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- Wednesday, December 13th, 2000 Like Share



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rharris Dec 13, 00
Hello folks -it's Richard, long time no reviews huh? No worries -some cool stuff comin out soon

Just to give my own comments on this cooler, I have an Athlon T-bird 900 MHZ running on-top a Asus A7V (Super stable) which was originally cooled by this Super-orb cooler. But I had to switch cooling. Reason-- HEAT! I couldn't believe the temps this guy let through. Under a few bench tests -I saw temps (using CPU stability tests version 6.0 for about 30 minutes) range from 53 degrees idle -to 68 degrees when ramping the benchmarks! I immediately sought out another cooler -as the Orb performance temp was way to low for my blood.

What I found was even more interesting. Do you guys remember this review I did months ago on the Alpha cooler http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Hardware/Reviews/Alpha_PAL6035/index.html

I set this cooler on-top of my T-bird 900 ran the same marks, and was astonished! Idle temps of 45 degrees Celsius, and benched hot around 53 degrees. I was much impressed!
Another thing worth noting is that in the original Alpha article I mentioned some problems I had fitting the cooler onto a socket 7. Well that's not a problem with Socket 462 -works like a charm. It mounted easy, and provides better cooling than the Orb -sorry to burst your bubble

Oh, one other thing about the Super orb that wasn't mentioned in this article that should be is un-mounting! If for any reason you need to take this cooler back off your CPU/Motherboard -BE CAREFUL! Even though it does snap on a little easier than earlier Orbs -you can easily damage componets, cpu, or even your hands trying to get the Orb back off -which in SOME cases isn't a bad thing. But I just wanted to give you that "heads up"

Happy seeking!

Richard Harris

"Remember -the Titanic was built by professionals and the Ark was built by amateurs"

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dgrant Dec 13, 00
Richard,


Those are some pretty high numbers! Unfortunately, I don't have a T-Bird to verify them myself. I am certain that the 650MHz Duron didn't get anywhere near those temps though (even at 850MHz). 68deg Celsius is pretty extreme temperature for a CPU and it would easily be revealed during the very scientific "touch-test", which obviates any thermal probe issues (placement, quality, etc...). Take a look at Anandtech's Socket Cooler Roundup which has temperature readings for the Super Orb installed on a 750Mhz T-bird o/ced to 950Mhz. The temp they got is about the same as mine: 45deg Celsius.

Regarding the uninstallation, I had no trouble getting the Super Orb off at all. In fact, it was easier to remove than clips that require a screwdriver because there is always the chance of the screwdriver slipping and damaging the board (I have actually witnessed this happen to one "less experienced" individual); however, the Super Orb does require a bit of technique to remove, but as long as it is done with care, I can't imagine it causing too many problems. The Super Orb is leagues better installation-wise than the older Orb models.


Daryl
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samson Dec 13, 00
the super orb is the sweetest cooler that I have seen in a while, barring the Hedgehogs that seem to be really cool too.

Hey Richard, when you were testing the Super Orb, did you find the same problems on a slower CPU? I am wondering what might be causing the differences in temperature.

cool pic by the way ;-)
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rharris Dec 13, 00
Daryl -I know those temp marks are a bit high, but the 900 mhz and up and T Birds run hotter than the lower end CPUs. I know what I know -that's all I can offer. I could post a formal review of this product compared to older socket coolers that are compatible with the newer socket styles -but it would seem redundant. I was just giving my own experience with the Suprt Orb -not getting up in your kool-aid

Un-install -not problem huh? What board did you use to attempt the uninstall? If you want I will install the Orb in my Asus A7V -then un-install it in a Mpg movie format to show the difficulty level. Given it's not rocket science, it's just rather cumbersome to remove and could possibly damage parts if handled in the wrong way when compared to "other" coolers.

Samson -I didn't attempt to install the Orb in a lower CPU combo so I'm not sure about the specs there.

If someone out there can give us some in-sight as to my high temp marks or you've had similiar results with the Orb I'd love to hear your feedback!
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dgrant Dec 13, 00
Richard

I am curious about your temperatures myself and I'd be interested to know if anyone recieved similar results as you did. I mentioned the Anandtech review above, what are your thoughts on that?
As for the uninstallation, all I can say is I was using an A7V and I didn't have any difficulties.





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rharris Dec 13, 00
The Anandtec cooler roundup was comparing an overclocked T-bird at 200 MHZ over the manufactured speed which brought the CPU up to 950 MHZ. My stock T-bird smokes even with an Alpha cooler at around 50c.

What temp control monitor did you use? Maybe I should check my onboard thermal senser for problems? Mmmm -that's a good idea, I think I will do that (more later)

BTW -looking for a good article about Athlon OC -go here
http://www.athlonoc.com/temp_monitor.htm

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curtcold Dec 10, 02
I know this review is old, but I have this HSF on a KT7, just for your info
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