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

Introduction

The summer was a bit rough this year here in Israel mostly thanks to global warming. The temperature keeps going up and up in my small town near Jerusalem, which forces the stock VGA cooler to work harder. This of course raises the fan speed and noise level in our computers. This also increases your GPU's temperature, and we all know that heat kills electronic components. I'm sick of the noise around here (Wars and VGA Coolers). So I decided to kill two birds with one stone: to benefit all our readers with a VGA cooler review for the ATI fan boy mob and of course - the NVIDIA mercenaries. Not to mention, it will benefit me also by losing the annoying stock cooler.

A few weeks ago, I called upon our old friend from Thermaltake and asked him if he had anything that could help me with the noise; that not only offers great performance but something shiny and cool that I can show off and make my newbie friends say “wow! it's so cool” to which I could reply with “Hell yea, it ownz!”.

A few weeks later, I received a nice package with something shiny just as I had requested. It's a brand new DuOrb VGA Cooler that Thermaltake presented at Computex. It's compatible with some of the latest VGA products on the market from both AMD/ATI and NVIDIA. What is so cool about it? It has two 80mm fans. It's made of copper. It has nice blue LEDS. It provides support for many current graphic cards, and of course, it's shiny!! So today, I will be testing Thermaltake's latest addition to the Orb family – the DuOrb VGA Cooler.

Features
* Universal Design for Nvidia and ATI cards
* Copper base and copper fins
* Two long length heatpipe structure
* Attached VGA memory and VRM heatsinks
* Scurve fan blade design and 6-LED lights.
* Dual-pipe and heatsink design
* Dual 80mm silent fan.

Compatibility
* Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT/GTS/GTX/Ultra
* Nvidia GeForce 7900 GTX
* Nvidia GeForce 7800 GS/GT/GTX
* Nvidia GeForce 6800 GS/GT
* ATi Radeon HD 3870
* ATi Radeon X1950 PRO/XT/XTX
* ATi Radeon X1900 GT/XT/XTX
* ATi Radeon X1800 GTO/XL/XT

Specifications
Dimension: (L) 180.5mm x (W) 98.5mm x (H) 30mm
Heatsink Material: Copper base & Copper Fin
Heatpipe: 6mm x 2pcs
Fan Dimension: 80mm x 15mm x 2pcs
Rated Voltage: 12V
Started Voltage: 7V
Max. Air Flow: 23.8 CFM
Max. Air Pressure: 2.9 mmH2O
Fan Speed: 2500 RPM
Life Expectation: 50,000 hours
Connector: Four pin
Weight: 324g

Packaging
The DuOrb ships in a standard plastic cover like many of Thermaltake's cooling products. There is nothing interesting except for the mammoth VGA cooler inside the packaging. Included in the package are the memory heatsinks, mounting clips and stuff to help us mount this cooler on any of the supported VGA cards listed above. Thermaltake also supply special mounting tools for the GeForce 8800 series which include VRM heatsinks. Unfortunately there is no special kind of love for the Radeon HD 2000 family or GeForce 8600/8500 series however.

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