Spire Skive Stream II Heat Sink ReviewFormer staff writer - December 28, 2003
Category: CPU Cooling
Price: $19.00 USD
Today I will be testing my second Spire heat sink, the Skive StreamII. The SkiveStream II is a heat sink targeted towards the silent heat sink users and mainstream users. Founded in 1991, Spire is the premier brand for computer thermal solutions. "In order to meet the needs of the global market, we have established the production facilities in China, our head office in the USA and overseas branches in The Netherlands, U.K., Germany, Taiwan, Japan, and Brazil. All are strategically located to better work with the customers we serve."
The Spire SkiveStream II heat sink is an all copper, nickel coated, stamped fin heat sink. It has on top of it, a nice chrome fan grill.
The 70mm ball bearing fan is rated at 25dba, while pushing out 28cfm spinning at only 3,200prm.
The finish on this heat sink is one of the best I have ever seen. It came with a protective plastic tray to prevent any damage to the base; the base was already covered with a nice light layer of white thermal paste. The base has a mirror finish; no lapping was required from the nickel coating process.
Spire’s all copper stamped fins and nickel coating processes are used in the SkiveStream II. Being all copper it doesn’t dissipate the heat as fast as it draws the heat in. The stamped fin process results in micro fins. This way you can fit more fins to the base, making more surface area for the heat to dissipate. The nickel coating is used to fill in any imperfections from the copper block and the stamped fin process, as a bonus it makes for a nice finish.