Spire TherMax Pro CPU Cooler ReviewSat, Dec 12, 2009 - 12:00 AM
A Closer Look
Look at this cooler; go ahead take a good look at it. Awesome, isn’t it? I think so. But heck what do I know? Who do I think I am? Some kind of judge type person of computer products? Pffffffffff silly me.
The Spire TherMax Pro is a direct touch heat pipe cooler. In other words, instead of the heat pipes running through the block to transfer heat, they are actually part of the block and touch the processor.
As you can see from the pictures this is not a small cooler; this guy takes up a lot of room. However, with that loss of real estate comes a great benefit; this thing really does a great job of cooling the system. Weighing in at a hefty 104×60×125 mm (l × w × h) this bad boy shows up, kicks butt, and takes names. I do have to give one word of warning though, even though this looks like a rough and tumble type of cooler the aluminum fins are actually quite fragile and caution needs to be taken when installing the fan or you may end up with bent fins as I did.
Speaking of the fan, check this out. It comes with a blue UV reactive fan. Yeah you heard me right: it glows. I know, I got just as excited.
Mounting the cooler is a breeze if you happen to be the owner of an AMD processor as the cooler comes pre installed with the AMD mount ready to go. If you have an Intel processor you will need to install the proper brackets and mounts before you can get down to the cooling goodness. I took mine out of the box and had it installed and running in less than fifteen minutes. I know, I am like Superman. Pay attention kids, this is what happens when you eat your spinach.