Thermaltake SpinQ Review

gotdamojo06 - 2008-11-13 13:57:48 in CPU Cooling
Category: CPU Cooling
Reviewed by: gotdamojo06   
Reviewed on: December 4, 2008
Price: $59.99

Introduction:  

Are you in the overclocking scene? Maybe you are just an average computer user that has found the need to upgrade your cooling solution for what ever reason. Well when you are overclocking your processor, everyone knows that the biggest concern/problem we face is the amount of heat the processor is producing and how to keep it in check and running cool. The most popular way is by using a heatsink/fan setup. This is where Thermaltake comes into the picture with the release of their SpinQ CPU cooler, you are going to be able to slap on your CPU socket to keep your processor's temperature down. The Thermaltake SpinQ CPU Cooler has a new different design from any other cooler that I have seen which is making me very anxious and excited to test it and see how it is going to be able to compare to the other proven coolers out on the market.

Closer Look:

The packaging for the Thermaltake SpinQ CPU Cooler is a very simplistic and elegant looking package, as it is colored and brilliant white cooler with a black top and bottom. The top of the packaging for the SpinQ is where you are going to find the Thermaltake logo with the "Cool all your life" slogan under it. Next to this is where you are going to be able to find the SpinQ slogan, which reads "Spin Your World Quiet Down Your PC" making you think that the cooler is going to be able to run very silently along with add a new design to the CPU Cooling scene. The lower portion of the front is where you are going to find the SpinQ logo along with a smaller picture of the cooler to give you a nice visual of the SpinQ. The back of the packaging is where you are going to be able to find the main features of the Thermaltake SpinQ cooler along with a few different pictures detailing the different features of the unit. On one of the sides is where you are going to find all of the specifications of the SpinQ that you would ever need to refer to along with the different compatibility options to make sure your setup is covered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Thermaltake SpinQ cooler was packaged in a clear molded piece of plastic to keep the cooler safe from any damages that may occur during the shpping process resulting in bent/broken fins or heatpipes. There is also a small white cardboard box that is included in the packaging. This is where you are going to find all of the documentation along with all the accessories for installing the cooler.

 

The little white accessory box is again where you are going to find all the accessories that you are going to need to install your cooler to your motherboard/socket type of choice. There is a white Installation guide to help you figure out how and which mounting hardware to install to the SpinQ if you are unsure or need detailed help with the process. The green sheet of paper has a Thermaltake Key 3 Spirit case badge attached for you to place on your case if you wish and describes the Key 3 Spirit commitment to Thermaltake customers; which is basically that you are going to purchase the most quality products you can. There are two pieces to the  Socket 775 mounting hardware with 4 small screws to secure them to the base of the cooler; while of the AMD sockets, there is only one piece. Thermaltake has also included a little bit of thermal paste if you are out or have not bought any.

 

 

After taking a look at the packaging for the Thermaltake SpinQ and seeing what it comes packed with, I am ready to take a nice close and detailed look at the cooler itself.

Closer Look:

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.

Specifications:

 

Socket Type

Intel: LGA775
AMD: Socket 754/939/AM2/AM2+

Heatsink Material

Aluminum Fins + Copper & Aluminum Base

Heatsink Dimensions

121.63 x 90 x 151.85 mm

Heatsink Heatpipes

6 & 6mm diameter

Fan Dimensions

80 x 85 mm

Fan Speed

1000-1600RPM (10% Varrance)

Fan Bearing Type

NA

Fan Noise Level

19~28 dBA

Fan connector

3 pin

Fan Color

Clear

Total Weight

667g

 

Features:

All information provided by Thermaltake

Testing:

To properly test the Thermaltake SpinQ, I will be monitoring the highest temperature of the processor at Idle (little to no CPU usage), and at full load (100% CPU usage). My idle test will be done by running the computer for thirty minutes and recording the maximum temperature during that time. I will be using OCCT:PK to simulate a full load. I will run a torture test for 30 minutes with the mixed (CPU and RAM) mode turned on, and gather the maximum temperature during this time. The temperature monitoring software that I will be using is Real Temp 2.60, as it reads all four cores, documents the maximum temperature for a period until you reset it, and most importantly, it reads the 45nm processor's temperatures correctly. I will be taking the four highest temperatures that were produced during the test, and report the average of the four cores. The stock test will be done using all of the stock settings for the Q9450 @ 2666MHz. During the overclocked tests, I will be using 410MHz FSB with an 8x multiplier to give me 3280MHz overclocked speed, with a vCore of 1.34v. All of the temperatures are measured in degrees Celsius. All testing with the Thermaltake SpinQ will be done at "High" fan speed settings.

Testing Setup:

 

Comparison Heatsinks:

NOTE: Some of the listed heatsinks were originally tested using an E6600; I recently re-tested and gathered new data after the switch from the E6600 to the Q9450. The new temperatures are represented in the graphs below.

 

 

 

 

 

As you can tell from the graphs, the Thermaltake SpinQ CPU Cooler was able to hang in with the other coolers during the Stock testing, only being beaten out by the GeminII, TRUE, and the V8. When the voltages increased and the frequency increased, the SpinQ lost some ground and ended up getting similar results as the Triton78 from ASUS.

 

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.

 

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