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BlueOrb Review
By: Bustercaps
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    BlueOrb Review

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    We all by now know who ThermalTake is and why we all talk about them so much. Every since the Introduction of the Golden Orb, we as overclockers have generally considered them to be the best "bang for the buck" heat sinks around. Still to this day we talk about the Gorbage in the same sentence as the newer cooling solutions available.

    Thermaltake Blue Orb Review



    First Things First:

      We all by now know who ThermalTake is and why we all talk about them so much. Every since the Introduction of the Golden Orb, we as overclockers have generally considered them to be the best "bang for the buck" heat sinks around.  Still to this day we talk about the Gorbage in the same sentence as the newer cooling solutions available.   

      Now you loyal readers should know by now that we here at OCA look for performance at the lowest possible price. We all work hard for our cashola and when we spend it we want to get the most bang for our buck!! The Blue Orb is no exception, and ThermalTake has been kind enuff to send us their newest addition to the Orb family. Let's take a look....

      Welcome the newest Orb.....The Blue Chipset Cooler Orb...this babee is purtee!!! here is a teaser pics for ya....




      And now some of the specs straight off the packaging from ThermalTake.


    Fan Dimensions     

    Rated voltage        

    Rated Current        

    Starting Volt.      

    Rated Fan Speed   

    Max Air Flow        

    Noise Level         

    Operating Temps  

    Bearing Type        



    12V DC


    7.0V DC

    4600 Rpm's



    -10c - + 60

    Ball Bearing

    50000 Hours


    Secondly The Packaging:

       Ok, lets get down to some bizness.  When I pulled the package out of the shipping box ..it looked pretty normal...nothing spectacular, the standard plastic see thru cover.  Well that nothing spectacular all changed as soon as I opened the package. Once inside I see that this bad boyee is light, real light.  ThermalTake was kind enough to give us some extra's  here also, as we all know, us overclockers seldom use things for what they are actually supposed to be used for, and this is no different!  After I first saw this thing the only thing that popped into my tiny little brain was VIDEO CARD COOLER! 

       Now what extra's was I talking about?  Well for starters we have a package of Thermal grease, no Artic Silver here but they ship you some grease with this thing none the less...and for those Mobo's and video cards where the holes of the BlueOrb don't line up, they were kind enuff to send along a single piece of Thermal Tape (Frag Tape as most of us call it). Also included is a 3pin to 4pin converter, so you don't pull all the amps off your mobo fan headers. This is probably the best thing they did. I personally don't like a lot of juice running through my fan headers.

       Below is a pic of all the goodies that you will get in the package, take a look see!!!


      Ok lets get down to the nitty gritty and see how this bad boyee performs.



    How She Works:

      Now the first temps are from the GF256 with the passive heatsink and a Sunon 120mm blowhole blowing across the heatsink....of course this 120mm is a bad mofo...108cfm and does a wonderful job cooling not just my video card but the entire case....so lets take a look at a IDLE and under LOAD (full run of 3Dmark 2000)  temp pics...all temps were taken with Asus Smartdoctor...unless otherwise indicated. 

                                Idle             3dmrk2000                        



      As you can see above the original Geforce's run really hot compared to today's Geforce's and this is the main reason I choose to use it. What better way to test our new Blue Orb, if it can kill the heat on this bad boyee than it's doing it's job. Here you can see the heatsink that has been on my Geforce for sometime now, it use to be a GlobalWin H/S and fan combo from way back in the day, (at least it seems so long ago) that kept my c366 rock stable at over 550mhz.  And of course the h/s was lapped for better heat transfer.



      The pic show that this is a pretty big h/s and does a wonderful job as I mentioned before. Ok now what we all have been waiting on....

    Tired of reading about the old heatsink?  Well hit the next button and let's take a look at what the Orb had for us...


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