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Spire TherMax Eclipse III "TME III" CPU Cooler Review - Specifications, Availability and Pricing

Spire tries to bring life to an old design and delivers the TherMax Eclipse III. Warning, it's not pretty.

| CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 3, 2012 7:16 am
TweakTown Rating: 71%Manufacturer: Spire

Specifications, Availability and Pricing

 

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There is quite the list of specifications to be seen at the Spire site for the TME III. It starts with the list of compatible processors and since the design hasn't changed in three years, neither has the compatible sockets such as FM1 or LGA2011. It then moves into the dimensions of the cooler along with its material makeup of copper and aluminum and the use of five 8mm thick heat pipes. They don't however make much of a mention to the pre-cooler on top of the base of the TME III. In short, this is a compact cooler at only 152mm tall, but when fully assembled it will add 1300 grams of weight to the socket retention.

 

This time around to cool the TME III, Spire sends a pair of 120mm BlackStar seven blade fans to deliver the air across all of the dimpled fins. These fans are rated to 22 dBA for maximum noise levels while delivering up to 74.63 CFM of airflow. These fans are both PWM controlled and get mounted to the cooler with supplied wire fan mounting and no accommodations are made to isolate these fans from the cooler.

 

Sorry if I seem a bit blunt with the specs here, but it is hard to get excited the fourth time you write about the same cooler.

 

Availability at this time in the USA is a bit limited, but I would expect it to be almost everywhere on the other side of the Atlantic. I almost hate to say this, but the one place I was able to locate the TME III was at Amazon and they are asking $69.95, whereas the MSRP was set from Spire at $59.95. So not only are you having to pay top dollar via Amazon to obtain one, you are spending near $70 for a three year old cooler design with new fans added to it?

 

Once again, I am going to be very blunt here, for a cooler body you already have laying around in a warehouse from the previous incarnations, add a new set of fans and charge top dollar? This cooler better be one hell of a performer.

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