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Thermaltake Orange Orb BGA Heatsink Review

Thermaltake Orange Orb BGA Heatsink Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Orange orb is Thermaltake's brand new replacement for the almost one year old Blue Orb (or 'Blorb') chipset cooler.
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Filed under: Cooling / Heatsinks Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Thermaltake Aug 25 2001   Mike Dowler  
Home > Reviews > Cooling / Heatsinks > Thermaltake Orange Orb

Testing the Oorb

Test System Specs:
Test System: AMD Athlon (Tbird) 700Mhz @ 878Mhz (7.5 x 117)
MSI K7T-Turbo
256MB Apacer ram
MSI Starforce 817 Geforce2 MX
SB Live! Value
Generic full tower case w. lotsa fans, hard drives, burner, etc.
Cooling: Arctic silver II thermal paste

Test procedure

I decided to test the orange orb against the older blue orb as well as the passive cooling that came stock on my MSI Geforce 2 MX card. To test the cooling abilities of the heatsinks, I ran each setup through 2 tests twice. Once at standard (175/166) core and memory settings, and again at the highest stable clock settings I had been able to achieve with the passive cooling setup, 215(core)/194(mem).

To test the average 'idle' temperature of the card, I left my system sitting at desktop with explorer open for 1 hour (monitor shutdown and screen saver disabled). To test the temperature of the card during actual gaming, I ran 3dmark 2001 through 10 loops of the first three game tests, approximately 30 minutes long, and recorded the highest temperature reached. All temperatures were recorded with a thermistor taped to the back of the card over the core.

Heatsink Idle(175/166) Load (175/166) Idle (215/194) Load (215/194)
Passive Heatsink 42 C 46 C 45 C 49 C
Orange Orb 40 C 43 C 42 C 45 C
Blue Orb 40 C 44 C 43 C 46 C

Hmm... I guess I was hoping for a little bit more of a temperature differential between the various setups. Then again, the two orbs certainly make a noticeable difference over the passive sink. If this was my CPU cooling setup, I'd be pretty pleased with a 4C drop...

The Orange orb is the overall winner, pulling ahead of the Blue orb by a degree in 3 of the four tests. It was also (unsurprisingly) able to reach the highest stable core clock I have managed to get out of this card, 228Mhz. The Blue orb fell off after 224, and the stock heatsink could only do 215 stable as I had mentioned. For this review, I am defining 'stable' as finishing the load benchmark (10 loops of each of the first 6 tests) successfully with no visible artifacts. My 3dmark scores I am not going to publicize, to avoid being mocked by Colin, but if you are curious, let me know. :)

I was a little surprised with the results from the Blue orb, I was honestly expecting it to be a more efficient heatsink than the Orange Orb, but I guess that the full contact base and one piece design are more important than sheer surface area and fan speed... I even cleaned off the thermal paste and re-applied just in case I'd put too much on when I attached the Blorb, but same results. I'd like to do this again with an Asus card with built in temperature measurement sometime soon.

Overall, I can recommend the Orange orb to anyone who is currently using a passive heatsink on their video card (provided you make sure the clips stay clear of the fan). For replacing stock active heatsinks on newer cards like the Geforce3, I have my doubts that it is going to make much of a difference. I will test this as soon as I get the chance, but please let me know if you have already tried it. If you already have a Blue orb and you really want to use your first PCI slot, consider this BGA heatsink a must buy.

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Contents of Article: Thermaltake Orange Orb
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