Thermaltake Orchestra

Thermaltake Orchestra

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Introduction

Water cooling definitely has its advantages over air or phase-change cooling. Even though phase-change can bring the temperature of the cooled object way beyond zero; it is very loud compared to water or air cooling.

There have been several commercial attempts (and thousands home-brew) at making completely passive water cooling. Undoubtedly, the first product that comes to mind when anyone mentions fanless watercooling is the Zalman Reserator. It was the first product of its kind, but had several downfalls. These were slowly fixed in the next revisions.

Based on a similar concept to the Reserator, Thermaltake has produced its own kit for 0dB-cooling freaks. Read on to find out what we think!

Packaging and Contents


When I received the box, I was amazed. The box is nothing short of humongous and has nice Thermaltake graphics over it. I'm glad to see that Thermaltake has used the front side of the package meaningfully, showing you what you actually get (well, the radiator/reservoir at least). I just couldn’t wait to take everything out and start testing! The packaging is great, Styrofoam blocks are the best way to protect just about anything in my opinion.


Here is everything that you receive, and as you can see, you get a lot for your money!
The list includes:
  • Orchestra radiator/reservoir
  • Pump
  • CPU Block
  • Flow meter
  • Mounting kit (which includes thermal paste)
  • Four bottles of coolant
  • Tubing and clamps
  • Manual

Compatibility

There is a brief compatibility list on the side of the Orchestra box, which states that the CPU block can be mounted on all modern platforms (Intel LGA775, Socket 478, AMD AM2 and K8). I do not see any way that the retention mechanism could prevent you from utilizing the block on any motherboard.
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