Date: May 18th, 2007
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake USA
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The Max Orb is pretty large with a diameter of 144mm (just over 5 ½ inches) and a weight of 465 grams (about a pound). In the center sits a 110mm blue LED fan and three rows of thin aluminum fins surround it to dissipate heat. The edges of the fins looked sharp to the touch but as it turns out they weren't sharp at all. Due to the thinness they are rather delicate and easily bent, so be careful.
A rheostat is located on the Orb itself can be good or bad depending on one's personal preferences. I feel that it's good because there's nothing extra to plug in, bad because it means reaching inside the case to adjust fan speed.
Flipping the cooler upside down reveals something new to the Orb series - six copper heat pipes coming out of the base. This is a nice improvement over previous Orbs as this design should help dissipate heat evenly over the rows of fins and ultimately provide better performance.
The base is already lapped and has a nice smooth mirror finish. Despite its silver color, it's made of all copper.