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-- Thermaltake Golden Orb II
-- Category: Review
-- Posted by: dave303
-- Posted on: 2005-09-28
-- Price: ~ $33.00 USD
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A few years ago, Thermaltake introduced a heatsink known as the Golden Orb. Aside from it's unqiue round design, it was also extremely affordable. It was quite a success and much to an overclocker's delight. Today we have the sequel, the Golden Orb II. Does it carry the same goodness as the original Golden Orb?

The Golden Orb II boasts ultra silent operation along with some visual extras in the likes of a blue LED fan. Here are some specs:

  • Compatibility: Intel Pentium 4 (Socket LGA775)
  • AMD Athlon 64 (Socket 754/939)
  • AMD Athlon 64 FX (Socket 754/939)
  • AMD Simpron Socket (754)
  • AMD Opteron (Socket 940)
  • Heat Sink Dimension: 120mmX63mm
  • Heat sink Material: Copper Core & Aluminum Extrusion (66 fins)
  • Fan Dimension: 100mmx24mm
  • Rated Voltage: 12V
  • Started Voltage: 5V
  • Rated Current: 0.13 A
  • Power Input: 1.56 W
  • Fan speed: 1600+/- 10% RPM
  • Max. Air Flow: 35.43 CFM
  • Max. Air Pressure: 1.50 mmH2O
  • Noise: 17 Dba
  • Life Time: 30,000 Hours.
  • Connector: 3 Pin
  • Weight: 752g


  • Radiate golden Aluminum fin provide sufficient air flow
  • Riveting the core copper touches the heat center directly, and conducts heat quickly
  • Silent Fan with blue LED.
  • 17dBA only.
  • Universal design for Intel P4 LGA775 & AMD K8.

I'm going to be replacing a trusty XP-90 in this system:

  • AMD Athlon 64 3500+ (Venice Core)
  • ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe
  • 2 GIG (4 X 512) LL Kits
  • NEC3500 DVD (Everything)
  • Seagate Barracuda 40Gig 7200 PATA (Os Drive)
  • Seagate Barracuda 120Gig 7200 SATA
  • Maxtor 40 Gig 7200 PATA

My old heatsink was the XP-90 with a Vantec Stealth 92mm fan. Temperatures were about 32-34C degrees while idle and about 44-45C degrees playing games at full load. Below is a snapshot of ASUS PC Probe after being idle overnight hitting around 34C degrees. The XP-90 was an all aluminum heatsink that weighed about 360grams, and used four heat pipes to help cool the core.

First, we need to remove the old heatsink and replace it with the new one. It is not as easy as you would think because the whole motherboard has to be removed. Since the unit is heavier than most clip on heatsinks, a bracket is required to keep it in place. The old XP-90 uses a four point spring loaded clip to keep it in place; similar to the P4 478 stock cooler.

Next, we need to remove the two screws that hold the back plate on the backside of the motherboard. This will be replaced by the one provided by Thermaltake.

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