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Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Thermaltake Golden Orb II

4. Conclusion

The Golden Orb II CL-P0220 doesn't use any fancy heat-pipe technology, nor an elaborate cooling system. There's no huge heatsink with a loud, noisy fan. It is of normal size, a smart built CPU cooler which guarantees to help your CPU stay cool and quiet without costing a fortune. About the only drawback was the installation procedure which requires removal of the motherboard.

The copper base and aluminium fins really do the job here, keeping the CPU temperature at low levels. With the Golden Orb II CL-P0220, we got temperature drops of 4°C and 8°C under idle and full loads respectively, compared to the stock box cooler. This probably would not mean much if it wasn't for the low RPMs of the Orb's fan, which makes it almost silent. Note also that many coolers we've seen, which do not use Heat-Pipe technology, are hard pressed to achieve anything close to an 8°C temperature drop under full load.

Up and working...

The installation procedure kept us occupied for quite some time in comparison to other coolers. The only drawback that one would come up with while installing the Golden Orb II family series cooler, is that you are required to remove the motherboard from the PC case. Apart from that, everything else was smooth sailing, as the cooler fits right on the CPU either when using the brackets (Intel) or backplate (AMD).

Finally, the CL-P0220, offers a nice effect for modding fans, thanks to the blue led in the fan, giving a nice look to the PC case when operating. The price of the Golden Orb II CL-P0220 is at around US$28.

Low Noise (16dBA)
-Good thermal reduction


Value for money:

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