The Spire TherMax Pro is not the cooler that will get you to the next level of extreme overclocking, but it is a very good cooler. I recommend it to anyone looking for a good cooler and even for some mild processor boosting. For its size, the TherMax Pro puts some of the larger coolers to shame. We are talking about a cooler that only has a 90mm fan. If this is what Spire has up their sleeves, I see them being a major player in the air cooling game for years to come.
Because of the smaller footprint, you will be able to mount this in smaller cases where the bigger monsters can not go. When faced to the rear of the case, you will not have any problems with it interfering with any of your DIMM slots or any other components on your motherboard.
The TherMax Pro fan is quiet and moves a decent amount of air for its size. In conjunction with the fan controller, you have full control of its speed, which allows you to control the sound level as well. However, the TherMax Pro is pretty quiet even at full speed, if you have the side panel in place. On an open air test bench, we could hear a low whine to it, but nothing major. In an normal operating environment, it shouldn't be a problem.
For those that have yet to upgrade, we are happy to say the TherMax Pro is fully compatible with all the newest sockets from AMD and Intel, including the Intel socket 1156.
The Spire offering will set you back about $35 which puts it just above the price of the Coolermaster TX3 which it is a direct competitor.