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Thermaltake DuOrb VGA Cooler Review
Published on October 30th, 2007

During our review, the DuOrb performed flawlessly as we had hoped after seeing the design. In addition, we also tested the stability of the included memory heatsinks, the adhesive is sticky enough, so if your memory chips are clean there is far less chance the memory heatsinks will drop off. When it came to performance, the DuOrb performed well and satisfied us. The noise level while not super-silent was satisfying also.

The DuOrb is copper and has two 80mm fans, however since Thermaltake used all copper, it must increase their manufacturing cost. Currently this product is priced between $39-50 bucks, a touch expensive for a VGA cooler, but since you get two fans, full copper cooler and a stylish design, We believe this price is justified and pretty reasonable all and all. If we compare the DuOrb to Zalman's VF1000 LED VGA Cooler which costs around $80 bucks and only has one fan! that's expensive.

There are three things we did not like about it. The first issue is the lack of compatibility for some cards. The DuOrb supports GeForce 8800, 7900, 7800, 6800 series from NVIDIA and the ATI Radeon HD 3870, X1950, X1900 and X1800 series. What about the Radeon HD 2000 series or the NVIDIA GeForce 8500/8600 series? Even though they are not big on performance there are still many people buying these products.

The other thing is the fact that Thermaltake used posts on the backside of the graphic card to mount the DuOrb on your graphics card. The problem with that is that posts unlike screws make you use your fingers to attach them, and it is not all that easy. To make sure the DuOrb is mounted 100% correctly, we had to use a small set of pliers to make sure the posts are 100% secured. The third thing is the 4-pin power connector. A 3-pin power connector would be better for controlling the fans with your BIOS or application such as SpeedFan. Other then these three minor issues, everything seems great. I'd like to give this product our precious Editor's choice award since it's affordable, it performed good, sounds good, and it looks really good.

First of all, we would like to thank Aanikah Chen from Thermaltake for making this review possible by supplying sample. Secondly, we would like to thank the other sites for linking in, and mostly we would like to thank you, the reader for reading this review. If you wish to support, you are all invited to visit our forums. If you wish to see more information about similar products, make sure to check our home page. Until then, thank you very much.

Written by Eran Badit
Edited by Steve Ruxton

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