Spire Skive Stream II Heat Sink Review

Admin - 2007-02-22 16:58:21 in CPU Cooling
Category: CPU Cooling
Reviewed by: Admin   
Reviewed on: December 28, 2003
Spire Coolers
Spire Coolers
Price: $19.00 USD
Introduction
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."



In-Depth Look


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. 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.

    Testing Results
    Here we see the whole group staying very close in temps. With only a 1.9 degree difference, between the 3 heat sinks.


    Here we see the SkiveStream II doing very well for the noise level it puts out, beating the WhisperRockIV by 2.5 degrees. The SkiveStream II couldn’t take the Aero7+, but the Aero7+ noise is much higher.


    Conclusion
    For the price of this cooler I was very impressed with it. The finish was one of the best I have ever seen, with the micro fins and nickel coating. The cooling was great for such a silent heat sink. I would recommend this cooler to anyone wanting a great silent cooling solution for stock speeds or light overclocking. It seems to be the better choice over the Whisper Rock IV.

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