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Thermaltake MaxOrb CPU Cooler

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To test this cooler, I’ll be comparing it to an Intel stock cooler and Thermaltake’s V1 cooler (OCC Review). Each of the coolers, except the Intel cooler, has fan settings for “High” and “Low”. For each cooler, when I put the CPU under full load, the fan setting of “Low” would cause my computer to crash, seconds into the program test. This meant that I couldn’t record any temperatures for the load of the CPU coolers while their fans were on “Low”. Also, the overclock is only to 2.7GHz with a VCORE of 1.400, over the stock 2.4GHz. This is because that was the highest I could get the Intel stock cooler to go and have it complete the load test. The program I used to get both cores of my CPU on full load was OCCT which ran for 30 minutes. All results are in Celsius and lower is better in all tests.

Test System:
  • Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Processor
  • ASUS P5N32-SLi SE Deluxe Motherboard
  • Mushkin XP2-6400 (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 Memory
  • eVGA 7950GT KO Video Card
  • XG Vortec 600watt Power Supply
  • Western Digital 250GB IDE Hard Drive   
  • Western Digital 160GB SATA 3.0GB/s Hard Drive
  • Seagate 80GB IDE Hard Drive
  • LG DVD-R DL Burner
  • Windows XP Media Center 2005
  • Turtle Beach Montego DDL Sound Card
  • Enermax Uber Chakra ATX Full Tower Case

The V1 CPU cooler clearly does much better than its competitors in all the tests. During testing, I noted the noise from the MaxOrb cooler. It was almost silent when the fan was on "Low", but when it was on "High", it was noticeable and on the verge of being too loud. Below are some pictures of the MaxOrb and the V1 next to each other so that you can get an idea for size, differences and similarities between the coolers.



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation & Specifications
  3. Testing
  4. Conclusion
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