Thermaltake Golden Orb II

Written by John Chen    Monday, 11 July 2005 11:00
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Thermaltake's success blossomed after the release of their Orb line.  The first Golden Orb was designed for Socket 370 and the design revolutionized the entire computer cooling industry.  All heatsinks were designed to be rectangular, with a fan on top providing airflow.  The Golden Orb was so successful in performing that Thermaltake extended the design into GPU cooling.  The first product was the Blue Orb, which was amazingly successful.  Then came the Chrome Orb.  I still have one sitting in my pile of old computer parts.  Sadly, the Orb family began to fade.  The release of the Dragon Orb was nowhere near as successful as its prior counterparts.  It performed well, but at the high cost of silencel.  It was like using the screaming Delta fans. 

Because of the failure of the Dragon Orb, Thermaltake stopped production of the Orb family.  It's been a good 3 years since they've released anything remotely close to the original orb.  During that gap, other designs took over.  The first one was the pin design, made popular by Swiftech and Alpha Novatech.  The pin design reigned supreme for about a year.  The next design is what everyone is currently using;  Heatpipes.  Heatpipes have been around for the past couple of years.  Thermaltake has many heatpipe coolers, like the Big Typhoon, the Beetle, and the Sonic Tower.  When I saw the Golden Orb II at Computex a couple of months ago, I was pleasantly surprised that Thermaltake brought back the Orb.  The most surprising part is that there are no heatpipes used.