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Written by Olin Coles   
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
Best CPU Cooler Performance LGA1366 - Q1 2009
Thermally Conductive Element Reference
Arctic Cooling Freezer Xtreme
Cooler Master V10 RR-B2P-UV10-GP
CoolIT Domino ALC
Prolimatech Megalems
Spire TherMax II SP679S1-PCI
Thermolab BARAM
Xigmatek Dark Knight S1283V
Xigmatek Thor's Hammer S126384
Zalman CNPS9900 LED
TIM Application and Surface
Testing Methodology
Test Results: Stock Cooling Fan
Test Results: High-Output Fan
Overclocked Test Results
CPU Cooler Final Thoughts
Best CPU Cooler Conclusion

Spire TherMax II

Spire doesn't have a big brand-name presence in North America, at least not to the extent that SunbeamTech or SilenX enjoy. Regardless, the design of their TherMax II will be stikingly familiar to enthusiasts and overclockers who follow the products closely. Identical in core design to the Sunbeam Core Contact Freezer CR-CCTF and SilenX IXC-120HA2, the TherMax II (SP679S1-PCI) is practically the same product with a different fan. Like the Core Contact Freezer it closely imitates, the TherMax II is restricted to allow only one cooling fan to be attached onto the finsink assembly (the IXC-120HA2 nicely fits two).


Aside from its shared lineage, the TherMax II offers the effective Heat-pipe Direct Touch design, with four exposed copper 8mm heat-pipes rods in a "U" configuration ready to wick away the heat into 55 Aluminum fins. Looking up close at the TherMax II, there are no exposed heat-pipe ends at the top of the heatsink. This allows the SP679S1-PCI to fit inside some of the more slim mid-tower cases without rubbing the edges and possibly allowing the gas/liquid to escape from an opened rod. A well-designed high-pressure clip mounting system is used to secure the TherMax II onto the CPU without removing the motherboard.

Benchmark Reviews has tested the Spire TherMax II SP679S1-PCI with both the included cooling fan and a single Yate Loon D12SH-12 (88 CFM @ 40 dbA) for comparison.


The universally compatible TherMax II is the big brother of the original TherMax cooler innovation by Spire. Designed with four 8mm copper U shaped heat-pipes enclosed by fifty-five aluminum stacked Micro-fins. The heat-sink base is equipped with the latest Direct-Touch heat-pipe technology providing the optimal cooling configuration. The TherMax II fits nearly every processor available on the market today. Its cooling capacity ranges all the way from low end Micro-processors, up to today's hottest 150W dual-core processors. This cooler has it all! Equipped with Spire's signature UV-reactant BlueStar fan, this towering cooler is built to last!

TherMax II Features:

  • Four 8mm all copper u shaped heat-pipes
  • All new Direct-Touch heat-pipe technology
  • UV-reactant 120mm BlueStar fan design
  • Amazingly silent at just 29.0 dBA
  • 55 stamped Aluminum Micro-Fin's
  • Supports the latest Intel & AMD micro-processors

SP679S1-PCI Specifications

  • Heat sink Dimensions: 125×77×155 mm (l × w × h)
  • 12VDC Fan Dimensions: 120×120×25 mm
  • Bearing: Sleeve bearing
  • Rated speed: 2200 RPM +/-10%
  • Rated power: 4.2 W
  • Noise level: 34 dBA
  • Air flow: 93.3CFM at 2,200 RPM
  • Current: 0.35 A
  • Connector: 2510/3p
  • Application:
    • Intel : Core 2 Duo ~ 3 GHz (775 Dual-core)
    • Intel : Core 2 Extreme ~ 3.2 GHz (775 Dual-core)
    • Core 2 Quad ~ 2.66 GHz (775 Quad-core)
    • Core i7 ~ 3.2 GHz 1366
    • LGA775 ~ 3.73 GHz (Prescott)
    • Pentium D ~ 3.4 GHz (775 Dual-Core)
    • Pentium EE ~ 3.73 GHz (775 Dual-Core)
    • AMD : Athlon 64 X2 ~ 9500 GHz (AM2)
    • Athlon X2 ~ 9500 GHz (AM2)
    • Phenom X4 ~ 9600 GHz (AM2/AM3)
  • Thermal resistance: 0.14 °C/W
  • Thermal paste type: Stars-420 white grease (Injection Tube,0.5g)


About Spire Corporation

Spire - Powered by Innovation: Founded in 1991, Spire is a leading premier brand for computer thermal solutions, power supplies and enclosures. In order to meet the requirements and demands of the global market, we have established our production facilities and corporate office in ShenZhen, China. Our overseas branches are located in USA, The Netherlands, U.K, Germany, France, Taiwan, Japan and Brazil. All locations are strategically located to better work with the customers we serve.

At Spire we continually strive for success and quality products. To improve and develop a wide range of computer products, we have invested heavily in our quality manufacturing process and Research & Development. Our objective is to provide top quality products for national distributors as well as for ODM and OEM clients. Our focus is to build on the current success of the Spire brand so that our brand is recognized world wide as a provider of top quality computing solutions. We will continue to work to maintain the satisfaction of our customers and share the knowledge of our experts - Spire 'Powered by Innovation'.



# Fans die quickKameal Celestee 2012-04-04 06:48
Had one of these and whilst they work well the fans didn't last more than a year, first one went down and then the other a few weeks later.
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