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: The Thermaltake Max Orb definitely has a lot of good looks, and the performance is decent, too. Fan noise can be adjusted up or down, and it seems to have only minor effects on performance. The Max Orb is compatible with many current CPU socket types, although Socket 478 compatibility is missing.
Pros: Decent performance, Quality construction, Fan controller built in, Blue LED fan with sleeved wires
Cons: Complicated installation, Possible compatibility issues with retension frame or with large memory modules located close to the CPU socket, Base not completely smooth, Fan fairly loud at full speed
Conclusion: The Thermaltake MaxOrb is an excellent cooling option for both the modder and overclocker. For the modder, it adds a unique looking cooler with a subtle yet distinctly noticeable blue light.