Lets get that Blorb strapped on and see what she will do. Below is the Geforce with the Blorb installed....I used the Frag tape that was provided so nicely by Thermaltake due to the fact that the holes on the cooler and the card didn't line up, no biggy. We as overclockers are able to adapt and overcome.....where there is a will there is a way!!...right? Take a look see at the final product.
Is that sweet or what? Here are a few more teaser pics for ya...
How bout the apples? Ain't it pretty? Now that we have this baby securely attached to our Asus 32mb DDR Geforce...lets see how the Blue Orb compares to cooling the Geforce as did the huge heat sink with 102mm lots-o-air blowing across it...
Well I am impressed to say the least....this thing dropped around 4 degrees. To me that is well worth the approximate $12 this bad boy will cost. Certainly a 4 degree drop has got to prolong the life of your card, but the real kicker I think is that this should help ya squeeze a few extra MHZ from that video card if your into overclocking, and who in their right mind wouldn't be?
Know lets recap on what we have talked about above. Below you will see a graph putting together the 4 temp differences for you to see all at one time. This graph shows that at the Idle state the Blorb actually does a better job cooling that the Heat sink, an actual 10deg. difference. But as you can see at a full load of 3dMark2000 it is only a 4deg. difference This in itself is a great feat. I was very satisfied with both the Idle temps and the load temps. Take a look see at what I'm talking about. Keep in mind that this is NOT the stock heat sink we are comparing it to, this is a monster Socket cooler...
And what would be an OCA review without some beer? Believe me, I used a lot to get myself thru this review! Now the ultimate cooler to me is one that can cool any PC chipset, GPU, or in this case, my beer. Have a look see, and I tell you what...this beer stayed cold till the last drop. Ok Ok, it only took a couple of minutes to down it ..but damn that Blorb works great none the less.
Well here is my final biatch, moan, and gripe about the Blue Orb.. ok hold on ... I'm thinking ..I know I had one...wait a minute...no that was something else...ok I got it !!!...nope... sorry I just can't think of any reason why this shouldn't be part of your cooling solution, either on a video card how we used it here, or for a motherboard chipset (If ya have room) ...but that is another review in itself. Ok to put you out of your misery, lets get to the end !!!!
* excellent cooling
* very quiet
* competitive price
* Simply looks kickass
* extras in package
* It blocks a PCI slot.
* won't fit all video card mounting holes.
That wraps it up folks.. Short, sweet, and to the point. We wanna give the folks at Thermaltake a big thanks for supporting us on this one, and you'll thank them too cause we're giving this thing away real soon! Honestly, we try to give ya the full skinny on stuff we review here at OCA, but for the money you'd have a hard time going wrong with this thing.
If you are looking to pick on of these bad boyz up, head over to Sidewinder Computers. They have great service and very good prices...
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