With everything installed, let's see what it looks. Here is the side view of the system back up and running.
I should clean up the SATA cables but since this machine is being taken apart a few more time over the next few weeks, I am not going to worry about it right now.
As always, after changing things around, you need to power up the machine and make sure everything works. I usually let it run overnight to get a fair reading on the temps. First up is the old temps from the XP-90 after 24 hours.
Next up is the Golden Orb II. We see the temps close enough to say its is really about the same in stock form. One degree is within the error of the sensor.
Time to give it a run for its money. Game time! Six hours later after playing a few rounds of Age of Empire III Trial. Then another 6 hours later with Dawn Of War to get the blood flowing (on the battle field) with a 2 on 4 with some buddies on the LAN.
Temperature marks have only gone up 8 degrees with the Golden Orb II. Typically I would be about 45 Degrees at this point. Within approximately five minutes I see my temps going back to what they were when we started.
Overall, this heatsink has done a good job on keeping the high temps down. Compared to the old XP-90 I had on it by 4 degrees with it in place for under 24 hours. Plus it glows blue so it stays with the blue LED theme that is in the system already. Weight can be an issue for some as it is twice as heavy as my old Vantec.