Thermaltake MaxOrb CPU Cooler


Product(s): Thermaltake MaxOrb CPU Cooler
Provided By: Thermaltake



If you've ever taken a look for a new CPU cooler, undoubtedly you've looked at a Thermaltake cooler, they've been a big name in the aftermarket cooling game for years, and not content to sit back and watch, they keep pumping out the coolers.

Today we are going to look at the new MaxOrb cooler, which is one of the newest additions to the "Orb" family which has featured such coolers at the Golden Orb, Ruby Orb, and the Blue Orb. The "Orb" coolers have definitely been one of Thermaltake's most popular line of coolers, and most enthusiasts have at one point and time used one in the past.

The MaxOrb features heatpipes and a built-in adjustable fan that will keep this cooler running at a nice and silent 16 dBA at minimum speed, or will let you crank it up on those hot days. Let's move onto a closer look at one of Thermaltake's newest cooling additions.


First Impressions:

The MaxOrb is shaped like most of the Orb coolers have been, but at first glance you notice that built right onto the cooler itself is a knob for fan speed, much like the Thermaltake Big Typhoon VX that we took at a while back.

Compared to most of the other Orb coolers I've seen and used in the past, the MaxOrb seems looks pretty advanced thanks to the 6 heatpipes it uses, but also this cooler is a bit bigger in height due to the heatpipes as some of the "Orb" coolers in the past have been pretty short.

Thermaltake MaxOrb - Packaging (Front)
Thermaltake MaxOrb - Packaging (Back)

Thermaltake MaxOrb - Top View
Thermaltake MaxOrb - Bottom View

Thermaltake MaxOrb - Side View
Thermaltake MaxOrb - Heatpipes


As you will be able to see in the pictures below (Right), the mounting hardware for the MaxOrb is a little different than most coolers. For LGA775 applications you will not need to remove your motherboard, however for AM2/939 applications you will have to remove your board to get the back support attached properly. Later in the installation section of this review I'll post some pictures of the mounting hardware for LGA775 and how it all works.

Thermaltake MaxOrb - Fan Control
Thermaltake MaxOrb - Accessories


Thermaltake MaxOrb - Bottom View



Thermaltake MaxOrb CPU Cooler Specifications:


All specifications taken from



6 Heatpipe Structure that removes heat from the source via 6 different channels.

Patented Radiate Design with embedded fan to dissipate heat away from both surrounding fins and immediate fins to enhance cooling.

Silent and powerful VR fan, 16dBA at minimum speed, which comes equipped with blue emitting LED lights.


Compatibility    Core 2 Extreme (Socket LGA775)
Core 2 Quad (Socket LGA775)
Core 2 Duo (Socket LGA775)
Pentium D (Socket LGA775)
Pentium 4 (Socket LGA 775)
Celeron D (Socket LGA775)
Celeron (Socket LGA775)
Athlon 64 FX (Socket AM2/939)
Athlon 64 X2 (Socket AM2/939)
Athlon 64 (Socket AM2/939/754)
Sempron (Socket AM2/754)
Heatsink Dimension    5.6 x 5.7 x 3.8 inch (L)x(W)x(H)
143 x 144 x 95 mm (L)x(W)x(H)
Heatsink Material    Cooper Base & Aluminum Fin
Heatpipe    Copper Tube 6mm x 6 pcs.
Fan Dimension    120 x 120 x 25 mm
Fan Speed    1300 ~ 2000 RPM
Bearing Type   
Noise Level    16 dBA ~ 24 dBA
Max. Air Flow    86.5 CFM
Max. Air Pressure    2.22mm H2O
LED Fan    Blue Color
Power Connector    3-pin
Rated Voltage   
Started Voltage    7V
Rated Current    12V
Power Input    3W
MTBF    50,000 Hours
Weight    465g





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.

Thermaltake MaxOrb - Bracket
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.

Thermaltake MaxOrb - Heatsink Installed
Thermaltake MaxOrb - Side View

Thermaltake MaxOrb - Top View
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.



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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Thermaltake MaxOrb CPU Cooler Final Thoughts:

Thermaltake has set the bar pretty high for cooling products and in the case of a cooler like the Thermaltake Big Typhoon VX that we recently took a look at, they've got some pretty decent cooling solutions. In the case of the MaxOrb, I found myself a bit disappointed with the overall quality and performance of this cooler, and while it is by no means a bad cooler, it just falls short to other Thermaltake offerings. The performance of the MaxOrb is pretty good, and when compared to all the other coolers we've tested I'd say it was middle of the pack performance-wise, but it didn't really stand out either.

The MaxOrb is a little bit of smaller cooler in height (3.8 Inches) when compared to a cooler like the Big Typhoon VX (4.1 Inches) , or a cooler like the Thermaltake V1 (5.3 Inches), but due to the heatpipes the MaxOrb is a bit taller than some of the older Orb coolers in the past have been.

The manual fan control is a nice option for some, especially if you're the type who wants the cooler to be as quiet as possible and want it to always stay at the speed and volume. But if you're the type who wants to install your cooler and never have to look at it again, you're probably going to be more interested in a PWM fan that automatically adjusts speed based on temperature.

At the end of the day the MaxOrb is a decent cooler, however it just didn't impress me like most other Thermaltake cooling products have in the past. The MaxOrb is going to give you some decent temperatures and if you leave it on low fan speed it's also going to be pretty quiet for you, but if your wanting a bit more performance you'll probably jump up to a product like the Big Typhoon VX or a similar cooler for a bit more bang. The MaxOrb is by no means a bad choice as you're getting a nice cooler, but for the price there are quite a few other coolers (Including some from Thermaltake) that offer a bit more performance in the same price range.



  • Smaller Height then most Heatpipe Coolers
  • Easy Installation



  • Fins on Heatsink rather flimsy





I'd like to thank Thermaltake for sending us the MaxOrb . If you have any questions, comments, or general feedback, please leave it at the "Comments" link below.