Date: February 24th, 2010
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Spire
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SPIRE THERMAX II COOLER INTRODUCTION
Spire is not a new player in the cpu cooler market and has been pumping out relatively decent coolers for quite a while. If you check out our cpu cooler page HERE or use the site search, you will see that we have reviewed four Spire coolers in the past and they all have been decent performs at the given time of the review.
Today I will be reviewing the Spire Thermax II which has been on the market for a while and is constructed much like the other tower coolers seen from many other manufacturers. With four large copper heatpipes and a large aluminum fin array, this cooler has the foundation to be a good performer.
Let's see if it performs as well as the other tower coolers I have tested in the past.
SMALL HEATPIPE TECHNOLOGY TUTORIAL
I am going to keep this as simple as possible to get the basic premise across to all of the Tweaknews readers. Please don't be insulted if this is too simple for your education level. I have to cater my writing to the least technical reader looking for information.
The basic idea behind heatpipe technology if really simple.
1.) With a tube containing a compressed fluid/gas, the fluid comes in contact with the heat source (aka cpu core) which heats up the volatile fluid and turn it to a gas. The energy is absorbed in the gas production process and is ready for transportation.
2.) The heated gas now travels along the inner portion of the tube where it comes to the cooling portion of the heatsink in this case example.
3.) The radiator, with or without a fan, will cool the liquid and transfer the energy (AKA heat) to the radiator to be dispersed to the surrounding air. With the heat removed, the vapor quickly condenses back to a fluid and runs along the inside surface of the pipe back down to the bottom where the process can be started all over again.
For another example, you can consider a boiling pot of water with a glass lid as a very very basic heatpipe. When the water boils, the water vapor comes in contact with the cooler glass pot lid which forces the vapor to condense back to water where is dribbles back down the inside of the lid back into the pot.
It's basic, but it gets the point across.
SPIRE CORPORATE PROFILE
Founded in 1991, Spire is the premier brand for computer thermal solutions. In order to meet the needs of the global market, we have established the production facilities in China, our corporate office in the USA and overseas branches in The Netherlands, U.K., Germany, France, Taiwan, Japan and Brazil. All are strategically located to better work with the customers we serve. Our focus is to build on the current success of the Spire brand so that our brand is recognized world wide as a provider of top quality cooling solutions. We will continue to work to maintain the satisfaction of our customers and share the knowledge of our experts to provide our customer's with 'The perfect cooling solution'.