FSP hits the heatsink market with its Windale CPU coolers


— 10:17 AM on April 26, 2017

FSP is mainly known for making power supplies for PCs, consumer electronics, and medical and industrial equipment. Someone in the company has apparently decided the time has come to start adding heatsinks to other spots in PCs. The FSP Group's Windale 4 and Windale 6 pair of CPU coolers is the company's first foray into the PC cooling market. The company seems to be placing the Windale units as alternatives to some of the most popular cooler offerings.

We'll start with the big gun—in this case, the Windale 6 and its arsenal of six 6-mm direct-contact heatpipes. The copper tubes connect to a large array of black-anodized aluminum fins. A single 120-mm fan with blue LED illumination and a rubber-isolated mount whispers sweet nothings to the big fin stack. FSP says the Windale 6's performance compares favorably to Cooler Master's Hyper 612, which is also built around a six-pack of heat pipes. The Windale 6 weighs a hefty 29 oz (823 g) and measures 4.8" x 4.3" x 6.5" (or 12.2 cm x 11.0 cm x 16.5 cm).

As clever gerbils might figure out from the name, the Windale 4 pares the number of heatpipes down to four. The black anodizing and the blue LED in the fan are also lost in translation from "range-topper" down to "midrange cooler." Fortron specifically compares the Windale 4 to competing coolers from Cooler Master, Be Quiet!, and Thermaltake, including the ever-popular Cooler Master Hyper 212. The Windale 4 is more reasonably-sized than its bigger brother, measuring 4.8" x 3.3" x 6.2" (12.2 cm x 8.3 cm x 15.8 cm) and weighing in at 21.9 oz. (620 g).

Both coolers list support for Intel LGA 775, 1150-1156, and 2011 sockets. AMD users can also use the Windale coolers, which support the red team's myriad AM and FM sockets, including Ryzen's AM4 socket. Those using AMD's decidedly low-budget AM1 platform will have to look elsewhere, though.

FSP didn't offer pricing or availability information for the Windale 4 and Windale 6. Neither cooler uses the offset fin stack design we've seen in recent coolers from competitors, so buyers will need to double-check the clearance for memory height before buying.

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