As I said in the beginning of this review, it is really, really hard to get excited about a cooler I have seen so many times already and the performance levels and sound levels in my testing weren't helping this one bit.
As much as I try to look for the positives of this cooler, I just can't seem to find them. The one thing I can say is that if I had never seen this cooler before, it does look good with the dimpled fins, the nickel plating and overall sleek look with the BlackStar fans. But seriously, is that one trick pony going to continue to make Spire the money they claim that the predecessors brought them?
I am just going to come right out and say no, it isn't at all - the fact that this is at least a three year old design and 150W TDP is not enough. I mean I guess it is a good thing that they didn't change the hardware to allow for LGA2011, I really don't think this cooler is that capable. When I first saw this cooler design, it was impressive for its day, but I seriously think it is time for Spire to go ahead and relieve this design of its duties or drastically cut the price to a level where I would feel comfortable telling people to buy one and that is in the $30 - 40 range. If you are still interested in this design, let me put it into a different perspective, buy a used TME II and get new fans of your choice, you are still going to end up well below the MSRP of this cooler and likely get the same if not better performance depending on the fans you chose.
It is rare that I really go out on a limb and outright bash a product like this, but to be honest, I see this as more of an insult to the community at large. The cooler has been around forever, so obtaining the body of the cooler is easy and super cheap at this point. Granted they used a pair of different fans and used the braided cables, which just made a mess, when a splitter cable is much more appropriate for this design. They didn't seem to change much of anything and the performance isn't worth the hassle of installing this cooler on your motherboard over what else is currently being offered from others.
Share the wealth Spire and drop the price about in half and I think you may have a product that will continue to make you money. As it sits, for the price it is demanding currently, I just can't recommend this as a smart purchase.
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