Date: January 17th, 2006
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
- All Copper High-density Tower Heat Sink
- 4 thermally improved copper heat-pipes
- Ball bearing 90mm fan
- Silent; Manually controlled PCI Fan Control
- Universal Clip for 775 and K8 sockets
- Rubber-Screw Fan vibration absorption; 4 rubber screws to hold and absorb any fan vibration
The VertiCool III is an all-copper, tower HSF with a 92mm fan that supports the Intel 775 and AMD K8 sockets. For those of you running older Intel 478 mobos, the VC III will fit these boards as well. No provision is made for the newer AM2 socket. The VertoCool III is fairly large at 3.66 inches square and 5 inches tall. 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 VertiCool III 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 VertiCool III installed.