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Tomshardware says SuperOrb is noisy n doesn't perform well?

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Chicharon1

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i just removed my FOP32 n changed it to a Mini Super Orb. Other reviews say Super Orb super ok! while tomz hardware says SuperOrb sucks.. whatz d real score?!

Tomzhardware also said Super Orb is noisy but i feel that FOP32 is noisier n rattles d table a lot! the super orb is quiet n i dont feel like sum1 is drilling my table.. did i make a right decision with the Mini Super Orb?!?!?!!

it still looked cute! heheheheh
 

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My FOP-32 was quieter than my case fans. I'm sure the Orb family has a place in processor cooling. From all that I have read about them, that place is not in OC'ing, let alone high speed (read wattage) P4 and T-birds. I don't like to "Parrot" what I haven't seen myself, but having read a ton of reviews, I have never seen even one credible review give glowing marks to the Orb family.

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AKDUDE

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The one thing I don't get about Tom's review is that he slams the Orb, but yet it places 4th out of the 23 fans in his tests. I could understand if it didn't cool well for him, but he praises coolers that tested much worse.

I have a Orb, and the main reason I don't like it is because its a ***** to get on and off the socket. I bought some Artic Silver2 paste, and had such a time getting it off the socket, I decided never to use it again.
If Toms Hardware had something to slam on the Super Orb, that would have been a good point.

I now use a FOP 32, and it is louder than the Orb, but not by much. Mainly it just has a higher pitched tone to it.
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AKDUDE

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Heres a quote from his review of the Orb

The Super Orb gives the overall impression that it was made by developers with little knowledge in the field. This is clearly shown in the rotating vanes of both fan propellers, which are not at all aerodynamically designed. Still, the cooling performance is quite acceptable with cooling temperatures of 39°C. This places the Super Orb in the upper ranks of the test candidates. When it comes to noise level, Thermal Take's cooler ranks at the bottom, the noise level is 55 dB(A). Considering the cooling performance offered, this level is not acceptable.

We can only warn against purchasing the Super Orb, which is nothing but your classic phoney. Only a complete redesign would improve matters, honing being a waste of time. "


So basically it places forth out of the test, but is only the 6th loudest in the group, then on the other hand the alpha p is one of the loudest also, but it places near the bottom in cooling performance. What am I missing here?
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Chicharon1

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so it means that i made a VERY big mistake buying a Super Orb right? i should just stick with FOP32 or 38 right? =( at first i thought it was a great fan cauz a lot of reviews says itz a good fan.... =( one thing positive about the mini super orb is that itz very easy to install (on my part) i cracked a Duron just installing an FOP32 and the orb fits without a problem.....

the orb is also a lot quieter than the FOP32.. dunno about the other's opinions... one thing i didn't like about the FOP32 is that it rattles the table! making you feel that someone is drilling a hole down your table!!

so i dont know about the reviews if they are wrong =( maybe the newer orbs are of better design?! i just bought this 2 days ago!



AKDUDE (Mar 17, 2001 10:46 p.m.):
Heres a quote from his review of the Orb

The Super Orb gives the overall impression that it was made by developers with little knowledge in the field. This is clearly shown in the rotating vanes of both fan propellers, which are not at all aerodynamically designed. Still, the cooling performance is quite acceptable with cooling temperatures of 39°C. This places the Super Orb in the upper ranks of the test candidates. When it comes to noise level, Thermal Take's cooler ranks at the bottom, the noise level is 55 dB(A). Considering the cooling performance offered, this level is not acceptable.

We can only warn against purchasing the Super Orb, which is nothing but your classic phoney. Only a complete redesign would improve matters, honing being a waste of time. "


So basically it places forth out of the test, but is only the 6th loudest in the group, then on the other hand the alpha p is one of the loudest also, but it places near the bottom in cooling performance. What am I missing here?
AKDUDE
 

Nagorak

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I have found the FOP to be easy to install if you are careful. Use a screwdriver to press down on the clip handle, and use your fingers to attach it. If it rattles your case put something under it. A small towel, cloth placemat or a rubber doormat should do fine. The best thing I have found is to attach an 80mm to the FOP for reduced noise and increased performance.
 

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You should have gotten an Alpha PAL6035 with a Sunon 23CFM or YS-Tech 27CFM fan. It wouldl keep your CPU fairly cool with little noise.
 
