Date: February 24th, 2010
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Spire
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATION & FEATURES (From Spire)
The universally compatible TherMax II is the big brother of the original TherMax Pro cooler innovation by Spire. Designed with four 8mm copper U shaped heat-pipes enclosed by seventy-five aluminum stacked Micro-fins. The heat-sink base is equipped with the latest Direct-Touch heat-pipe technology providing the optimal cooling configuration. The TherMax II fits nearly every processor available on the market today. Its cooling capacity ranges all the way from low end Micro-processors, up to today's hottest 130W dual-core processors. This cooler has it all! Equipped with Spire's signature UV-reactant BlueStar fan, this towering cooler is built to last!
* Four 8mm all copper u shaped heat-pipes
* All new Direct-Touch heat-pipe technology
* UV-reactant 120mm BlueStar fan design
* PCI Fan speed control unit included
* Amazingly silent, just 29.0 dBA (low speed)
* 57 stamped Aluminum Micro-Fin's
* Supports the latest Intel & AMD micro-processors
* Cooling capacity up to the extreme hot 130W CPU's
The TherMax II CPU Cooler is compatible with the latest Intel and AMD Micro-processors based on sockets 775/1156/1366 for Intel and AM2/AM3/940/939 for AMD.
MSRP: USD 42.99 / EURO 29.95
Application: LGA1156, LGA1366, LGA775 and AMD 939/AM2 and AM3 based ATX and Micro ATX platforms
Product Includes :
* Multilingual Owners Manual * EZ Installation clip * PCI Fan-speed control unit * BlueFrost Thermal compound
So what do you get for the relatively reasonable US$40 price tag. This is not a whole lot of money for a full tower cooler so it doesn't have to prove itself quite as much as a high dollar heatsink from another manufacturer.
First out is the mounting hardware for most, if not all, recent Intel and AMD models. Also included is Spire's Blue Frost Thermal Grease, the fan speed controller with its needed cables along with a case badge.
A installation manual is included and is easy to read and understand for whatever processor you are installing the cooler on. There is nothing worse than reading the tiny micro-text on some of the pitiful installation guides attached to some products lately. Thankfully, this wasn't a problem with this product.
And last out is the box is the main cooler and the included UV reactive 120mm BlueStar fan. As you see above, the cooler did come out of the package with its cooling fins a little bent from being banged around in the product box. The fins are made of very light aluminum and can easily be bent back into place with a little time and care. The overall impression is that this is quite a light built cooler, but isn't anything close to being classified as flimsy.
I will go into more detail on the next page as I do a walk-through about the product.