Thermaltake SpinQ Reviewgotdamojo06 - December 4, 2008
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When you take the first look at the Thermaltake SpinQ CPU Cooler, you are going to notice a few things that stick out from other coolers on the market. The first thing that I noticed was the fact that the fins of the cooler have been arranged in a cylinder shape. The second major thing that I had noticed is the fact that the fins have been twisted to give them a spiral, hence the name, design to them to spin the air as it passes through the cooler. Again I noticed the placement of the fan is different than it usually is in most heatsink/fan setups that are out on the market as the fan is located inside of the cylinder of fins. This is going to allow the fan to suck in air from one side and blow it out in all 360° of the cooler's fin array. There are six heatpipes that are attached at the base and go all the way up to the fin array and pierce through in six evenly spaced apart places in the array.
The fan that Thermaltake installed on their SpinQ CPU Cooler is a TT-8085A Thermaltake fan that is rated at 12V and can spin anywhere from 1000~1600RPM while operating at 19~28dBA. The fan has two different sets of wires coming off of it; one is the three pin power wire that connects to the fan header on the motherboard while the other is the inline fan speed controller. The design of the fan is unlike any other that I have seen before as it takes on the shape of the cooler and fits nice and snugly inside of the fin array.
The base of the Thermaltake SpinQ CPU Cooler is made up of both Copper and Aluminum as well as having a mirror coating. The mirror coating is to make sure that there is no imperfections in the surface and making sure that it is as smooth as it possibly can be, assuring the best contact between the IHS of the processor and the heatsink. There are six heatpipes that all come out of the thin base of the SpinQ that are spaced very close together to improve the heat transfer between the IHS and the heatpipes. The Socket LGA775 mounting hardware's installation is very simple as you just screw the clips down with four screws.
The last part of the cooler that I want to take a nice close look at is how the fins are designed and positioned. Taking a look at the inside of the cooler where the fan is placed, you can see that the edges of the 50 fins are placed very closely together, almost creating a smooth and flat surface that allows the air to be squeezed through. Taking a look at the outside of the fin array, you are able to see how the spiral effect Thermaltake decided to use looks. The fins have a spiral twist to them that have smaller fins connecting them, increasing the surface area, allowing more heat to be dissipated from the processor.
After taking a detailed look at the Thermaltake SpinQ, I am ready to see exactly what this cooler is going to be able to do and see how it will compare to the other coolers on the market.