Spire TherMax Pro CPU Cooler

ProClockers Summer Giveaway 2018 is Live! Click for more details.

Posted by on Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 4:50am

Spire TherMax ProIt has been some time since we reviewed a CPU cooler from Spire. Their coolers were how we first got to know them.  These days they have power supplies like the BlackMoon we recently reviewed. They are also known for manufacturing casings, hard drive enclosures and even cooling fans. Spire is a company that wants to offer the people of the world a complete array of components. Today, we will be reviewing their newest CPU cooler called the ThermMax Pro. The TherMax Pro is designed to replace that stock CPU cooler and offer better than stock cooling performance, while maintaining a good performance to noise ratio. Like any other product, we will give the TherMax Pro its time on the bench just to see how well it does on an everyday system.

 

 

Introduction to the Spire TherMax Pro

It has been some time since we reviewed a CPU cooler from Spire. Their coolers were how we first got to know them.  These days they have power supplies like the BlackMoon we recently reviewed. They are also known for manufacturing casings, hard drive enclosures and even cooling fans. Spire is a company that wants to offer the people of the world a complete array of components. Today, we will be reviewing their newest CPU cooler called the ThermMax Pro. The TherMax Pro is designed to replace that stock CPU cooler and offer better than stock cooling performance, while maintaining a good performance to noise ratio. Like any other product, we will give the TherMax Pro its time on the bench just to see how well it does on an everyday system.

What Spire has to say about the TherMax Pro

The universally compatible TherMax Pro is the first new Direct-Touch Heat-pipe (DTHP) innovation by Spire. Designed with three 8mm copper U shaped heat-pipes enclosed by forty-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 Pro fits 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!


 

Packaging and contents

The cooler comes in a very large red board box far bigger than the cooler itself. I know accessories are packed inside as well for Spire could have made the box a lot smaller. Taking its place in the center of the packaging is a windowed opening allowing the buyer to take a closer look at the cooler.

Inside the box you get all that you would need to mount the cooler to any socket AM2 or higher and socket 775 and newer motherboards. And yes this does include AM3, 1156 and 1366. For cooling a 90mm fan is included.

Specifications

Dimensions Heat sink :   104×60×125 mm (l × w × h)
Bearing Sleeve bearing
Rated speed 2,700 RPM +/-10%
Rated power 3.36 W
Noise level 25.0 dBA
Air flow 53.12CFM at 2,700 RPM
Current 0.28 A
Life hours Sleeve: 30.000
Features Three 8mm all copper u shaped heat-pipes, All new Direct-Touch heat-pipe technology, UV-reactant 90mm BlueStar fan design, Near silent at low speed setting 25.0dBA, 45 stamped Aluminum Micro-Fins, Supports the latest Intel & AMD micro-processors
Connector 3 Pin, mainboard (Incl.PCI Speed-Controller)
Application
Intel :   Core 2 Extreme ~ 3.2 GHz (775 Dual-core)
  Core 2 Quad ~ 9650 GHz (775 Quad-core)
  Core i5 ~ 3.0 GHz 1156
  Core i7 ~ 3.2 GHz 1366
  LGA775 ~ 3.73 GHz (Prescott)
  Pentium D ~ 3.4 GHz (775 Dual-Core)
  Pentium EE ~ 3.73 GHz (775 Dual-Core)
AMD :   Athlon 64 X2 ~ 9500 GHz (AM2)
  Athlon X2 ~ 9500 GHz (AM2)
  Phenom X4 ~ 9600 GHz (AM2/AM3)
Thermal resistance 0.18 °C/W
Thermal type BlueFrost - SP802 blue grease(Injection Tube,0.5g)

Features

* Three 8mm all copper u shaped heat-pipes
* All new Direct-Touch heat-pipe technology
* UV-reactant 90mm BlueStar fan design
* Amazingly silent at just 25.0 dBA
* PCI-Fan speed controller included
* 45 stamped Aluminum Micro-Fin's
* Supports the latest Intel & AMD micro-processors


 

Closer look at the TherMax Pro

The TherMax Pro is another example of the most used form of air-cooling today, the tower design. The TherMax Pro resembles some of the other units we have reviewed over the past few weeks, but on a smaller scale. The cooler stands a mere five inches tall and weighs in the neighborhood of about 500 grams. Spire does not give any details on the weight of the cooler on their web site.

