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Spire TherMax Pro CPU Cooler

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 18, 2009 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 83%Manufacturer: Spire

The Spire TherMax Pro


Spire TherMax Pro


You can see this cooler follows the general rules for a tower cooler. The three heat pipes take the heat up to the stamped fins. Something to note is the way this cooler clamps on, more on this later.


Spire TherMax Pro


The top of the TherMax Pro is capped with a Spire logo stamped top fin. This top fin also covers where the heat pipes would protrude, unlike that of a typical tower type of cooler where they are exposed. Spire has decided against the usual design here and I have to say it is a nice touch. Each of these 45 fins is also grooved at the right and left to accept the fan clamps.


Spire TherMax Pro


This is the view the fan has of the cooler once it is installed. Each fin has a tab on the right and left to keep the fan on the cooler, so it won't shift right or left during use. At the bottom is a side view of the retention mechanism.


Spire TherMax Pro


The business end of this Direct Touch cooler is a bit different from my previous coolers I have tested. Spire took the base and the pipes and built it as one piece prior to the milling process. What this did was, it made the entire base surface flat and level, both the copper pipes and the aluminum base. No gaps to fill like with some coolers.


Spire TherMax Pro


Take a closer look at the retention mechanism on this cooler. As it sits it can lock onto AMD brackets, but with a simple addition of an adapter plate, Intel CPU's can benefit as well. This retainer did take the use of two hands to lock onto each side, but the pressure required isn't too much that installation becomes problematic.


Spire TherMax Pro


Here we get a look at the side of the completely assembled cooler. Notice how the tabs I pointed out earlier hold the fans anti-vibration pads into place. A simple clamp system locks the Blue Star fan into place.


Spire TherMax Pro


Here you get a better look at the way the fan is nestled onto the cooler. You can more easily see the rubber anti-vibration pads. Like a lot of other coolers on the market, the TherMax Pro also uses the wire fan retainer clips that many manufacturers do.


Spire TherMax Pro


A front-on view of the assembled TherMax Pro shows that the 90mm, 53.12 CFM fan does cover the fin area pretty well. As you can see, the Blue Star fan is aptly named as the 7 blades are blue and this is the UV-reactive part.


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