Introduction and Specifications
FSP might be familiar as a manufacturer of power supplies, but the company has a growing product offering that now includes cases and CPU coolers, among other things. In this review we will examine the Windale line, which consists of the Windale 4 and Windale 6, a pair of tower-style CPU air coolers.
"FSP CPU Air Cooler Windale Series come out with two models: Windale 6 and Windale 4. Both of them are featured with CPU direct contact technology which can release CPU heat more efficiently. The 120mm extreme quiet fan enhances better cooling performance. The High-tech 120mm fin design provides optimized cooling effect. They are highly compatible with the latest sockets of Intel and AMD."
FSP has priced their coolers to compete in what is often called a 'crowded market', and the $29.99 Windale 4 in particular seems to directly compete with the ever-popular Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - on price, if nothing else. Can FSP's first effort dethrone the EVO as a budget favorite? To this end we will see exactly how the Windale 4 and 6 perform against Cooler Master's venerable air cooler with a toasty Intel Core i7-7700K supplying the load temps (and my trusty SPL meter along for the ride to capture noise levels).
We will get right into it with a summary of the specifications for both FSP Windale coolers:
Windale 4 (model AC401)
- Heatsink Material: Aluminum Alloy
- Heat-pipe: 6 mm x4
- Fan Speed: 600-1600 RPM (PWM) ± 15%
- Bearing Type: Sleeve Bearing
- Fan Air Flow: 60 CFM ± 10%
- Dimensions (LxWxH): 122 x 83 x 158 mm
- Weight: 620 g
Windale 6 (model AC601 - blue LED)
- Heatsink Material: Aluminum Alloy with black plating
- Heat-pipe: 6 mm x 6
- Fan Speed 600-1600 RPM (PWM) ± 15%
- Bearing Type: Sleeve Bearing
- Fan Air Flow: 60 CFM ± 10%
- Dimensions (LxWxH): 122 x 110 x 165 mm
- Weight: 823 g
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 26, 2017 - 04:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: fsp, windale, windale 6, windale 4
FSP have just announced their entrance into the cool world of heatsinks with their Windale series. The Windale 4 sports four heatsinks, and as you may have already guessed the Windale 6 has a half dozen. Both coolers have a 120mm fan rated at 60CFM at the full 1600RPM, as it is PWM you can reduce that down to 600RPM if you prefer a little silence. The two models are compatible with any modern Intel or AMD processor, Ryzen included.
The Windale 4 is 122x83x158mm so you will be able to squeeze it into any chasis which will fit a 120mm fan comfortably. It is rated for processors of up to 180W TDP so even with its smaller size you will still have good cooling potential.
The Windale 6 is the wider of the two, with the size increased to 122x110x165mm to accommodate the additional two heatpipes which increase the cooling potential to an impressive 240W TDP which should please overclockers.
We don't have any pricing or test units yet, but we do have PR you can read below.
April 26, Taipei, Taiwan – Global power and cooling specialist, FSP, is pleased to announce the new Windale series of supremely effective, ultra-quiet, heat pipe equipped fan-cooled PC heatsinks. The Windale 6 (AC601) and Windale 4 (AC401) bring a combination of extreme cooling performance with very low noise and vibration to a huge range of Intel and AMD CPUs – including the newest Core i7 and Ryzen processors. These new PC coolers are ideal for gamers, performance enthusiasts, and overclockers, as well as for general users who need quiet, reliable cooling and long CPU life.
FSP patented technology for ultimate cooling performance
Both the Windale 4 and Windale 6 feature CPU direct contact technology to remove heat from the CPU with maximum efficiency, protecting the valuable CPU and extending its lifespan. As their names suggest, the Windale coolers feature four and six heat pipes respectively, to spread that heat through the cooling fins. These louver fins are assembled with a patented solder-less technique which ensures unhindered heat transfer, unlike traditional soldered fins. Finally, the large, quiet 120mm cooling fan drives up to 60 cubic feet per minute (CFM) of air through the fins to dissipate the heat and keep the CPU running safely at optimum speed.
These advanced design and manufacturing features allow the Windale 4 to achieve a thermal design power (TDP) of 180W and thermal resistance of 0.11° C/W, while the larger Windale 6 reaches a TDP of 240W TDP and brings thermal resistance down to only 0.09° C/W in the most demanding scenarios. This allows the Windale series to keep CPU temperatures well below those provided by competing CPU coolers.
The quiet fan that cools and looks cool
Designed with a focus on noise reduction and user comfort, the Windale’s optimized low-noise sleeve bearing PWM fan spins at a low speed, variable from 1600 RPM down to only 1000 RPM to provide almost silent operation, but its wide 120 mm size ensures the fan blades can move more than enough air to keep the hottest CPUs running safely. The heatsink’s anti-vibration rubber mounting pins help isolate it from the motherboard and chassis to prevent noise and vibration.
Despite its unobtrusive and quiet performance, a Windale cooler can still be an eye-catching feature of any PC, thanks to its sleek, stylish design. The Windale 4 exposes the natural metallic sheen of its aluminum alloy fins and copper heat pipes, while the Windale 6 sports a cool black plated exterior coating and features an alluring blue LED effect.
Supports a wide range of AMD and Intel CPUs
The FSP Windale series offers outstanding compatibility with a huge range of CPU sockets, including Intel’s Socket LGA 775, 1150, 1155, 1156, 1366, and 2011, and AMD’s socket FM1, FM2, FM2+, AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, and AM4. CPUs supported by these sockets include the latest Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 CPUs, and AMD Ryzen – as well as many other Intel and AMD CPUs.