The cooler is constructed of 45 aluminum fins with the Spire logo on the top one. Something that we would like to thank Spire for doing is covering the ends of the heat pipes using the top fin. It really makes for a neater look. Looking at the fins from various angles, you can see the grooves molded in a way to eliminate the hub of the fan from creating a dead spot. Looking at the cooler from yet another angle, you can see where wire hooks for the fan are secured.

All the fins are supported by three very large in diameter copper heat pipes. The heat pipes measure a whooping 8mm in diameter. This is something we normally see in very expensive and large CPU coolers. Turn the cooler upside down, you will see the cooler uses the HDT which was made famous by Xigmatek. A high point, the TherMax Pro has the smoothest surface I have seen from any cooler using this technology.

For cooling, the Spire comes equipped with a 90mm cooling. The fan is rated at 25 dBA, which is not loud by any means. If for some reason you are sensitive to low noise, a fan controller comes part of the package. The fan gives off a blue glow once powered up. Spire went the extra mile when it came to the fan. They used rubber pins to eliminate metal to plastic vibration between the cooler and fan. Some companies like Noctua do the same thing and you see how successful they are.


 

Testing Hardware:

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X58-UD5
Processor: Intel Core i7 920
Ram: Patriot DDR3 PC12800 6GB Tri-Channel
Video Card: Sapphire HD3870 Toxic
HDD: Seagate 7200.11
Power: Thermaltake Tough Power XT
Case: NA
Cooling: Spire TherMax Pro OS: Windows XP SP3
Thermal compound: Arctic Silver 5

Competition:

Stock Intel Cooler

Testing of the Spire TherMax Pro

Over time, we've found that we have been able to get a better overclock on our i7 920 at a very respectable voltage of 1.4. We used this for the testing the TherMax. During testing, we allow the system to sit idle for one hour and then measured the temperature. Afterward, we then loaded OCCT and ran a 30 minute bench session with priority set at high and recorded the temps at the end. Each core was recorded for more detailed performance stats.

Results

We judged the TherMax Pro prematurely. We thought the cooler was going to be a stock cooler replacement with only slightly better performance. We were wrong and we apologize. The TherMax Pro crushed the Intel stock by a large margin. Enough to put it on par with our coolers like the Coolermaster 212 Plus.


 

Conclusion

The Spire TherMax Pro is not the cooler that will get you to the next level of extreme overclocking, but it is a very good cooler. I recommend it to anyone looking for a good cooler and even for some mild processor boosting. For its size, the TherMax Pro puts some of the larger coolers to shame. We are talking about a cooler that only has a 90mm fan. If this is what Spire has up their sleeves, I see them being a major player in the air cooling game for years to come.

Because of the smaller footprint, you will be able to mount this in smaller cases where the bigger monsters can not go. When faced to the rear of the case, you will not have any problems with it interfering with any of your DIMM slots or any other components on your motherboard.

The TherMax Pro fan is quiet and moves a decent amount of air for its size. In conjunction with the fan controller, you have full control of its speed, which allows you to control the sound level as well. However, the TherMax Pro is pretty quiet even at full speed, if you have the side panel in place. On an open air test bench, we could hear a low whine to it, but nothing major. In an normal operating environment, it shouldn't be a problem.

For those that have yet to upgrade, we are happy to say the TherMax Pro is fully compatible with all the newest sockets from AMD and Intel, including the Intel socket 1156.

The Spire offering will set you back about $35 which puts it just above the price of the Coolermaster TX3 which it is a direct competitor.

{aseadnetadblock|cpu cooler|} 

Category: 

Linode VPS Hosting