The mounting system is one of the most important features of any cooler, in this case, if you’re a fan of the AMD mounting solution, it’s likely you will be a fan of this solution too.
The installation of the mounting rings is fiddly, installing the pins into the ring was easy though, one pair fits each ring and it is clear which pin set is for which ring, the pins easy slide into place and firmly lock the ring down.
This is for me where things started falling down. It is partly the fault of the Asus Maximus V Formula we use in our test system and the large mounting ring, used to install the cooler.
When we tried to install the heatsinks clips over the ring, we found there was no space as the ring was right next to the Mosfet heatsink.
We got around this by installing the clip onto the ring before installing the pins into place, this was fiddly but still better than some other coolers I’ve had to install in the past and should be much easier on any other motherboard that doesn’t have huge Mosfet heatsinks.
The Spire BlueFrost thermal paste in our testing came out last, and what’s worst is it was a full 14C worse than Arctic Silver Céramique which was in second to last place and is not known as a performance thermal paste.
This is likely the answer to the thermal testing results we will see later.
On the upside the paste was easy to install and remove and also replacing this with some decent paste should give a good performance improvement.
The Cooler looks great and the fan looks really pretty too.
The rear of the cooler is the same as the rear and a fan can be mounted on the rear for extra performance.
The base of the cooler is flat and there are no gaps between the heatpipes which means unlike on earlier heatpipe direct touch coolers, you don’t have to apply a ton of thermal paste.
Here we can see how the heatpipes run, the middle pipes run into the middle of the heatsink which is the optimum place as that’s where there is most air flow from the fan.
On both sides the heatsink has this design, the idea is to help pull air flow from the fan blades.
The heatsink is really thin, this is good for compatibility as the fan doesn’t cover any of your RAM slots.