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. If you like things that sparkle, you will fall in love at first sight. The MaxOrb has plenty of polished chrome and aluminum components, which really helps to draw attention to the attractive design.
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
Excerpt: Thermaltake is back with one of our favorite CPU cooling designs, the Orb. The latest offering is a revamp of the MaxOrb we tested back in December , but with a twist of copper added in for good measure. The original MaxOrb fared well in our performance tests and I found the mounting mechanism for Intel motherboards innovative. To this day, I use the MaxOrb on one of my open-air test rigs and have yet to uncover any issues with the design.
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. Some cases have issues with taller heatsinks, but due to the design of the Max Orb, height issues may not be as much of a problem.
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. The overclocker will see improved temperature readings over the stock AMD cooler when using a socket 939 motherboard. Performance wise, the Thermaltake MaxOrb does not disappoint.