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AMD Under The Rocks: Spire 5T060B1H3R, Spire 5T061B1H3T And Spire 5T208B1H3T

All of the aluminum coolers that we tested from the Rock series by Spire are recommended by AMD. Their common denominator is a 70-millimeter fan rotating at 4,500 rpm. Spire achieves the models' different cooling capacities through relatively small variations in size or make-up of the base surface or the cooler profile.

BigRock II: Spire 5T061B1H3T

The BigRock II is the smallest cooler in the Rock series. Its base surface measures 60 by 70 millimeters. It is entirely identical to Neolec's Venzia TB - an area with symmetrically aligned cavities is placed above the base plate. This is followed by a three-millimeter-thick layer of solid aluminum. It ends in a curve above which the cooling ribs start.

Entirely identical to Neolec's Venzia TB - the 5T061B1H3T.

This profile is designed to rapidly dissipate heat pent up in the cavities. The cooling capacity of the BigRock is good.

Spire promises that the cooling capacity will suffice, even for an Athlon 1400. We can only concur.