Date: January 23rd, 2007
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Spire
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES
The Fourier IV is a rather large heatsink, but not nearly as tall as some on the market. Measuring 5” L X 4.2” W X 3.9” H, it has a significant wingspan but should be short enough to fit in an enclosure with limited space. The included fan speed controller can be used to adjust fan speed from 2000 to 3500 RPM for quiet operation or maximum performance. The posted noise level numbers promise fairly quiet operation even at maximum speed. We'll see. The review sample we have here in the lab offers mounting solutions for Intel 775 and AMD K8 sockets, but no support for AM2. For those of you running older Intel 478 mobos, the Fourier IV will fit these boards as well. No lightweight, this review sample weighs in at a hefty 840 grams (1.9 pounds.) While this is well above ATX specification, manufacturers have been exceeding this for some time with no ill effects, so we'll let it slide.
A plastic clamshell retail box holds the cooler and everything you'll need to mount the Fourier IV onto one of the supported motherboards. We'll go over the individual components in detail later. The multi-lingual (English/Portuguese) manual is printed on glossy stock and covers several Spire coolers. Lacking some detail, it is nevertheless good enough for most experienced enthusiasts to get the cooler installed. Let's take a closer look at this unusual cooler and its accessories.