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Thermaltake MaxOrb CPU Cooler

Price: $53 USD


When you overclock your system, one major concern that you have to worry about is your CPU temperature. If it gets too hot, you risk frying it like the egg you fried this morning for breakfast. So in order to obtain the overclock you want, you’ll need a CPU cooler to keep your temperatures at an ideal level, so that you can push your system to the max without worrying about your processor temperature.  Today we’re going to look at the Thermaltake MaxOrb CPU cooler, to see if it keeps your CPU from looking like that fried egg and to see how it compares amongst other coolers. 

To computer most enthusiasts, Thermaltake is a huge name due to their consistently high quality products. A while ago, Thermaltake stirred things up when they released their huge “Big Typhoon” cooler, because it was one of the best performers on the market for CPU cooling and it wasn’t too expensive. Let’s see if this MaxOrb is going to stir things up like the Big Typhoon cooler did. 

Closer Look:

The cooler was much bigger than I thought it would be and the box clearly shows it. I like how Thermaltake allows you to see the actual product with the clear plastic in the front. The back of the box displays some of the features of the cooler. On the left side of the box, Thermaltake explains the “magic” behind the cooler, by showing diagrams of how it works. The other side of the box showcases the specifications.  



Once you take the cooler out of the box, it’ll be encased in plastic with a white box below it. The plastic opens up like a book. 

Now that the cooler is out, you can see that it isn’t too tall – it only stands 3.75 inches high. There are a number of fins to dissipate the heat from the cooler. In the middle of the fins, is the 110mm fan with blue LEDs. Also, notice the fan controller on the left side of the cooler.   


This particular cooler uses six heat-pipes to direct the heat away from the CPU and to the fins which disperse the heat. The bottom of the cooler is covered by a thin plastic film, which protects the highly polished copper base from dust and debris. Notice the retention clip located just above the base of the CPU cooler.


Included with the CPU cooler are instructions, which have multiple languages and different instructions per motherboard socket. Also, you’ll get some thermal paste, mounting screws and pins, mounting brackets and a mounting plate.

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