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Spire VertiCool II and DiamondCool II

Spire VertiCool II and DiamondCool II Article Author : Silverstrand
Date : 06-26-2006
 

Features and Specifications of the VertiCool II


Features:
* Supports all new Intel & AMD micro-processors
* All new UV-reactant 80mm Spider-Fan design
* Amazingly silent at just 19.0 dBA
* 2 Thermally improved heat-pipes
* All copper base
* 45 stamped Aluminum Micro-Fin's
* Dual-Core ready for both Intel & AMD!

Specifications:
Socket 754 / 940 / 775 / 939 Cooling kit
Dimensions:
Heat sink : 95x65x100 mm (l x w x h)
12VDC Fan : 80x80x25 mm (l x w x h)
Bearing:
Ball bearing
Rated speed:
2300 RPM +/-10%
Rated power:
1.56 W
Noise level:
19.0 dBA
Air flow:
25.78 CFM at 2,300 RPM
Current:
0.13 A
Life hours:
Ball: 50.000
Features:
Blue transparent spider fan, 2 heat-pipes, Aluminum Micro-Fin, Copper base
Connector:
3 pin, mainboard
Application
Intel :
Celeron D ~ 2.93 GHz (340J)
Pentium 4 ~ 3.73 GHz (775 Prescott)
Pentium D ~ 3.4 GHz (775 Dual-Core)
Pentium EE ~ 3.73 GHz (775 Dual-Core)
AMD :
Athlon 64 ~ 4800+ (K8)
Athlon 64 FX-51 (K8)
Athlon 64 FX-53 (K8)
Athlon 64 FX-55 (K8)
Athlon 64 FX-60 (K8)
Opteron ~ 2.6 (K8)
Sempron ~ 3300+ (K8)
Thermal resistance:
0.21 (AMD) & 0.23 (INTEL) ¢XC/W
Thermal type:
Stars-420 white grease (Injection tube)

*All Spire CPU cooling products come with thermal compound either pre-applied onto the cooler or in an injection tube. The compound will begin to function at its optimum potential, after a gradual increase in heat-dissipation, approximately 168 hours (7days) after initial application.


Packaging and Contents


The package for the Verticool II is a blue/white themed box with pictures and specificaions. Inside the box you'll find the Intel retention mechanism pre-installed complete with a black plastic X-bracket that serves as the backing plate for this application. Next to that are the AMD socket 754/939/940 brackets. Both retention designs feature captive screws and springs. Also included is a steel backplate with an adhesive pad applied and a syringe of thermal paste. A quite complete package that will serve a lot of buyers who are looking for a high quality cooling solution. Also, there is an installation manual.

A Closer Look


When you pull the Verticool II out from the box, the first thing likely to be noticed is the weight. But the second thing to be noticed is how big and shiny the heatsink is.

The Verticool II is compatible with many different processors, mainly AMD's K8 (sockets 754, 939, 940) and Intel's LGA 775, as well as 478. These include the Pentium Ds, Celeron Ds, the FX-57, Athlon 64 4800+, and a few other models.

Looking at the front of the VertiCool II, we see the 80mm UV reactive spider fan, rated to run at 2300RPM at a low noise level of 19dBA, delivering 25.78CFM of air flow. Behind the fan are the two heatpipes. At the bottom are the socket 775 mounting brackets, which come installed by default.


The bottom of the Verticool II is protected by a sticker so that the copper does not get scratched en route or prior to installation. Once the sticker is removed, the very smooth copper base is visible. Yet, it is not perfectly flat. There is some slight waviness, most likely due to the polishing operation, but nothing that a little thermal compound can't deal with.

Installation

I noticed that one of the screws sits tight against the fan guard. This makes installation a bit harder, as you will either have to remove the fan, remove your motherboard, install the heatsink, reattach the fan, and reinstall the motherboard, or attempt to use screwy angles, and awkward tension, to get this cooler installed. This design flaw could be mended by simply rotating the fan guard by half an inch.

Acoustics

I have no way to measure the actual sound output of this cooler. I can, however, tell you that it is indeed a fairly quiet cpu cooler. With the case side panel on, this cooler is inaudible from four feet or further away, and produces only a slight "whoosh" noise if closer. No high pitched whines, merely the sound of air moving.


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