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Spire 5F263 Cooler Review
review by David, 16 September 2002

Introduction

Processors are getting faster and faster with each month that passes by, and with each increase in speed, there is almost always an increase in heat output by the processor itself. This leads to a need for better and more efficient cooling solutions for the CPU in concern. Copper based heatsinks are the norm nowadays, with most aluminium based heatsinks relegated to the sidelines.

Today, we take a look at an aluminium heatsink from Spire, the 5F263, to be exact. This heatsink utilizes an 80mm fan, as well as a unique top heavy design with more metal on the upper part of the heatsink. Surprisingly, this heatsink is rated to support up to the Athlon XP 2200+ (Thoroughbred) as well as up to the Athlon XP 2100+ (Palomino). We'll see how it performs later.

About the Fanner Group

The Fanner Group was founded in 1991, it is the Chinese manufacturer of Spire® brand for computer thermal solutions. To meet the needs of the global market, the Fanner Group have established the production facilities in China, the head office in the USA and overseas branches in The Netherlands, U.K., Germany, Taiwan and Japan all strategically located to the customers we serve.

Specifications

  • Dimensions Heat sink : 80×80×25mm
  • 12VDC Fan : 74×74×47 mm (l × w × h)
  • Bearing: Ball bearing
  • Rated speed: 2500 RPM +/-10%
  • Rated power: 1.56 W
  • Noise level: 26.5 dBA
  • Air flow: 31.70 CFM at 2500 RPM
  • CurrentL 0.13 A
  • Life hours Ball: 50.000
  • Features: Aluminum fan frame
  • Connector: 3 Pin, mainboard
  • Application Intel : Pentium III ~ 1.4 GHz (FC-PGA2)
  • Pentium III ~ 1.13 GHz (FC-PGA)
  • Celeron ~ 1.8 GHz (PPGA)
  • AMD : Athlon MP ~ 2100+ (Thoroughbred)
  • Athlon XP ~ 2200+ (Thoroughbred)
  • Athlon XP ~ 2100+ (Palomino)
  • Athlon ~ 1.4 GHz (Thunderbird)
  • Duron ~ 1.3 GHz (Morgan)
  • Thermal resistance 0.48 °C/W
  • Thermal type White grease

Lets take a look at the heatsink itself.

A Closer Look >>


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