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Of Orbs and Blocks – ThermalTake DUORB and Scythe OROCHI

We have in the labs today, a pair of interesting CPU coolers coming from ThermalTake and Scythe – the DUORB CPU cooler and the OROCHI Cooler respectively. One follows in the tradition of its predesessors and the other breaks from convention of heatsinks in general. Follow us as we take both coolers to the test and see if any suits your tastebuds!

Heatsink manufacturers have traditionally vied for the cooling performance crown and this is no less evident than with the current top dogs – Thermalright’s TRUE 120 and Scythe’s Infinity (Mugen). Most users would readily agree that keeping the chip cool is of paramount importance but it would appear that a small group of users have been left out in this cooling race. The first group comprises of those who can hear a the proverbial pin-drop and so keeping the noise down in their systems is as important, if not more so, as cooling their processors. Some of them would even go as far as to downclock their processors just to be able to run their fans slower. The second group belongs to those who only feel comfortable basking in the warm glow emitted through the side-panel window of their casings.

The unusual suspects caught in our round-up.

Starting with the Zipang and Shuriken, Scythe appears to have heard the former group (however silent they may be) and their latest cooling contraption is no exception to the low/ no-noise heatsink rule. The Scythe Orochi tips the scales at the other end from the diminutive Shuriken coming in at 1.15KG sans fan. Occupying the size of 6 drink cans, one could be forgiven for thinking that it’s a block of metal sitting atop the CPU when looking at it from certain angles. With such large fins and packing in 10 heatpipes, the Orochi is paired up with an incredibly sluggish 500RPM (and similarly silent) fan measuring 140mm. This, according to the manual, is an optional component when it comes to cooling most CPUs so long as you maintain good ventilation in your computer.

Designed to fade into the background and not be heard, the Orochi is understandably photo-shy.

For those who must have some form of lighting coming from every fan in their computer, the superior cooling performance of the top-dogs is no excuse for their dull-look. The new kid on the block from ThermalTake may just do the trick for this group of users. Banking on the design that made them famous during the Socket-A days, ThermalTake has taken the ORB to a whole new level. Their latest cooler, the DUORB features not one but TWO orbs suspended above the base via 6 heatpipes. Of course, the bling factor has similarly been increased from their previously offerings. If you’ve seen the BlueOrb and RubyOrb heatsinks, you’ll note the the respective Blue and Red LED fans on them. With two orbs (and fans) on the DUORB, ThermalTake has taken the opportunity to place both colours on one heatsink. If you subscribe to the "One LED good, two LEDs better" ideology, this cooler might just be the what you have been looking for.

Made to wow, Thermaltake’s DUORB poses confidently for the picture.

If you’ve not found your calling in the cooling world, a quick tour of the heatsinks in this round-up might just help you make up your mind. If you belong to any of the groups above, then you’re in the right place.

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