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Spire TME III CPU Cooler

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Posted August 1, 2012 by Kenny in Cooling

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Price at time of Review: $65
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Great cooling performance; Good build quality; PWM fans included; Quiet
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Tricky AMD installation; AMD performance satisfactory; No Y-splitter for PWM fans;
 
BOTTOM LINE:
Great overall cooler that allows overclocking and won't break the bank.
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Summary

Now that we have shown you the results of the Spire TME III cooler you can see that it’s a good performing unit. It isn’t the best air cooler on the market today; however, for the price tag of $64.95 USD this is a decent cooling solution. The compatibility of the cooler was a bit weak, but its function and design might make it worth the money in many cases.

One thing we would like to mention is that Spire did a good job using PWM fans over the traditional 3pin; however, most motherboards only provide 1 PWM connector for CPU fan. They provided 2 PWM extensions but no Y-splitter cable. This means that only 1 fan is really controlled by the CPU temps and PWM header from the motherboard. An easy solution is to buy a PWM Y-Splitter cable so that both fans are controlled and throttled by the motherboard.

Temperatures of the cooler are good for the average user and mild overclockers, but if you plan on pushing your chip and ramping up the voltages this may not the right cooler for you. The mounting hardware included with the Spire TME III was easy to use but does comes with its share of difficulty depending on the motherboard you use.

Noise levels of the cooler at idle are silent, but once the PWM fans get throttled up they are audible but still quiet. Overall, Spire has come up with a good thermal cooling solution at a decent price. We give this cooler a good rating.

 

Spire TME III CPU Cooler

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