Installing the Orb is a relatively simple process no matter how you have to do it. They give you two ways to install it. Either with mounting clips, or with a piece of thermally conductive adhesive tape.
Installing with adhesive tape isn't the preferred way, but it will work. If you lack the available mounting holes necessary to use the clips, you simply clean the back of the orb, as well as the top of the chip, and apply the tape to it with some force, to mate them securely.
The preferred method for mounting is with the included clips. They provide a more secure mounting, as well as the ability to remove and re-mount as necessary.
I used the clip method, as my motherboard had holes that would work with the cooler.
Now we're down to the infamous test stage here. Lets take a look at what we've got going for this phase:
- Thermaltake Blue orb (Well, it used to be, but GigaHz over at So-Trick hooked me up with a cool one to match my IDE cables, but color doesn't make a performance difference.)
- Thermaltake Chrome orb
The Test Bed
- Blizzard 280 case, 2x 92mm side intakes, 1x 92mm top exhausts
- (side intakes modded to 7V for quieter operation)
- Asus A7V KT133 motherboard
- AMD Duron 1GHz @ 1.1 GHz (10x110MHz, light overclocking for now.)
Install the coolers on the motherboard using Arctic Silver 2 as thermal grease, then fire the system up and measure temps after half an hour of normal operating load. Temperatures of the northbridge were taken with a Compunurse, which is super-glued to the corner of the chip.
Or for those number fiends out there:
So, the Crystal orb effectively paced the blue orb, with no really visible temperature differences between the two.
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