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Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Spire Verticool II

1. Introduction

The need for top CPU Cooling solutions has become more and more necessary since the latest CPU technology with blinding speeds has become more prevalent. Both major CPU manufacturers, AMD and Intel, compete in the MHz race, in order to achieve first place in the market. This has created the need for better CPU cooling solutions, which come in many different forms and shapes from a variety of manufacturers. One of these is Spire, a well known brand name and a manufacturer of cooling solutions for CPUs, PC cases, graphics cards, hard drives and other products. After several reviews on CPU coolers from Spire, we will be reviewing yet another, the VertiCool II, which supports the K8 and 775 sockets for AMD and Intel respectively.

The VertiCool II with the UV fan...
The copper base and the heatpipes...

The universally compatible VertiCool II, is the newest innovation from Spire. The VertiCool II is made of an all copper heatsink with dual copper heatpipes leading up to forty five aluminum micro-fins, providing the optimal cooling configuration.

The VertiCool II fits nearly every processor available on the market today. Its cooling capacity ranges from low end processors, like Intel's Celeron D & AMD's Sempron, all the way up to today's hottest high speed dual-core processors, like the Intel Pentium EE & AMD Athlon64 FX. This cooler has it all! Equipped with Spire's signature ball bearing UV-reactant spider fan, this towering cooler is built to last.

Main Features:

  • Supports all new Intel & AMD micro-processors
  • All new UV-reactant 90mm 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

Having said that, lets take a look at the fan itself. A UV reactive patented 90mm Diamond-Fan design sits on the top of the heatsink, spinning at 2700 RPM and producing an airflow of 34.46 CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute) at a noise level of 22.0 dBA. The UV reactive fan gives quite an impressive appearance to the case, provided a UV bar is installed.

Here are the detailed specifications as provided by Spire :

Socket 754 / 940 / 775 / 939 Cooling kit
Dimensions Heat sink : 95×65×100 mm (l × w × h)
12VDC Fan : 90×90×25 mm
Bearing Ball bearing
Rated speed 2000 RPM +/-10%
Rated power 2.4 W
Noise level 19.0 dBA
Air flow 36.80 CFM
Current 0.2 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 0.23 °C/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.

- The Package

The package we received from the Spire Promotion Team includes the VertiCool II cooling system, a tube of thermal compound, the mounting brackets for AMD K8 socket and Intel 775 socket and an installation guide. By default, the VertiCool II comes with the brackets pre-installed for the Intel 775 socket.

Now that we have covered the basics of the CPU cooler, lets move on to the test PC and the installation.

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