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Thermaltake Dragon Orb 3
Page 2 - Performance
Author: Dan Podhola (WebMasterP)
Date: August 12, 2001
Category: Cooling
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I compared the Dragon Orb 3 to my previous cooler, the Global WIN FOP32-1. While the FOP32-1 was easier to install, it did not cool as well as the orb. All CPU Stressing temperatures were taken after running Prime95 for one hour. I verified that both were running at 100% CPU usage before and after the one hour time period. The idle temperatures were taken at almost no CPU usage. 99% of the CPU cycles were idle for 30 minutes before I took any idle temperature readings.


The ambient temperature (room temp) was 26.1º C and the system temperature was 25º C. As you can see, with its copper core and 7000 RPM fan, the Dragon Orb 3 really excelled in heat dissipation. It kept the Athlon cool even when it was under a lot of stress. This almost completely makes up for the bad clip design.

Also, you might want to keep in mind that your results will most likely not be like these. As you saw from the pictures on page one, not everyone has a case like mine. But, I know a lot of people have more cooling than that. But this should give you a rough estimate of the performance you can expect.

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