Thermaltake MaxOrb CPU Cooler - Thermaltake MaxOrb - Testing

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Thermaltake MaxOrb CPU Cooler
Thermaltake MaxOrb - Specifications
Thermaltake MaxOrb - Testing
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

 

 

Thermaltake MaxOrb CPU Cooler Testing and Installation:

Installation of the MaxOrb is pretty straightforward, and in our case since we are installing it on a LGA775 board, we don't even need to remove the board to upgrade from stock cooling (but like with most coolers, removing the board makes installation even easier). The bracket that holds the cooler in place is a bit odd shaped compared to most on the market, however it works like it's supposed to and makes installing the heatsink pretty simple.

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Thermaltake MaxOrb - Bracket
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Thermaltake MaxOrb - Bracket

 

In the picture below (Left), you can see the screw that attaches the heatsink to the bracket. This screw makes things pretty easy and you won't have to use much force to get the heatsink attached, just tighten the screw down and you're done.

One thing to note is that the fins on the MaxOrb are pretty easy to bend, and if you're not careful it's really easy to mash them together accidentally. I was trying to be careful during installation, but while trying to adjust the cooler to mount it onto the bracket I mashed a few fins and when I started the cooler up for the first time it was actually making contact with the fan and the bent fins, resulting in a nice ticking sound. I was able to bend all the fins back into their original positions, however even while being careful it's pretty easy to bend fins during installation.

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Thermaltake MaxOrb - Heatsink Installed
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Thermaltake MaxOrb - Side View

 
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Thermaltake MaxOrb - Top View
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Thermaltake MaxOrb - Side View (Fan Control)

 

Installation was pretty simple, and the heatsink fits in nicely on the board. Let's move onto the testing.

 

Testing:

Test Setup:

Our testing of CPU coolers is pretty straight forward; we test them at stock clock speeds at both idle and full load speeds. For the overclocking results I took temperatures at idle and full load. All temperatures were taken after the processor had been running for 12 hours on each test to ensure a consistent result. All results are taken while the motherboard and cooler is installed inside a case in order to give you a better idea of how it will work inside your system.

I have taken all temperatures using CoreTemp v.0.96. CoreTemp takes a temperature from the CPU core, and allows for much more uniform results across different motherboard and CPU platforms. These temperatures may seem higher than other temperature recordings; because chances are they are taking temperature recordings using the diode underneath the CPU, which isn't able to be as accurate, and can really fluctuate between different brands of motherboards.

For stock tests the Intel Core 2 Duo CPU ran at stock speeds of 1.86Ghz, for Overclocked tests the CPU was running at 2.13Ghz.

For all tests I used Arctic Cooling MX-2 High-Performance Thermal Compound. We use the same thermal paste in all our testing so that we can keep our results consistent.

Test System:

Here comes the big test.....

 

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The performance of the MaxOrb was decent, only trailing a cooler like the Thermaltake Big Typhoon VX by a couple degrees in most tests, and overall when compared to the other coolers in its price range it was able to keep up in most cases. The biggest disappointment for me was the temperatures when the processor was overclocked and running at 100% and the MaxOrb hit 58 degrees Celsius while running at 1300 RPM, while this is an acceptable temperature, most other coolers (some even running at lower RPM's) were able to beat the MaxOrb by 5+ degrees in most cases.

I would say the performance of the MaxOrb was right about where I expected, and in all tests the temperatures were easily in acceptable ranges and for the average user you will never have a heat issue, but for most users when selecting a new CPU cooler, even a couple extra degrees cooler is always a welcome thing and when comparing the MaxOrb to some of the other coolers we've tested in the past its on average a couple degrees warmer in most tests.

In the next chart below I've compared the MaxOrb up against all of the coolers we've tested recently.

 

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