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Thermaltake Dragon Orb 3 Heatsink Review
Thermaltake Dragon Orb 3 Heatsink Review
Abstract: The Dragon Orb 3 is simply a massive cooling solution. At 80mm tall, it is one of the tallest heatsinks we have have seen to date.

 Manufacturer  Category  Published  Author 
Thermaltake   Cooling / Heatsinks   Jul 10, 2001   Max Page  

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When compared to the 6800RPM Delta fans on the cooling market today, the Evercool had a slightly different sound signature. Not to be misunderstood, the Evercool fans is quite loud, but seems to lack the degree of high-pitch tone that makes the Delta so infamous.

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Synthetic Temperature Test Results:

FrostyTech Synthetic Temperature Test Platform (50W heat load)
Mfg. Name Model No. Ambient Temp. (C) Large block (C) Small block (c) Thermal compound Thermal pad No. Fans Fan Noise Clip
1 Globalwin CAK38 25.2 43.5 45.8 silver goo - 1 high hard
2 Thermalright SK6 26.4 38.9 46.4 silver goo none 1 loud med
3 Thermaltake DragonOrb3 25.4 45.6 47.5 silver goo - 1 loud very stiff
4 Thermoengine V60-4210 25.0 43.9 47.6 AOS52029KY grey 1 low mod
5 Vantec CCK-6035D 27.0 45.8 48.0 silver goo none 1 high easy
6 Millennium Glaciator 27.0 46.0 50.0 silver goo none 1 med easy
7 Vantec FCE-6030D 26.2 46.6 50.7 silver goo - 1 high med
8 Blizzard S370-L 25.8 52.4 54.7 silver goo none 1 low easy
9 Neng Tyi SN03 27.7 45.9 57.2 AOS 52029KY green 1 med stiff
10 Coolermaster DP5-6H11 26.6 49.9 61.0 AOS 52029KY pink 1 low stiff
11 Vantec GSW-6015 26.0 48.0 64.2 AOS 52029KY none 1 low easy

The Dragon Orb3 performs very well, coming just third amongst our list of reference coolers. Since we used the AOS52029KY thermal compound when testing the Thermoengine it would be unfair to directly compare the Orb3 to it as it was tested using silver-based thermal compound. Regardless, the values are listed.

The top heatsink positions have long been held by several copper heatsinks, so it will be interesting to see how the Dragon Orb3 manages when we examine the rise above ambient temperature results.

Rise Above Ambient Temperature (C)
Mfg. Model with large block with small block
1 Thermalright SK6 12.5 20.0
2 Globalwin CAK38 18.3 20.6
3 Vantec CCK-6035D 18.8 21.0
4 Thermaltake DragonOrb3 20.2 22.1
5 Thermoengine V60-4210 18.9 22.6
6 Millennium Glaciator 19.0 23.0
7 Vantec FCE-6030D 20.4 24.5
8 Blizzard S370-L 26.6 28.9
9 Neng Tyi SN03 18.2 29.5
10 Coolermaster DP5-6H11 23.3 34.4
11 Vantec GSW-6015 22.0 38.2

In this case the order of the top four reference heatsinks changes but the Dragon Orb3 maintains its position. Managing just over a 22 degrees Celsius rise in temperature the Dragon Orb 3 is definitely a very well performing heatsink. It is also one very loud heatsink lest you forget. Raw power rarely comes without a lot of noise, and for many people the top four reference coolers may just be a bit too much to handle.

Of course, we always like the most powerful heatsink whatever the sound it makes. The Dragon Orb3 has plenty of power to use, but with some large issues as well. It is a very heavy heatsink, and the great care should be taken if any computer is moved with the Dragon Orb installed. A sudden shock or a computer tipping over could cause damage to the processor socket, or potentially the processor itself.

It is that heart of pure copper which gives the incredibly stylish Dragon Orb 3 much of its cooling abilities. The move to a top-mounted fan is a good decision for the engineers at Thermaltake, and the drop on fan system for older orbs will be appreciated by many of you as well. The only concerns we see with the Dragon Orb3 revolve around the stiffness of the clip, which during our testing appeared to place a lot of downward force on our synthetic temperature testing rig. Other that than, the Orb3 will absolutely make anyone who doesn't have one, completely jealous. :-)

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Table of Contents:

 1:  Thermaltake Dragon Orb 3 Heatsink Review
 2:  Thermaltake Dragon Orb3 Heatsink Perspectives
 3:  Frosty Acoustic Sampling Chamber and Tester
 4: — Dragon Orb3 Test Results

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