Zaward Gyre (ZJ010) CPU heatpipe cooler
Posted on: 28.07.2008 01:00:00

Upon opening the box we see the Gyre is very well protected in a formed plastic mould so it should be free from any kind of damage and dirt. Unusually there is no instruction manual to greet us.

Removing the Gyre from the box we find the manual, which is well laid out in pictorial format and written instructions in many languages.

The accessories include: - the thermal paste, the retention clip for the AM2 CPU stock retention mechanism, the Intel one is pre fitted to the Gyre. Zaward have even included a screwdriver and small spanner to fit to an Intel set up. To fit the Gyre to an Intel set up does require removal of the motherboard to fit the backing plate. The Intel backing plate is pre-fitted with an insulation and foam protection pad.

Onto the Gyre, the heat sink shroud is clear smoked plastic but even so you can’t see much of the heat sink through it. It carries a logo of sorts on it complete with a sort of Japanese style dragon signifying the direction of the airflow. As you can see the Intel retention mechanism is pre fitted.

Turning the Gyre over to expose the base we get a closer look at the heat pipes, which will be in direct contact with the CPU. This, in theory, should aid in cooling. It’s not the shiniest of heat sink bases I have seen but it looks and feels pretty flat which is probably more important.

Removing the fan was simple, 4 screws and it was removed from the top of the heat sink. This gives us a better look at the Gyre’s profile and as you can see from the picture it is “butterfly” shaped, for lack of a better description to allow for the blades in the shroud. The hole in the centre puzzles me slightly as I had assumed the blades of the heat sink would have been solid as there would be very little airflow from the centre of the fan as this is where the motor is located. The four holes in the corners are to allow access to the Intel screw fittings through the Gyre otherwise to say it would be awkward fitting it would be an understatement.

Removing the Intel fittings was easy, just unscrew 2 screws, one each side, and that’s it. Removing the shroud was a little trickier I had to remove the fan, not a problem, four screws and it came off as previously mentioned, then I had to persuade the shroud to come off which took a few minutes wiggling before it eventually came off. The instructions for removing the shroud are non-existent but I can inform you there are a couple of clips holding it onto the heat sink and once I had discovered these it came off easily. The fins of the heat sink are quite thin and numerous so should conduct the heat away quickly and efficiently.

The shroud is, I believe where the Gyre gets is name from. This is what causes the “whirlwind” effect as it has 2 blades running diagonally from top to bottom / left to right which forces the air from the fan through the heat sinks blades and eventually out of the bottom of the heat sink, where presumably it will help airflow over the chipset coolers.

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