Summary: The MaxOrb EX from Thermaltake is a nice update to a good cooler, and in our testing we found it to be a very decent cooler worthy of your consideration. The performance has increased over the original MaxOrb (due to the extra copper in the cooler), but other than the extra copper the rest of the...
Pros: Better Performance than Original MaxOrb, Easy Installation, Lower Height than other Coolers
Conclusion: The Max ORB EX is an outstanding block of copper love. There are a few gremlins in the cooler though, although I more want to question the shipper rather than the manufacturer. Our HSF arrived with a few bent fins, which were easily straightened with a fine-toothed comb, but not everyone will enjoy...
Summary: With the AMD Phenom 9850 set at a stock 2.5Ghz and 1.3v, the MaxOrb EX was tested at both minimum and maximum fan speed. Idle temperatures were a cool 26-27° C which is less than 5° over ambient.
Summary: Thermaltake has set the bar pretty high for cooling products and in the case of a cooler like the Thermaltake Big Typhoon VX that we recently took a look at, they've got some pretty decent cooling solutions.
Pros: Smaller Height then most Heatpipe Coolers, Easy Installation
Conclusion: Thermaltake knows how to market a product, which is why the MaxOrb comes in a very attractive retail box with a clear view of the product. Since the MaxOrb is so big, the box is also just as large, which makes you feel as though you are getting a lot for your money.
Pros: Extremely attractive design, Excellent cooling performance, Blue LED fan adds effect, Convenient fan control, Compatible with all current CPU sockets, High-quality construction, Durable aluminum fins
Cons: Poor heatpipe efficiency, Would benefit from textured mating surface, Needs more cement on control knob
Summary: So far pricing for the Thermaltake MaxOrb EX is not available, though we expect it to be quite pricey given that it is largely made up of copper. This combined with the sheer size of the heatsink means that the MaxOrb EX weighs just under 600 grams.
Summary: The system I'll be using to test the Thermaltake Max Orb consists of the following hardware:
AMD 6400+ X2 Black Edition
Biostar TForce 570 SLI
2 x 1Gb OCZ Titanium PC6400
The Black Edition AMD processors do not include a factory heatsink/fan as they are marketed for computer enthusiasts and...