View Full Version : Thermaltake Orb Series

12-16-2006, 12:14 AM
It seems Thermaltake has just added another "Orb" CPU cooler to their collection. The Thermaltake Orb "Ruby". It looks like it was designed to be used with "recent" CPU releases such as the Core 2 Duo. The only differences that I have noticed other than the color is the measurements and of course things like CFM/DBA/RPM.

Golden Orb (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16835106062):
Fan Dimensions: 100 x 100 x 24mm
Heatsink Dimensions: 120 x 120 x 63mm
RPM: 1600±10% RPM
Air Flow: 35.43 CFM
Noise Level: 17 dBA

Blue Orb II (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16835106069):
Fan Dimensions: 120 x 120 x 24.3mm
Heatsink Dimensions: 140 x 140 x 66mm
RPM: 1700 RPM
Air Flow: 77.85 CFM
Noise Level: 17 dBA

Ruby Orb (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16835106081):
Fan Dimensions: 120 x 120 x 24.3mm
Heatsink Dimensions: 140 x 140 x 73.3mm
RPM: 1700±10% RPM
Air Flow: 77.85 CFM
Noise Level: 17 dBA

As you can see, other than that slight increase of hieght and the change of color, it is basically a Blue Orb II. But for those who color scheme your computers, this just might come in handy!

Anyone have any information that I over looked?



It seems that there is also a weight difference between the Orbs! This is great information to me, as a heatsink that weighs too much can be troublesome for some people. Like, you know, cheap flimsy boards that might warp under certain weight.

Golden Orb:
Grams: 752g
Pounds: 1.6pnds

Blue Orb II:
Grams: 869g
Pounds: 1.9pnds

Ruby Orb:
Grams: 545g
Pounds: 1.2pnds

As you can read, the Ruby Orb is almost a whole pound lighter! I wonder how they pulled that off?

12-16-2006, 03:12 AM
Different metals, different alloys. The only noticed thing I found that was different was lack of copper in the ruby orb.

I still have a thermaltake golden orb for my old slot a 750 mhz athlon. System still runs too. 6 years and the damn thing still works like the day I built it. Few fan replacements, a new psu, but not much considering.

12-16-2006, 03:35 AM
I thought all the Orb series were copperless? Not a plus, but they seem to work real well.

Six years with or without the golden orb nil8? If you have had that thing for six years and it is still running like new? I think I'm sold then! ...for the ruby that is. ^^ Its just so pretty!


12-16-2006, 08:27 AM
Six years with. A different design, but the same basic idea. Slot processors require different heatsinks than sockets.

It says in the newegg description under detailed info that the blue orb has aluminum and copper.

12-16-2006, 08:44 PM
Good round up. +rep

12-17-2006, 12:45 AM
Good round up. +rep

That reminds me of a mmorpg i used to play when it was beta . . .

As for heatsinks, the thing I find the hardest is keeping the fins dust-free. Are there anybody out there that have found ways to keep dust off or really reduced on a heatsink beside a hepa filter and a good blow job from a can of air now and than?

12-17-2006, 02:44 AM
Air filters on your fans. Stops it before it reaches your proc fan.
Don't smoke or have pets or kids around your machines if possible.

12-17-2006, 10:06 AM
As for heatsinks, the thing I find the hardest is keeping the fins dust-free. Are there anybody out there that have found ways to keep dust off or really reduced on a heatsink beside a hepa filter and a good blow job from a can of air now and than?
i recently tried several kinds of filters in a 1.25killowatt television emitter :) and i must say that it originally had a spongey-like filter, but bigger, similar to what PCs have... still, changing it with aluminum or steel or even plastic weave better keeps dust away, even though you have to wash/change it more frequently to avoid dust impeding airflow.. too much :) so, if u think of a nice filtering system that has easily removable filters on all intakes, you won't get dust between the fins :)

01-12-2007, 12:49 AM
Thought this was pretty amusing...

I give you, The first Thermaltake Golden Orb (http://www.overclockercafe.com/Reviews/cooling/Tt_Golden_Orb_II/1003.html).

