Spire Gemini Rev. 2 Reviewairman - December 1, 2011
Category: CPU Cooling
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Though a little less mainstream, Spire has been a part of the cooling community for as long as many of its other competitors. Having branches in countries all over the world, Spire's manufacturing plant and corporate office is located in ShenZhen, China. Not only does Spire manufacture CPU coolers, but it also has products in the categories of cases, power supplies, hard drive enclosures, and other accessories such as speakers, card readers, and other peripherals. Today I will be testing Spire's Gemini Rev. 2. Launching in late August of this year, the Gemini Rev. 2 has received good feedback and has produced good results in comparison to other high performance coolers on the market.
Sporting six 6mm copper heatpipes on a copper base and stacked with 52 dimpled aluminum fins, the Spire Gemini Rev. 2 is packaged with two 120mm 9 blade fans that flow up to 71CFM at ~25dBA. It is compatible with every recent CPU socket, even the fresh socket 2011 by Intel. Being the first Spire heatsink that I have had in my possession I am looking forward to getting the Gemini Rev. 2 on the test bench and loading up the processor and seeing what it can do. In this review, I will be performing an in-depth evaluation of this cooler from unboxing to a full performance evaluation in idle and load scenarios, at both stock and overclocked speeds. Without further ado, let's get started!
The packaging of Spire's Gemini Rev. 2 is nothing too flashy and is a functional design. There is a black plastic handle on the top of the box along with a plastic window on the front of it. It contains the flagship burgundy-red color on the majority of the box. Through the window you can see one of the fans, which is black in color. The left side of the box displays technical specifications of the cooler, which can be found on page 3 of this review. On that page you will also find a list of features as provided by Spire. The back of the box is rather plain compared to other companies' retail boxes, in the sense that there is only a short paragraph that talks about the cooler and the importance of keeping the processor cool. There are also four small pictures beneath that paragraph of different comparable models that Spire has available.
Upon opening the box and unpacking the accessories and mounting hardware, I can say that I was a little intimidated by all of the different pieces! After reading the manual, however, I was able to have any confusions cleared up about its installation. Included in the box aside from the cooler and two fans are: required hardware for AMD and Intel sockets, two pairs of fan clips, a fan speed controller that mounts to a PCI slot, a 2-way splitter to power both fans on one plug, thermal paste, and the user's manual. Everything was neatly packed in small plastic bags and nothing was out of place.
With everything out of the box it's time to get started on a closer look of the cooler itself. I've always liked the look of nickel plating on heatsinks — not only because of the color and sheen but also for its functionality. Stay tuned on the next page and further along for the testing.