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Chicharon1

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if only we had those here.... so far after weeks of searching.. we only have Globalwin FOP32, 38 (not sure), Volcano, the Orb family and the coolmaster.... so the first i bought was a FOP32 but it killed a Duron.. so i'm scared of using it again.. now im using a MiniOrb... i read in Tomshardware that itz 1C hotter than a FOP32 so i'm satisfied with the orb.. not to mention that it looks very cool and doesn't make that grinding noise and rattle that the FOP32..

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Jeff Evans (Mar 17, 2001 11:33 p.m.):
You should have gotten an Alpha PAL6035 with a Sunon 23CFM or YS-Tech 27CFM fan. It wouldl keep your CPU fairly cool with little noise.
 

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I gave mine away. It was a huge P.O.S.

they are junk. they are total and complete junk. read ALL the reviews you can find and you will see that the results vary all over the place.

orbs are a gimmiky turd that is being marketed to you. run from it. it is bad.
 

AKDUDE

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My gimmicky turd gave me pretty much the same temps as this FOP32 does, in fact, it idled alot lower, but maxes out the same, or maybeo one 1c higer.
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Chicharon1

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well... yap d reviews all over the net says that super orb is king.. while d others say itz just like an FOP32... well... i have both the orb n FOP32 so i think i'll junk the FOP... i dont have money to buy a new cooler!! maybe in d future.. but for now... Super Orb your gonna stay with me ^___^
 

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I generally trust the reviews done here at Overclockers.com, and they rate the Super Orb exceptionally poorly. Also, this heatsink test at Anantech was done using a good testing methodology. And guess what heatsink is bringing up the rear? (hint: it's not the FOP)
 

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It indeed blows arse.

Just look at the testing methodology. the Sorb looks good when compared to crappy HSF's. and it looks good in poorly done tests also. I am a fan of the tests here and at Frostytech.com, because they test things in a smart way.

I can also tell you that the thing is two peices, and that it don't have thermal paste in the joint either. And that the two fans serve no real purpose. And that it performs a lot worse with durons than Tbirds because of the smaller duron die.
 

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Chicharon1 (Mar 17, 2001 09:55 p.m.):
i just removed my FOP32 n changed it to a Mini Super Orb. Other reviews say Super Orb super ok! while tomz hardware says SuperOrb sucks.. whatz d real score?!

Tomzhardware also said Super Orb is noisy but i feel that FOP32 is noisier n rattles d table a lot! the super orb is quiet n i dont feel like sum1 is drilling my table.. did i make a right decision with the Mini Super Orb?!?!?!!

it still looked cute! heheheheh

if you wana get some performance outa that orb drill a hole through the base(horazontaly) and atach nipples at the end. with a water cooled orb i get 35C max
 
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Chicharon1

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the temp readings are already as high as 53C =( i think i made a REALLY BIG mistake of buying the SMOrb... =( i'll give you guyz info when i change my processor later.. i'll reinstall the FOP32 and i'll tell you if my temp has dropped..

cookedcomp (Mar 18, 2001 04:07 p.m.):
Chicharon1 (Mar 17, 2001 09:55 p.m.):
i just removed my FOP32 n changed it to a Mini Super Orb. Other reviews say Super Orb super ok! while tomz hardware says SuperOrb sucks.. whatz d real score?!

Tomzhardware also said Super Orb is noisy but i feel that FOP32 is noisier n rattles d table a lot! the super orb is quiet n i dont feel like sum1 is drilling my table.. did i make a right decision with the Mini Super Orb?!?!?!!

it still looked cute! heheheheh

if you wana get some performance outa that orb drill a hole through the base(horazontaly) and atach nipples at the end. with a water cooled orb i get 35C max
 

AKDUDE

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Holy Cow! That is too high, what speed are you running ? With such wide results reported on the Orbs, I wonder if some of them are better than others? I.E. crappy manufactoring.
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orbs are very stylish, but they are an awful design for cooling. Stick with a more traditional heatsink, as good heatsinks have good surface area and airflow. The cheaper volcano ii from the same company as the orbs is a better cooler, and the alphas and global wins are even better. Get a PEP66 for cooling, you can mod it to put a quieter fan on it and get a great hsf.