Date: December 10th, 2008
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake USA
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
Thermaltake's DuOrb definitely has a distinctive look and the fit and finish of the cooler is very good. The unusual stance of the DuOrb is a product of the twin-fan design coupled with the need to keep the cooler from interfering with mosfet cooling solutions seen on many modern motherboards. The large wingspan and downward airflow will also help cool the components surrounding the socket.
The 6mm heatpipes make some interesting twists and turns while wending their way through the aluminum and copper fins. The ‘pipes are sandwiched between the copper baseplate and aluminum mounting cap, and the whole assembly is secured with two lateral braces to stabilize the two “orbs.” As you can see, the base is slightly off-center with respect to the cooler. This allows the DuOrb to fit with almost every CPU/mobo combination. Both fantails feed to a single, sleeved lead, terminating in a 3-pin connector.
The base is dead flat and has a mirror finish, but this example shows some staining that should have no affect on cooling.
The base cap has some extruded features to interface with the mounting clip for a secure installation. The cooler seems to be very robust, owing to the steel braces and soldered construction. I'm getting a good feeling from the DuOrb, and I hope the performance is as good as the quality I've seen so far.
Moving on to the mounting solutions, the mounting clip, thermal grease and thumbscrews are the only parts common to both the Intel and AMD platforms.