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Spire VertiCool II SP601B3 AMD Athlon64 Heatsink Review
Spire VertiCool II SP601B3 AMD Athlon64 Heatsink Review
Abstract: Gimicks and flashy chrome plated parts are absent on the Spire VertiCool II SP601B3 save for a UV reactive "Spider-Fan" frame.

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Spire   Cooling / Heatsinks   Apr 24, 2006   Max Page  

The Spire VertiCool II SP601B3 heatsink is reminiscent of the Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro, both are compact AMD Athlon64 coolers with heatpipes and a low noise signature. Spire's VertiCool II is not quite as finely crafted as the Arctic Cooling model, but it covers all the important bases.

Spire are a European company which leverage Asian manufacturing to deliver affordable heatsinks for mainstream cooling demands. The VertiCool II retails for in the neighbourhood of $34USD ($38CDN) and accomodates the full spectrum of AMD Athlon 64 and Intel Pentium dual and single-core processors. The heatsink ships with mounting hardware for both processor platforms, but the AMD hardware is a little convoluted to install. Twin copper heatpipes are the heart of this heatsink, and as you'll see in a moment it is capable of some surprisingly good thermal levels care of a fairly quiet 2300RPM vane axial fan.

Gimicks and flashy chrome plated parts are absent on the Spire VertiCool II SP601B3 save for a UV reactive "Spider-Fan" frame. The 80mm fan is not self-illuminated by LED's or any other means, but according to the manufacturer it will glow blue under UV case lighting should you have such accoutrements in your PC case.

A small tube of Stars-420 white silicon thermal compound is included, along with screw-based AMD K8 and Intel LGA775 mounting brackets and rar PCB supports. There are no fan speed control options.

Spire VertiCool II SP601B3 Heatsink
heatsink specsheet
manufacturer: spire
model no.: sp601b3 verticool ii
materials: copper base and heatpipes, aluminum fins and fan shroud
fan mfg: fanner tech co. fd08025b1lc
fan spec: 2300rpm, 12v, 0.15a
fan dim: 25x80x80mm
heatsink & fan dim: 101x93x95mm
weight: est. 350 grams
includes: star-420 silcon thermal compound, socket hardware, pcb support plates

Compatible with Sockets: 754/939/940 (not AM2) and LGA 775
Est. Pricing: $34USD ($38CDN)

The Spire VertiCool II heatsink arrived out of the box with its Intel LGA775 mounting hardware, so before we began testing the switch was made to the socket 939 socket hardware.

To do this, the Intel hardware was unscrewed from the copper block and the K8 clips slid in place and firmly screwed in. A steel cap on top of the copper is what actually keeps the clips in place when the heatsink is installed on the CPU, and the system seems pretty solid.

The catch is that the frame of the 80mm fan completely blocks one of the AMD K8 mounting screws. To get around this you'll first need to remove the fan, then install the Spire Verticool II onto the CPU, and then put the fan back on.

Depending on the orientation of the AMD processor socket on your motherboard this may become problematic...

FrostyTech's K8 Test Methodology is outlined in detail here if you care to know what equipment is used, and the parameters under which the tests are conducted. Now let's move forward and take a closer look at the Spire Verticool II SP601B3 heatsink, its acoustic characteristics, and of course it performance in the thermal tests!

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Table of Contents:

 1: — Spire VertiCool II SP601B3 AMD Athlon64 Heatsink Review
 2:  360° View - Spire SP601B3 Verticool II heatsink
 3:  Surface Roughness and Acoustic Comparisons
 4:  Final Heatsink Temperature Comparisons

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