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Chrome Orb vs GlobalWin FOP32-1
Page 1 - Battle of the Cheap Socket A Coolers
Author: Dan Podhola (WebMasterP)
Date: October 12, 2000
Category: Cooling
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Chrome Orb vs GlobalWin FOP32-1

Most people are out to get the most bang for their buck. A lot of people overclock to do just that. In overclocking, heat is a very important issue and usually the cooler you get your processor the higher you can clock it. On one hand you want to cool down your chip as much as possible but in the other hand you have to watch how much you spend otherwise you are defeating the purpose of overclocking a cheap chip. This is where the cheap Socket A coolers come into play for your Socket A AMD Athlon (Thunderbird) or Duron.

So, how do the FOP32-1 and the Chrome Orb size up?

Chrome Orb (DU0462)
Dimensions: 69dia x 45 mm tall
Fan Specifications: 5500 RPM, 22 CFM, 29 dBA, Ballbearing
Heat Sink Material: Aluminum 6030
Thermal Resistance: Theta ja=0.81c/w

GlobalWin FOP32-1
Heat Sink Dimensions: 70mm x 61.8mm x41mm
Fan Specifications: 4500 RPM ±15%, 26CFM, 36 dBA, Y.S. Tech
Heat Sink Material: Anodized Aluminum Alloy 6063
Thermal Conductivity: 0.0015K cal/cm/sec/C

Chrome Orb, Installed

FOP32-1, Installed

What did we slap these puppies in? Our new Thunderbird box, of course.

The Blue Beast
AMD Athlon (Thunderbird) 800 @ 1000MHz
128 MB Corsair PC-133 SDRAM
Hercules GeForce2 MX (Memory Overclock to 210 MHz)
2 IBM Deskstars in a RAID 0 Array
Sound Blaster Live! Value
D-Link 530TX
Asus 50x Max CD-ROM Drive
Pioneer 10x DVD-ROM Drive
OS: Windows 2000
All Housed in the offical Xtreme Tek "Blue Beast"

Ok, now we know what we're dealing with and what's producing heat, let's see how these puppies install and then we'll see how they perform.

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