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FSP Windale 6 CPU Air Cooler Review

FSP is a very new brand when it comes to CPU air coolers and is entering a market that is highly competitive and seeded with others that have been designing air coolers for quite some time. Its Windale 6 cooler features six direct contact heatpipes, a 120mm fan, and what FSP says is an "optimized fin design." But does it cool?

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FSP Windale 6

As mentioned in the introduction, FSP has given the Windale 6 a lot of features users expect in modern mid/high range CPU coolers. This is an important start for FSP since leaving out certain key features could leave the Windale 6 off a lot of user’s radar. A couple things I didn’t mention before is the Windale 6 comes in a matte black finish along with a blue LED fan. These don’t affect the performance of the Windale 6 but they could be a factor if you’re building a themed PC.

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Package & Specs

Packaging for the Windale 6 meets the industry standard. Thick formed cardboard, Styrofoam madding and everything segmented in baggies and boxes.

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Dimensions: (L) 122mm(W) 110mm x (H) 160mm

Heat Pipes: Six 6mm heat pipes

Weight: 823g

Compatibility:

Intel

  • LGA 2011
  • LGA 1366
  • LGA 115X
  • LGA 775
  • AMD

  • AM2
  • AM2+
  • AM3
  • AM3+
  • FM1
  • FM2
  • AM4
  • Fan:

  • Size: 120mm x 25mm
  • Speed: 1000-1600 RPM
  • Air Flow: 60 CFM +- 10%
  • Noise: 32 dBA
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    FSP includes the usual assortment of accessories with a couple of differences. First is the back plate. FSP uses the same backplate for AMD and Intel where most other coolers use two different ones. Second is the fan clips. They aren’t clips as much as they are rubber bushings. It’s unique to say the least, but is a nice mounting solution that gives a more finished look to the cooler.

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    Photos

    Here are some shots of the Windale 6 from various angles.

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    Installation & Contact

    Installing the Windale 6 shows the inexperience of FSP. Some of the design choices are downright odd and you’ll quickly understand why you don’t see these in other coolers.

    I knew something was different as soon as I installed the backplate and mounting brackets. FSP uses brackets with slots instead of individual holes for the different sockets these are compatible with. This creates the issue as seen in the picture where a user can end up with a crooked bracket. This may seem extreme but I did it to highlight the fact that it will be harder than usual to get two brackets aligned straight. I wish FSP did what every other company does and just drill holes for the different socket sizes.

    The next odd thing choice I ran into was right after I installed the tower. The Windale 6 has these two slots, one running down either side of the cooler. These line up perfectly with mounting screws but for some reason FSP made these slots too small for all but the slimmest of screw drivers to fit into.

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    If those two were the only oddities to report than I wouldn’t think much of those. Most coolers have a couple of quirks about them. But it doesn’t stop there.

    When you get to the last step and install the fan you run into two odd issues. The first issue is that the fan and cooler block your RAM slots pretty badly. In my case I could only fit one stick which is not ideal. The second issue is the awkward rubber locks used to hold the fan in place. Because of the shape of the cooler it’s very difficult to install the Windale 6 if the fan is attached but to install the fan after the tower is equally awkward because these rubber pieces are directional and need to be pointed in the right direction to install. If that wasn’t enough when you’re done installing the fan you have these long rubber pieces hanging off. FSP recommends you take a scissor and clip them down to size but that just seems not at all professional.

    At least the four heatpipes (out of the six) made good contact with our CPU. As long as you ignore the top heat pipe not touching the CPU at all and the bottom heat pipe barely making any contact at all. Let’s keep an open mind about all of this and just see how it performs, but the Windale 6 seems much more like a Windale 4.