Friday, June 3rd 2011

Spire Announces the Swirl Universal CPU Cooler

Spire Corp officially introduced its new Swirl CPU cooler today. Utilizing three (3) sintered powder all copper 8mm thick heat pipes and a vertical cylinder design the Swirl is ready to push your CPU to maximum performance. The Swirl is constructed with a combination of an all copper base and all-direction aluminum fins to provide sufficient heat-transfer and good cooling for the hot 130W ~ 150W micro-processors. The Swirl heat-sink and heat-pipes are both soldered and protected with a thin layer of dark-nickel coating to protect from oxidation and to preserve awesome looks. The vertical mounted fan is equipped with 4 bright red LEDs that give a cool glow inside your enclosure. Universal support for both Intel and AMD based systems makes this a versatile solution for any PC system. The Swirl is one of the most appealing coolers on the market and a great solution for those enthusiasts, gamers and professionals alike.
Main Features:
  • Three (3) 8mm all copper U-shaped copper heat-pipes
  • Straight lined heat-pipes allowing air to easily pass through
  • All-directional 45 aluminum fins for best surface rate
  • Dark-Nickel coated heat-sink to preserve killer looks from oxidation
  • Vertical 7.5cm long 9 blade red LED Ball-bearing DC fan
  • Manual fan (RPM) speed control unit included
  • PCI controller allows user to manually set RPM from 800~2000RPM
  • High Quality, Long MTBF Japanese No.1 Ball bearing
  • Supports Intel 1155/1156 & 1366 sockets and AM2/AM3 sockets
  • 5 Year supported manufacturer warranty
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30 Comments on Spire Announces the Swirl Universal CPU Cooler

Looks pretty heavy, I wonder how will the hot air flow. And definitely wanna see it in action :)
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Completely Bonkers
I like it for the following reasons:

1./ Asymmetric design means if can be turned if there are caps or ram sticks too close. The net is a bigger cooler that the "narrowest cross-section" but a smaller cooler than the "widest cross-section".
2./ Asymmetric design might help with avoiding resonance noise
3./ Column/cylinder fan has (in theory) greater volume moved per RPM, meaning lower RPM, meaning quieter
4./ The slits will create air turbulence and improve cooling
5./ Looks nice

What I don't like

1./ Many cylinder fans are poorly designed and actually make more noise and DONT push that much air. The reason is that air needs to come in the top of the cylinder, and the top of the cylinder is actually quite narrow, and also the cylinder should actually be somewhat SCREW SHAPED to draw air in from the top into the cylinder
2./ The shiny metal fins look nice, but there isn't that much surface area on each blade. To increase area and heat exchange it would be better if the fins were a rough not shiny (at least the inside fins... keep the external fins shiny for good looks), indeed, if the higher fins were actually BIGGER than the lower fins that required component clearance
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MSRP: USD $52.99 / EURO £36.99

Will be looking for some reviews on this cooler against some others that have been anounced :toast:
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_JP_ said:
Who still uses CPU coolers controlled by a potentiometer on an expansion bracket? I'd like to be reminded if anybody still has that.

EDIT: 1000th post!
I have a 1900 rpm slipstream on the mobos fan header (with bios rpm control) and an expansion bracket potentiometer from Spire, works fine. Maybe I could change it to go via Zalman 6ch controller, but... nah.
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