Occasionally I get a deluge of releases over a number of days all from one company and it makes think, “I write that up tomorrow”. We’ll you know what they say about tomorrow…
Consequently, I’ve buckled down, given myself a necessary slap round the mush and here we are. Silent cooling expert Thermaltake is manufacturer in question and personally I don’t know why I delayed in the first place, since this collection of kit is really rather funky.
Kicking us off the Golden Orb II. Those of you with decent memories may remember the first Golden Orb was pretty much the launch pad for Thermaltake’s success. At the time (2000) it was the world’s first turbine cooler and it sold more than two million units. It’s Intel and AMD compatible successor is a solid copper monster with a bright blue LED that conducts heat away from the processor on contact then disperses it around the case via a huge 12cm fan.
Thermaltake claims the result is an incredibly noise low rating of just 17dBA and it produces a maximum air flow of 35.43 CFM. The company says you can stick any processor you like under the Golden Orb II (including Intel's notoriously hot Extreme Editions) without any problems. You’ll need some muscle to hold it still when installing it though, it weighs 752g!
Another take on passive processor chilling is the rather descriptively named “Tribe CPU Liquid Cooling System”. This chunky fella comprises of a 4-in-1 CPU Water block, 12cm radiator 12cm blue UV LED Fan and 12V DC Water Pump as well as the refill water tank. A copper base dissipates heat while the cycled water keeps it cool and the fan disperses the hot air from the back of the case.
The Tribe can push water through at an impressive 90 litres per hour and works without the need for an additional power source other than the standard three pin fan power connector of the power supply. Thermaltake says the system is virtual silent (sub 16dBA) and is compatible with Intel LGA 775/478 and AMD K8/7 processors.
Moving along, we have the intriguing AquaBay series. The M1, M2 and M3 are all designed to fit into a 5.25in drive bay and each performs an entirely different function. The M1 (above) is simplicity itself. It is a liquid level and flow indicator, which – as you might expect – is designed to be hooked up to your existing water cooling system and will provide constant information about these two factors via its transparent window.