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Written by Olin Coles   
Monday, 14 July 2008
Table of Contents: Page Index
Best CPU Cooler Performance - Q2 2008
Thermally Conductive Element Reference
Cooler Master Hyper Z600
Cooler Master CM Sphere
Gigabyte G-Power II Pro
GlacialTech Igloo 5750
Noctua NH-C12P
SilenX IXC-120HA2
Sunbeam Core Contact Freezer CR-CCTF
Thermaltake V1 CL-0401
Thermaltake DuOrb CL-P0464
TIM Application and Surface
Testing Methodology
Test Results: Stock Cooling Fan
Test Results: High-Output Fan
Final Thoughts and Conclusion
Best of Q2-2008 Conclusion
The Aftermath: Editors Notes

Thermaltake DuOrb CL-P0464

Thermaltake has long been an innovator in the realm of CPU cooling with many of its thermal strategies being adopted by OEM and other companies. They are also as well known for their equally innovative stylish designs that look as good as they perform. The Thermaltake CL-P0464 DuOrb breaks the mold with its twin clear 80mm fans surrounded by twin arcs of copper dissipation fins.

Six heatpipes draw heat up from the mirror-finished copper baseplate and distribute it efficiently among the fans. Each 2000 rpm fin is able to move 37.67CFM of cooling air through the array of fins with a combined noise level of 21dBA. The DuOrb does more than cool the CPU, it cools the area around the RAM, VRM and the back of the VGA card enabling higher memory clock speeds.

The base is offset to allow for VGA cards and one fan has blue LED's while the other sports red for a truly striking visual effect while under power. The DuOrb supports Intel Core2, Pentium and Celeron series processors as well as the Athlon 64, -FX, X2 and Sempron CPUs.

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Similar to Cooler Master designs, Thermaltake walks a different path in regards to their approach to creating unique products. Just like the Thermaltake V1, the DuOrb CL-P0464 is like no other you've ever seen. It's always a good thing to have manufacturers think outside the box for cooling solutions, because that's how we get ideas like heat-pipes and the subsequent heat-pipe direct touch technology.

Each side-cooler on the Thermaltake DuOrb CL-P0464 has three copper heat-pipe rods spanning to it. These three rods make a circle pattern beneath the fan, giving each an opportunity to cool equally. The mounting system used by the DuOrb is comprised of the standard push-pin style clips system, which means that you won't have to remove the motherboard to install the CL-P0464 cooler.

Although the included fan speed controller dial will help to keep noise levels down for most enthusiasts not needing full power, the proprietary fan design will most likely keep serious overclockers from giving this product a fair chance. No worries though, since Benchmark Reviews plans on testing this product for you!

At the time of this writing NewEgg sells the CL-P0464 for $64.99, which places this product among the most expensive cooling solutions offered.

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CL-P0464 Specifications

  • Thermaltake DuOrb CL-P0464
  • Heatsink Dimension 202(L) x 106(W) x 86(H) mm
  • Heatsink Material Copper/Aluminum Fins/Copper Base
  • Heatpipe Copper Pipe Ø 6 mm x 6
  • Fan Dimension 80 x 20 mm
  • Fan Speed 2000 RPM
  • Noise Level 21 dBA
  • Max. Air Flow 37.67 CFM
  • Max. Air Pressure 1.27 mmH2O
  • LED Fan Blue and Red
  • Power Connector 3-pin
  • Rated Voltage 12V
  • Started Voltage 5V Rated Current
  • Power Input 5.04W (2 Fans)
  • MTBF 50000 Hours
  • Weight 598 g

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About the company: Thermaltake

Founded in 1999, Thermaltake Technology is the world leader in the supply of thermal management cooling solutions, high-end power supply and chassis for desktop PC and industrial application systems. Building on the strength of its people, products and extensive expertise in Thermal Management, Thermaltake raised the level of excellence on its Award Winning Purepower branded power supply as well as Xaser line of chassis. While mission-critical applications for Enterprises and ultimate video gaming experiences available for gaming enthusiasts all rely on today's cutting-edge PCs to deliver, high-end PC makers rely on Thermaltake to provide the most reliable power supply, the most thermally efficient chassis and cooling solutions.

Thermaltake Technology Co., Ltd. started its core business based on our extensive knowledge of PC thermal management during the era where the area of performance CPU cooling was only exclusive for "overclockers" or PC enthusiasts. With the company's initial launch of Orb coolers, it created waves of shocks and appraisals throughout the gaming and overclocking communities. Thermaltake quickly became the name gamers turn to when they need high-end and reliable thermal solutions.

With company's core business of CPU cooling still growing at a vast rate, Thermaltake made another grand entry to the PC chassis industry. To date, Thermaltake has always been considered as the pioneering company that revolutionized the PC chassis industry with Xaser series enclosures. The typical and traditional beige and plastic front panel design was outdone by Xaser series chassis's atypical gaming red and aluminum front panel. It was also the first enclosure available to the public with Hardcano unit which provided users full control over computer's thermal management system.

As a leader in Thermal Management, Thermaltake is the trusted supplier to many computer manufacturers providing Intel Validated and AMD Approved CPU coolers for today's high frequency and mainstream CPUs. At the pace of current technological advancement in multimedia application and multi-core processor, Thermal Management will become an evermore challenging task requiring innovative product design and reliable manufacturing process; a task that has made what Thermaltake is now and will be in the future.

In the year 2002, Thermaltake announced Purepower line of power supply unit for the ever-growing power-hungry PCs. Purepower series PSU quickly gained recognition with its extensive warranty and high-reliability guaranty. Today, Thermaltake has grown into a world-class company with state-of-the-art testing and R&D facility based in Taiwan along with 60+ engineers and ID team covering each application segment such as Liquid Cooling, Air Cooling, PC Enclosure and Power Supply for main-stream users, high-end solutions, system integrators and industrial applications; thus achieve Thermaltake 's company motto, " COOLall YOUR LIFE "!



 

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