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-- ThermalTake Dragon Orb 3 (A1135) Socket Cooler
-- Category: Review
-- Posted by: GideonX
-- Posted on: 2001-07-10
-- Price: ~ $35.00 USD
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Temperatures are recorded using the CompuNurse Temp Probe, an external probe that is more precise than the onboard sensors of the motherboard.  We compared this unit with the copper units we came across.  They were all using a 6800rpm Delta fan, so we thought this unit should compare up to par with its 7000rpm fan.

   Our trusty old test rig is as follows:

  • IWill KK266 Socket A Motherboard

  • AMD Thunderbird 800Mhz CPU

  • Crucial PC133 CL2 Ram, 128MB

   The test will consist of an idle temperature check and a full load temperature check.  The full load will be accomplished by using the RC5 program and running 3DMark 2001 for 30 minutes.

   Here are some results:


AMD Tbird 800 Stock

AMD Tbird 800 @ 1003 (1.85V)

Ambient Temp. = 27C Idle Full Load Idle Full Load
OCZ Gladiator 35C 37C 41C 45C
ThermalRight SK-6 31C 34C 36C 40C
GlobalWin CAK38 34C 37C 38C 42C
ThermalTake Dragon Orb 3 35C 37C 38C 43C

   Now those numbers aren't bad!  I was a little skeptical if this new Orb unit could keep up with these other, all copper units.  It was up to snuff with the GlobalWin CAK38 and the OCZ Gladiator, but a little shy of the ThermalRight SK6.  This may be the only unit that combined with its looks, performs just as well.  But then again, how many times have you really bought a heatsink just for looks?

   I am still waiting for an all copper orb (not just a copper core), hopefully this will be produced soon enough.  Overall, we would have hope this unit could have provided the same results with less height and noise, but it did live up to the TT name.  It provided us with some decent performance at a decent price.

   Thanks to ThermalTake for sending us this preview unit.  By the time this review is released, most of your favorite retailers should have received this unit in stock.


  • The fan is not as loud as you would think
  • Very easy to install
  • Cools sufficiently with the big boys

  • Cons:

  • Unit is rather tall
  • Fan shroud is real soft and bendable
  • Thermal Pad was a pain to get off

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