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Spire TherMax Pro CPU Cooler

Product: Spire TherMax Pro CPU Cooler
Date: October 8, 2009
Author: Frank Stroupe
Edited By: Jack Wager
Provided By: Spire
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5
Discussion: Discuss in Forums

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A Closer Look

The TherMax Pro is a fairly typical-looking 90mm heatpipe cooler. The radiator consists of 45 stamped brushed aluminum fins, crimped onto the U-shaped heatpipes. The fins are quite thin and easily bent, as you can see in the photo.

Rather than protruding from the top of the cooler, the heatpipe ends are covered by the top fin, which has the Spire logo stamped into it.

Spire TherMax Pro CPU Cooler
Spire TherMax Pro CPU Cooler

The Spire 90mm fan is UV reactive. It is held in place by wire retainers. There are anti-vibration bushings mounted on the fan to help prevent noise.

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The TherMax Pro has three 8mm U-shaped heatpipes. They are buffed to a high shine. If I'm not mistaken, this is the first 90-92mm cooler with 8mm heatpipes. They cover a large area of the base.

The heatpipes directly touch the CPU heatspreader. Spire calls their version of this technology "Direct-Touch Heatpipe" (DTHP). The technology allows for using an aluminum base to cut cost and weight, but still have the superior heat transfer properties of copper.

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The base has been lapped to a high shine. This is by far the shiniest exposed heatpipe base I've seen. Actually, most of them weren't lapped at all.

Hardware is included for LGA 775, LGA 1366, LGA 1156, and AM3/AM2. Spire also thoughtfully included a fan controller for manual control of the TherMax Pro's fan speed if you so desire.

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