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Reviewed by: Trevor Flynn [07.14.04]
Manufactured by: Spire

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Copper Goodness

The cooler itself consists of a round copper core (nicely machined on the underside), with exactly 160 slightly curved fins connected 360 degrees around it's outside to dissipate heat

As you can see on the left side of the above picture, the fins themselves are very thin and as such can quite easily be accidentally bent.

So that's basically it, the concept is pretty simply. So lets get right to and see how Spire's David fares against its Goliath competitors.


For comparison purposes we've pitted the Spire Coolwave up against another Prescott capable cooler in Gigabyte's 3D Cooler GT as well as the stock Intel 3.2E cooler. 

All tests were run using an Abit IS7 motherboard and an Intel 3.2E Prescott CPU. All heatsinks were installed using the respective manufacturer's thermal compound that came with each cooler sample. CPU Temperature readings were taken using the processor's built in thermal diodes and read using Motherboard Monitor. Ambient temperatures throughout testing were a constant 22-degree Celsius.

Both the Spire Coolwave and the Gigabyte Ultra GT were tested at both their respective high and low fan speeds. To achieve full CPU load both Prime95 and the Find-A-Drug DC program were run at the same time, both set to high priority.

The Results

As an aftermarket cooler basically matches the stock Intel heatsink while running at its highest fan speed. In terms of performance though the Coolwave comes nowhere close to its much larger Gigabyte competitor, keeping in mind however that neither does the Coolwave's price. 

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