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-- ThermalTake Dragon Orb 3 (A1135) Socket Cooler
-- Price: ~ $35.00 USD
-- 7.10.2001
-- By: GideonX
-- Page: 1 2 3

   Having been established back in 1998, ThermalTake has created quite a stir with their coolers.  Our first contact with their product was the famed Golden Orb a year or so back.  This tiny round cooler was original in design and affordable.  It provided the much needed spark for cooling industry.

   Since then, numerous other orbs and coolers have been developed and released with praise from the hardware community.  Recently, they have released their newest cooler, the Dragon Orb 3.  The orb design is different in that it uses a fan within a cylindrical heatsink.  This new design for the Dragon Orb situates the fan above the circle, instead of within it.  Gone also is the slower speed fan, it is replaced by a monstrous 7000rpm fan!

   The packaging has also changed, what used to be sent in a blank white box, is now encased in a shiny plastic package.  Don't worry, it's real easy to open, nothing is glued shut.  There are two versions of this unit, the one we tested (A1135), uses the 7000rpm fan, while the A1132 uses a 4900rpm fan.

   The unit supports:

  • AMD ATHLON 1.5GHz+ 

  • INTEL PIII 1.13GHz & TUALATIN up to 2.0GHz

   Some specs on this cooler direct from TT:

Fan Dimension
60x60x25 mm
Rated Voltage
Started Voltage
Power Input
FAN Speed
700010% RPM
Max. Air Flow
Interface Material
Bergquist 225U
69 dia mm x 79 mm tall
Bearing System
Ball Bearing
Life Time
50,000 hours

   As you can notice, this unit is a lot taller than the others we have seen.  The connector type is labeled as 3-pin, but it comes with a 3pin -> 4pin Molex adapter.  Most likely used to prevent any burn outs from using the fan headers on motherboards that can not support the high powered fan.

  Also included in the package is the cooler itself and a large piece of thermal interface material.  There are some easy to follow instructions on the back of the packaging.  Nothing too complicated, everyone can install this thing if you follow those 3 steps.

   One of the immediate sections of this unit that I noticed is the newly styled fan clip.  From our previous experiences, most clips on coolers are killers for people with delicate fingertips.  This unit comes with a very large clip which instead of covering just one motherboard clip, it covers all three.  Notice the small notch right above the middle hole, ThermalTake went ahead and created something useful to get some leverage on the clip when using a small flat headed screwdriver.

   Here is the bottom of the base, complete with a black thermal pad.  Anyway, we scraped that off like always and prepared it for the Arctic Silver thermal grease.  That circle in the middle of the base is all copper, a good material to transfer heat away from the cpu core.

   The fan is attached by a screw in 3 locations, removable by any Philips screwdriver. Please be sure not to press too hard on the aluminum surrounding the fan, it is very soft and easily bent.  In the second picture, you can see the different design of the middle copper core.  Instead of a flat surface, numerous smaller fins protrude from the core.  This creates a lot more surface area to dissipate heat.  I personally would have thought having taller fins would have made a better cooler out of this, but ThermalTake are the engineers here, not me : )

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