High-End graphics cards have always required highly efficient cooling. However, the manufacturers have never paid special attention to this matter, since the reference AMD Radeon HD 7970 and Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 coolers can ensure proper thermal mode only at a pretty high level of generated noise. Therefore, almost all the manufacturers prefer to design their own unique coolers for the fastest graphics cards in their lineup working at increased clock speeds. These are DirectCU products by Asus, Twin Frozr by MSI, Triangle Cooler by Gigabyte, Dual-X by Sapphire, Double Dissipation systems from XFX, Jetstream series from Palit. And this list goes on and on.
But what if you ended up with a reference graphics accelerator with a regular cooler with mediocre efficiency and high level of noise? You should look for an alternative cooler. We have already reviewed one product like that just recently, and today we are going to introduce to you another solution – SkyMax cooler from Spire.
Packaging and Accessories
Spire SkyMax ships inside a clear plastic blister with a special section allocated for a small box with accessories:
This is the least reliable packaging, but it allows you to check out the design and peculiarities of the product without taking it out of the box. There is a paper insert at the bottom of it describing the key features of this cooler accompanied by small photographs:
Spire SkyMax is bundled with two aluminum heatsinks for the graphics card VRM components, aluminum heatsinks for the video memory chips, a retention kit with washers and screws, a short adapter cable, brief installation manual and Spire BlueFrost SP802 thermal paste:
The cooler is manufactured in China, comes with 3-year warranty and is priced at $59.99.