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Thermaltake SpinQ Review

gotdamojo06    -   December 4, 2008
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Conclusion:

The Thermaltake SpinQ CPU Cooler is a great looking cooler that took a different layout and design and put it to work on cooling some of the hottest processors out there right now. The performance of the Thermaltake SpinQ at stock speeds and voltages was killer, it was able to keep up and obtain similar results as the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme and the Cooler Master V8, two proven coolers on the current market. However, when the Q9450 was overclocked and the voltages were increased, the SpinQ was unable to scale with the same results, it was unable to keep up with the increase in heat load. I was impressed with the design of the cooler, it boasts 6 thick heatpipes and 50 twisted fins, making it stand out in a line up and great at stock settings. The Multi-platform design of the cooler adds value to it as it will be able to be used on any LGA775 motherboard, as well as being able to be used on the Socket 754, 939, AM2, and AM2+ motherboards, allowing for upgrades and keeping your cooler for the upgrade. I was not very impressed by the mounting hardware though, I have never been a fan of the pressure clips as I do not feel they allow for a very tight connection between the IHS of the processor and the base of the cooler, I would have liked to see some sort of backing plate and screw/bolt action for the mounting. The price of the cooler is a little higher than I would pay for a cooler.

Overall, if you are looking for a great looking cooler that takes advantage of a creative design, I would suggest picking this cooler up. Maybe you're building a new computer and you need a new cooling device for your processor because you bought it OEM, I would suggest the Thermaltake SpinQ if you are going to be running your processor at stock speeds and voltages. If you are increasing the frequency and voltages of your processor, you would be able to get a better cooler, but nothing that looks anything like this. For a heavy overclocker looking for the best of the best, this cooler falls just short of that. I would still recommend this cooler to anyone who is looking for an upgrade from their stock cooler.

 

Pros:

  • Performance (Stock)
  • Overall Design
  • 6 heatpipes
  • Multi platform Design
  • Copper Base and Heatpipes.
  • 50 twisted Fins

 

Cons:

  • Performance (Overclocked)
  • Mounting Hardware
  • Price

 

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