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Spire Skive Stream II Heat Sink Review

Former staff writer    -   December 28, 2003


Installation

Installation went very smooth. I like the tool free 3 lug clipping mechanism. That is a must in my book for a heat sinks clipping design. A must have clip for anyone that moves there computer lot.

Testing
Today the Spire SkiverStream II will be up against anothher Spire Cooler, the WhisperRockIV. It will also be up against the Cooler Master Aero7+ heat sink.

From left to right, we the Aero7+, SkiveStreamII, and the WhisperRockIV



Testing Method
Temperatures for the tests were taken via a CompU Nurse thermal probe located next to the CPU die. Artic Silver 5 (thermal compound) was applied to the cpu and each heat sink according to the directions located on Arctic Silver's web site. The compound was given 72 hours of use before the testing was done on any of the heat sinks. To achieve the "idle temperature" reading, the computer was allowed to set idle for 15 minutes then the reading was taken. To achieve the "load temperature" Prime95 was run for 15 minutes and then the reading was taken. The overclocked temperature readings were done in the same manner, except the multiplier was increased from 11 to 12.5 giving an overclock of 253 MHz. The three heat sinks tested, the Aero7+ fan was run at 50% 2200rpm since it was the only one of the bunch that has a fan control, and to keep the noise level around the same for all the heat sinks.

Testing Setup
  • AMD Athlon XP 2500+ 11x166 / overclocked to 2800+ 12.5x166
  • ASUS A7N8X-DLX Rev 2.0 (nforce2 ultra chipset)
  • 1x512 Hyperx pc3500 cas2 2-2-11
  • Chieftec Dragon case, 5 80x80x25mm Antec fans 7volt mod
  • Artic Silver 5 thermal compound
  • Running windows XP pro service pack 1

    Testing Results
    We see here that the SkiveStreamII is 900 rpm’s faster, lets see what this adds to its noise level.


  • Well we can see the extra 900 rpm’s of the SkiveStreamII 70mm fan has added no extra sound, but being a 70mm fan it has slight pitch over the WhisperRockIV’s 80mm fan.



    We see here all the coolers are very close in temps. The Aero7+ just barely tops out SkiveStreamII by 1.2 degrees.



    The all copper block, coupled with the micro fins and nickel coating, really pays off in the CPU load department. Surpassing the WhisperRockIV by 3 degrees, but not quiet as good as the Aero7+ being 5.2 degrees.




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    2. Installation & Testing
    3. Testing Contenued & Conclusion
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