Spire 5E055B1H3R Copper Heatsink Review
from permanent hearing damage because of your heatsink cooler? Don't worry you
are not alone, in the quest to get the biggest and fasted heatsinks on the
planet for the best and fastest cooling solution, noise is often overlooked. While
this copper cooler from Spire is much quieter than any of the heatsinks you have been reading about lately, it cannot offer the same level of performance.
Still the question of which is
better, high noise and high performance, or low noise and moderate performance
is a personal one. In case you're willing to take the plunge into the latter,
the Spire 5E055B1H3R may be for you.
We have seen many heatsinks come across our test
bench that used two-part constructions. For the manufacturers, it is a lot
simpler and cheaper to take two parts of sheet, or plate copper and solder or
braze them together to for a completed heatsink than it is to cast, forge or
Spire use this process with their Model
5E (5E055B1H3R) with pretty good results by the looks of it. Though soldered (if you look
closely along the edges of the fins you can see areas not covered by copper that
still have their lead colour), the fins are at least making good contact
with the base.
Most importantly as far as we are concerned is that the
fins are not glued down to the base. Time and time again we have seen this
process turn what might have otherwise been a good heatsink into just another
low-end OEM cooler.