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. If your case has a blue theme, this is certainly a nice addition to the setup, with a strong blue glow provided by the LEDs at the center of the heatsink.
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
Excerpt: Thermaltake is a well known contender in the high-end cooling market, making products that keep our overclocked CPU’s nice and cool while we attempt to drive them to the brink of oblivion and back – - often doing so in style.
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. The unique design of the Blue Orb II, coupled with a bright blue LED fan, adds a flashy look to any computer system. The installation was relatively simple with only minor issues that were easily resolved.
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. Although the heatsink was made of copper core and aluminium fins, the performance was slightly better than the full copper heatsink we compared it against. It runs pretty silent at 1700RPM and performs as advertised.
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. On top of that its massive blue anodized fins make it a nice addition to the looks of a modded case, especially if your color-theme is blue.
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. The copper base and the 140 aluminium fins, seem to be much more effective than the stock cooler. The temperature at the beginning of our measurement was 35°C with the stock cooler from AMD while with the Blue Orb II, 3 degrees lower at 32°C.
Conclusion: Thermaltake hat mit dem Blue Orb 2 einen weiteren leistungsstarken KÃ¼hler auf den Markt gebracht. Die Verarbeitung ist hochwertig, ebenso die Optik. Der KÃ¼hler kann sich sehen lassen. Mit einem Preis von ca. 35â‚¬ ist das Preis/Leistung VerhÃ¤ltnis sehr gut. Der Blue Orb 2 konnte uns Ã¼berzeugen. Die Leistung ist hervorragend, worunter aber die Dimensionierung leidet, da die AusmaÃŸe und das Gewicht nicht mit jeder Hardware kompatibel sind.
Summary: Debo reconocer que normalmente soy muy crítico a la hora de hablar de productos Thermaltake, pero en esta ocasión me debo sacar el sombrero, ya que hemos probado un producto excelente, que respondió en forma adecuada a todas las pruebas realizadas y que además posee una estética muy apropiada para gente amante del modding. Su nivel de ruido es muy bajo comparado a otras alternativas se precio similar y su instalación es muy fácil.