PC Insight brengt ons een review van de Chrome Orb Socket A cooler van Thermaltake. Vergeleken met een standaard HSF combo presteert hij vrij aardig, zeker rekeninghoudend met zijn lage prijs van 15 dollar. Vergeet niet dat sommige moederborden (zoals Abit's KT7) weinig ruimte bieden voor de Chrome Orb zodat je de nieuwe revisie zal moeten gebruiken.
With CPU core temperatures increasing substantially with each technological step, a need for a decent cooler is definately in order. Though the Chrome Orb does not perform as well as perhaps a peltier cooler would, for about $15 there isn't really much else you can ask for. When looking at this product from a price/performance standpoint, you can certainly understand why they are so popular. Through a simple and efficient design and through the use of good thermally conductive material, Thermaltake has a product that would interest both the casual user and the overclocker.
The only word of caution comes from a rather pesky problem on a few Socket A motherboards. As mentioned earlier, some boards will support large heatsinks such as this and some will not. Before considering this cooler, it is wise to ensure that there is enough space around the Socket A interface to host this unit. Other than that, the Chrome Orb is a good investment in maintaining the overall life of your CPU-- and whether you overclock or not, it would be in your best interest (and your system's) to get one.