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Thermaltake MaxOrb CPU Cooler

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I felt very much let down by the performance of this cooler, because my initial thought was that the 'radiate' design of the cooler would propel it ahead of the competition. From the test results, you can see that was clearly not the case. It did perform better than the Intel stock cooler, but then don’t most after-market coolers? I wouldn’t recommend this cooler to anyone, because for a few more dollars, you can get the V1 cooler from Thermaltake and get much better cooling. While the installation of the cooler was unique, it was also quite easy, so that is a positive point. The cooler looks stylish and having a fan control knob is definitely a great feature, because if you’re not running your CPU intensively, you can turn the fan to “Low” and get it to sound almost completely silent. To be honest with you, I feel like the retention clip isn’t the most secure way to attach a big cooler to your motherboard; I like coolers that have the push-pin clips that are already attached before you put the cooler onto your motherboard. The 'radiate' technology is definitely something that is a work in progress and I hope to see a CPU cooler that can use this technology to give much better results than what the MaxOrb is putting out. So if you’re looking into a cooler from Thermaltake, think about spending a few more dollars to get the V1 instead of the MaxOrb to cool your CPU down a bit more.

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  • Stylish Looks
  • Ease of Installation
  • Fan Controller


  • Poor performance
  • Loud when fan is on “High”

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