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Weighty Double Decker: Thermaltake Dragon Orb 3

The Dragon Orb3 is appealing in more ways than just visually. It is based on a six-millimeter thick aluminum base plate. It has a core of solid copper, with a diameter of 42 millimeters and a height of 40 mm. Flanged to that is, first, a blue-anodized aluminum cooler ring, followed by the upper aluminum ring that holds the fan. The fins of the upper ring are a bit "wobbly" and are easily deformed.

The Dragon Orb3 with the copper core.

The installation of the Orb3 is a cinch, though the spring pressure seems a bit high to us. The same goes for its weight - 664 grams pressing down on the die. To be on the safe side, you should disassemble the cooler before transporting your computer.

No gripes about the cooling performance.

This cooler even leaves ample leeway for overclocking. However, its operating noise level of 59 dB(A) is borderline excessive.