot, which is result makes it unusable or hard to use. With our MSI BxMaster motherboard this wasn't a problem using the Orb. Below is a picture to show what I mean...
I think Thermaltake must have taken this into consideration when designing their impressive Golden Orb, I know I wouldn't sacrifice one DIMM slot for a new HSF. Now that we know a little about the Orb, let's see how it performs compared to other socket 370 heatsinks...