Might be old history to most of you, but to some it would probably be more well known as "revolutionary" in CPU cooling. That is, if my information is right. I believe it was the first CPU cooler to bring that "radius" design to the market?

01-12-2007, 04:30 AM
yeah i belive it was !

thx for bringing back old memories


01-12-2007, 05:48 AM
You know, I wonder if you could rig that up to chipsets on your motherboard? I mean, if you could even find one of those bad boys that is. That would be kind of cool to have a Golden Orb II cool you CPU and have dual first generation Golden Orb's cool your north and south bridge! ...or course take out that ugly fan and put in a clear one with some blue led to match. I wonder if that would even be possible?

thnx ;)

01-12-2007, 05:59 AM
I'm shure you would be able to finde an Golden Orb.... eventulay
as for mounting it to the chipset, that would be the easyest part, just make a braket
but I see a nother problem: the size of them, they are both big and i dont think they would fit, usualy the northbridge is under the CPU, and looking at the Golden Orb II there isn't a lot of free space around there

my pleasure

01-12-2007, 06:07 AM
Actually with my mobo (may dell wrought in hell) you have more room than you do with the cpu. Which is ultra gay imo, but whatever, it was free so I aint complaining. But that said, I could fit a pair of Golden Orb II's and still have clearance. So I would only assume that having a pair of first generations would fit too. ...dangit, now I really want to do this! Off to ebay I guess... I'll only do it if they are under 15 bucks a piece. haha, I'm a bit tight on cash. Its pretty sad when your own parents don't pay you back. ><

wtf? lol

01-12-2007, 06:20 AM
haaa haaaaa
you HAVE got to do this
go and put up a worklog right now !!!!

wha'.... ?

01-12-2007, 06:25 AM
SCORE!!! I'll ask my dad to put in the order tomarrow, I mean, how can he refuse? lol

http://cgi.ebay.com/THERMALTAKE-GOLDEN-ORB-COOLER-FOR-SOCKET-370_W0QQitemZ270077458108QQihZ017QQcategoryZ14292Q QssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/Thermaltake-Golden-Orb-Processor-Heatsink-and-Fan_W0QQitemZ160073195150QQihZ006QQcategoryZ3673QQ ssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/Thermaltake-Golden-Orb-SOCKET-370-Cpu-Fan_W0QQitemZ250071592946QQihZ015QQcategoryZ42003Q QrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/Socket-370-CPU-Fan-and-Heatsink-Golden-ORB_W0QQitemZ220059813807QQihZ012QQcategoryZ80146Q QrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQcmdZViewItem

somebody ate my blue berry muffin.... :tear: haha

01-12-2007, 06:30 AM
HOLY F**K! ...sorry for the language.

Check out the location of this one!!!!!

http://cgi.ebay.com/Thermaltake-Golden-Orb-SOCKET-370-Cpu-Fan_W0QQitemZ250071592946QQihZ015QQcategoryZ42003Q QrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQcmdZViewItem


Now if that isn't a will of god... I don't know what is lol


Okay, now this is just getting freaky...

http://cgi.ebay.com/Thermaltake-Golden-Orb-II-Ultra-Silent-Blue-Fan_W0QQitemZ290071333908QQihZ019QQcategoryZ3673QQ ssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Ebay is my new best friend... lol

vvv you bastard vvv

01-12-2007, 06:41 AM
bloody hell =))

now you ain't got no excuse lol


01-12-2007, 07:07 AM
How hard would it be to create a mounting bracket for these?

01-12-2007, 07:57 AM
i think it would be preaty easy
i think of something like a plate/screw combo

01-12-2007, 09:24 PM
After thinking about it and trying to plan it out, I don't think it will be possible with this particular motherboard. If I can still figure out how to mount them in there without getting ridiculous then I will, even if its only for one, but these damn Dells are so screwy its going to take a little more thought than I originally expected. Gah, I hope I can figure something out, I think this would be really cool to do. ...lol and its so cheap...

01-13-2007, 03:14 AM

could you posta photo of you'r mobo

i think i have an idea