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FSP Windale 6 CPU Cooler Review

FSP Windale 6 CPU Cooler Review
FSP's Windale 6 CPU cooler surprises us in pretty much all regards of what we look for when testing a processor cooler.
By: Chad Sebring | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 28, 2017 1:20 pm
TweakTown Rating: 98%Manufacturer: FSP

Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing

 

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Not that long ago, we brought you the first chassis to be offered by FSP, and while a huge step for them as a company, it seems they have their eyes on a much larger prize. It has been the trend for some time now, for businesses not to pigeon hole themselves into a particular segment, and depending, on say, power supplies as their only means of staying afloat. It makes a huge amount of sense to open your lineup and add in things you may not be known for yet, but with time, a reputation develops, talk around the industry begins, and hopefully, if everything pans out, as a company, you have a wider audience of customers. Allowing said company to prosper, possibly leading to better products in the future as R&D funds become available.

 

 

FSP is doing just that and is also expanding their offerings into CPU cooling. Currently, there are only two products, both of which are designed with three things, affordability, performance, and low noise while operating; all things we can appreciate. While there is a base model of these coolers, we have been sent the version which offers more of just about everything. Both coolers are HDT designs, both use a similar fan, and both coolers use the same hardware, but that is where the line is drawn. With what you are about to see, not only do we get everything promised in this design, but we get something aesthetically pleasing, a cooler that clears everything, and a solution to CPU cooling that you will want to pay attention to.

 

Today we bring forth the Windale 6 from FSP, the better-developed brother of the Windale 4. While the Windale 4 has bare aluminum fins and exposed copper heat pipes, of which there are four, think of the Windale 6, as the Windale 4, in a tuxedo, with an additional pair of heat pipes to take on even heavier heat loads. What you are about to see with the Windale 6 is not only a cooler that looks the part, it is more than ready to take on what today's processors can dish out, and do it with little more than a whir heard from the chassis. This may be the first attempt to satisfy the cooling needs of FSP customers, but with what you are about to find in this review, it looks like they are seasoned professionals, as the Windale 6 is an impressive solution as a maiden voyage into CPU air coolers.

 

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The Windale 6 is also known as the AC601, and the top of the chart shows it to have a 0.09 degree Celsius per Watt of thermal resistance, which is a measure not many other companies even address. With the fan in place, the cooler stands 165mm tall, it is 122mm in width, the thickness is 110mm, and all told, the Windale 6 weighs in at 823 grams. The fins, all fifty-four of them, are made of an aluminum allow and come covered in a black coating. There are six copper heat pipes, which also get the black coating, and they are six millimeters in diameter.

 

The included fan that ships with the Windale 6 is the FSP CF12P12 120mm fan, which speed ranges from 600 to 1600 RPM. The fan spins on a sleeve bearing, it can produce 60 CFM of airflow and delivers only 32 dBA of noise to the room. This black fan with nine gray blades resembles a few well-known fans out there, but along with being a 4-pin PWM powered fan, it is also lit with four blue LEDs around the frame.

 

Above and beyond any performance this cooler may have, the price of it will either drive the masses towards it or have them laughing, knowing they might find a better bang for the buck elsewhere. The fact is that the latter is true with the Windale 6. Looking around, we see that Newegg and Amazon are running the same deal, on this cooler. Right now, we see that the Windale 6 is listed at just $44.99, with free shipping. It is rare that we see larger single tower coolers for less than $50, and it always seems that they tend to do fairly well too. This holds true for FPS and the Windale 6, as by the time we finish this review, you will be hard pressed to find fault with this cooler, or any reason to pass it by when it comes to purchasing your next CPU air cooler.

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