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Spire Whisper Rock IV Socket A Cooler

Review Date: 5th August 2003
Reviewed By: Michael "Hughesey" Hughes
Product: Spire Whisper Rock IV Socket A Cooler
Rating: 95%
Manufacturer: Spire
Supplier: LowNoise PC


Overclockers have long known that in order to achieve higher overclocks on their processors, better cooling is needed. The only problem with this is that with higher performance coolers comes higher noise levels, something which many overclockers are now beginning to loathe. Of course there is always water-cooling, but not every overclocker has the technical knowledge or courage to be able to install a water based cooling device into an electronic system.

The solution to the dilemma of performance versus noise was the introduction of heatsinks which could take larger diameter fans, therefore offering the same amount of airflow, but at significantly lower RPM. The product we are looking at today is the Spire Whisper Rock IV Socket A cooler. It is the successor to the Spire Rock II, with the only real difference being the efficiency of the fan used. Will this cooler live up to its older siblings performance benchmark? Will it help alleviate the stress on an overclockers eardrums? Read on to find out.

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