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Spire Announces SkyMax GPU Cooler With 3 Fans, 5 Heatpipes

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Spire has begun selling a new GPU cooler that features three fans as well as five copper heat pipes.

According to the manufacturer, the cooler was designed for up to 180W GPU designs from AMD and Nvidia, including the Radeon 6900/6800, 5800 and 4800 series as well as the GeForce GTX/GTS series ranging from the GTS 250 to GTX580 as well as 7800, 7900, 8800, 9600 and 9800 series of GPUs. Spire "guarantees" a swift heat transfer from the graphics processor to the three fans.

The SkyMax - SP286S1-V1-PWM includes two 80 mm and one 90 mm fan that are capable of shifting 36.5 cubic feet of air per minute (cfm). Spire rates the device at a MTBF of 30,000 hours and offers a 3 year warranty. The maximum noise level emitted by the cooler is 22.0 dBA. The suggested retail price of the SkyMax is $59.99 and includes mounting brackets, bolts and clips, insulators, washers and screws.

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    nevertell , March 14, 2012 8:23 AM
    My twin frozr servees me well enough as it is.
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    JOSHSKORN , March 14, 2012 9:25 AM
    Is this not compatible for the AMD 7000 series? That would seem like a step backwards, to me.
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    SchizoFrog , March 14, 2012 9:39 AM
    JOSHSKORNIs this not compatible for the AMD 7000 series? That would seem like a step backwards, to me.

    As those cards are brand new, they probably haven't had time to confirm but as far as I know the PCB of stock 7xxx series cards are virtually the same as 6xxx cards so it should fit the majority if not all stock boards. nVidia's new cards are also not mentioned either.
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    elcentral , March 14, 2012 10:13 AM
    i feel they try to hard to cram in ewery micro space for cooling the chipp. i cinda feel its simpler and better to get a closed water cooled chip instead. altho the money do burn faster if you do : (
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    americanbrian , March 14, 2012 11:11 AM
    It doesn't seem to have an area for the gRAM to contact the h/s (with pads). Therefore a no go for me. The RAM needs cooled too.
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    Nerdbox87 , March 14, 2012 11:11 AM
    Absolute ripoff of the Arctic Cooling range.....
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    CaedenV , March 14, 2012 12:44 PM
    for $10 more you can get the much better, much quieter Zalman (only problem is that it only comes in green... really, what were they thinking): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118094

    $25 more you get a near silent Arctic Cooling (granted the ram heatsinks get it bad reviews, but the cooler itself is epic): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186048

    The only advantage to this new one is if it happens to be thin enough to run SLi or xFire on a normally spaced mobo, which the other 2 cannot.
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    hellfire24 , March 14, 2012 1:03 PM
    Still i would take MSi Twinfrozer III!
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    Bones2525 , March 14, 2012 1:23 PM
    I just bought an MSI Twin Frozr II 6870, shoulda gone with a regular PCB.
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    hellfire24 , March 14, 2012 1:25 PM
    ^WTF?
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    ronanh , March 14, 2012 1:43 PM
    do they supply heatsinks for the VRMs and the memory?
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    maxinexus , March 14, 2012 3:27 PM
    nice but no official HD7000 support
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    festerovic , March 14, 2012 6:43 PM
    too expensive. TwinFrozr and DirectCu from MSI and Asus are both great, and cost only $20 more than the regular cards. $60 is(was) the difference between a 6870 and a 6950...
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    A Bad Day , March 14, 2012 7:41 PM
    What's the airflow on these? I'd like to know where it blows out the air before building my desktop computer.
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    silveralien81 , March 14, 2012 8:33 PM
    A Bad DayWhat's the airflow on these? I'd like to know where it blows out the air before building my desktop computer.

    Look at it, it blows out air on all sides.
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    A Bad Day , March 14, 2012 9:56 PM
    silveralien81Look at it, it blows out air on all sides.


    Huh, that's going to be an interesting task when I'm building my own desktop case.
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    nebun , March 17, 2012 5:35 PM
    A Bad DayWhat's the airflow on these? I'd like to know where it blows out the air before building my desktop computer.

    you need to read the article again...slower this time and you will be able to comprehend what you are reading :) 
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    Soul_keeper , May 5, 2012 9:16 AM
    I was looking at the thermalright shaman
    it seems to win in most reviews, yet get no attention (which is common for thermalright).

    Why doesn't newegg ever have thermalright products in stock anymore ?
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    meowmix44 , January 27, 2013 11:11 PM
    My Windorce 3X GTX 670 cooler is better than this:p