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Thermaltake CL--P0257

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Thermaltake Blue Orb II Review

PC Modding Malaysia
29 October 2005
  • 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
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Overall 8
Value for money 10
Features 8
Performance 8
Installation 6

Expert Review

26 October 2005
  • 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.
  • Pros: Good thermal reduction
  • Cons: Installation
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