“ CPU Fan (Socket A) „
The "Orb" design is one of the least efficient ways of removing heat from a CPU, which is why this fan shifts more air than other more conventional coolers, but gets poorer results. The only reason I can think of that a HSF would be designed like this is for looks... With case windows and holes so you can see the inside of the computer becoming more common it seems that we have the ridiculous situation of computer components that you shouldn't even be able to see being designed for looks rather than performance. I couldn't really reccomend this product to anyone that seriously wanted to reduce temperatures on their CPU. There are coolers out there which are not only cheaper but more effective too.
We all want a nice cool CPU. Well the cheapest way to cool down your CPU is with a nice big fan. The Super orb is just that, only for your moolah you get not one but two fans in one!! Wow. The Super Orb is designed for a Socket A processor. This will mainly be Athlon Thunderbirds as well as the Duron range, but it is also possible to put it onto other sockets such as the 478 used by the Pentium 4. The Super Orb looks very much like one of those giant gas containers. It has fins in a spiral pattern around the outside and 2 fans in the middle. It’s also coloured in a lovely silver shade. The fan is very similar to the Chrome Orb but twice as big. My Super Orb set me back just £15 ish which is very decent when compared with other fans such as the FOP38’s. I opened it from it’s beautifully yellow box to find the fan, thermal paste, instructions and some wires to connect it to a molex if needed (molex are the red, yellow and black things which connect to the hard drive and CDROM drives). The fan is pretty hard to stick onto the CPU, requiring a large amount of muscle to hold back the clip far enough. Fortunately for me I got the Daddy to do it (also, if he broke anything I could make him pay :) ). Once on however it’s a nice tight fit which is what you need to make decent contact. The thermal paste provided, while it isn’t the best stuff (serious overclockers will go for Arctic Silver), it does the job well enough for most. Booting up, everything worked. I’ve been using this fan for about 6 months now and never had one problem with reliability. Spinning at 5500rpm, you’d expect this fan to be noisy. I can hear it, but it’s not half as noisy as you’d expect and the pitch of the sound isn’t annoying (you get used to it after a while). The noise level claims to be 32dBa though I cannot verify this because I’m only human you know… Fan number 1 pushes 25 CF
M of air and fan number 2 does 17. These when combined are pretty good compared to competition. All air is pushed directly past the fins which makes the fan nice and efficient, just like the Borg. When I first installed the fan, I found that my CPU was idling at about 25C and with a load on it was up to about 43C. Very coooo indeed. After overclocking my Tbird 800 to 880 however it idles at around 30C and with a load goes up to around 50C. Whilst not as good as fans such as the Alpha or FOP38, it still beats most other fans in it’s price range. The only problem I’ve had with the Sorb was that it was a tough fit onto my Abit KT7 mobo (through no fault of Thermaltake). Abit had carelessly placed a few transistors around the Socket of the mobo. However once again the Daddy came to the rescue. Using an angle grinder he cut the Sorb down to size to get it on. Easy enough. So, to sum up, at only £15 the Super Orb is a steal. Excellent cooling and not to noisy either. My only bad points are, firstly that due to the Super Orb consisting of 2 fans, each fan takes up a 3 pin connector. This should not be a problem to most people especially when there is a molex to 3-pin converter but thought I’d point that one out. The only bad thing I can say against it is that it isn’t as good as the more expensive fans, so if you’re really a desperate overclocker, or if you live somewhere hot like Jamaica, then maybe you’ll be wanting to splash out a little more.