Conclusion: I was surprised by the ability of the Thermaltake Blue Orb II CPU Cooler. Despite being somewhat louder than the Zalman heatsink, it easily trumped it in cooling ability. The slightly longer fins and perhaps larger copper core may have contributed to the success.
Pros: Simple and well documented installation, Efficient cooler, Very cool blue theme, Effective for motherboard cooling
Cons: Heavy, Can be loud and offers no fan speed control options
Summary: As you can see from the test results, the Blue Orb II didn't keep its cool as well as the competitors, but came within just a few degrees. It's great looks are what set it apart from the competition.
Conclusion: Being one of the heaviest CPU coolers tested here, the Blue Orb II is unlike anything we have seen. Thermaltake made the Blue Orb II stand out from the crowd by adding blue LED fans to the cooler to match it with the blue aluminium fins on the heatsink.
Pros: Silent, Blue coloured heatsink, Decent performance, Blue LED fan, Great value
Cons: No fan speed controller, Heavy, Issues with certain motherboards, May block memory slots, Not for overclockers
Summary: The Thermaltake Blue Orb II is a great high-performance cooler. Its big heat dissipating area makes it a good cooler for overclockers who don't want to spend too much money on the heatsink.
Not only does it cool well, it is also suprising quiet when delivering its cooling performance.
Pros: Great performance, Very affordable, Quiet, Supports both S939 and LGA775, Easy to install, Nice design, Blue LEDs in fan
Cons: No fan speed control, Little space near memory area on some motherboards, Does not fit ABIT AL8/AA8XE easily, Heavy
Excerpt: Thermaltake are definitely not a company to rest on laurels, that’s for sure. One of the biggest names in after-market coolers, cases and powersupplies, Thermaltake keep releasing product after product, constantly coming up with new ideas or revisiting (and improving) old ideas.
Conclusion: The Blue Orb II, as with the previous Golden Orb II we had reviewed in the past, does not use heat-pipe technology, or any advanced cooling system. It is simple, made from godd materials and with a huge fan.
Excerpt: Thermaltake er intet ukjent navn for hverken oss overklokkere eller den mer vanlige dataentusiast. I lengre tid har de forsynt oss med et godt utvalgt av både kjølere, kabinetter og annet snacks.
Summary: Debido a sus prestaciones, bajo nivel de ruido, rendimiento obtenido con y sin overclock, relativo bajo precio, instalación fácil (salvo la excepción de ejercer presión), el Thermaltake Blue Orb II gana meritoriamente el premio
Excerpt: Devant le succès du ventirad à forme de "tulipe" d'un des principaux constructeurs de solutions de refroidissement, Thermaltake qui en est tout de même l'instigateur, revient sur le devant de la scène avec sa série "Orb".
Pros: Silence, Performances, Un peu de lumière ..., Encombrement, Montage
Cons: Montage, Performances, Rajouter le ventilateur