First a big thank you to Thermaltake for providing the Thermaltake SpinQ cpu Cooler for this Review.
I have to say when I opened the box for this SpinQ cpu cooler I was amazed at the size of the of this thing. The next thing that got my attention was the chrome finish and the fact this thing looked like it come off a Harley. The big question on my mind though was, is the SpinQ all looks or is there some good performance there as well? This is what I’m about to answer.
Before I get too far into this review I should mention the Features and the Specifications of the SpinQ cpu Cooler.
- Classic Cylinder Heatsink and Spiral Aluminum Fins
- 6 Copper Heatpipes
- 80mm Blow Fan
- Low Noise Performance
- VR™ Fan Control
Smart Airflow Design
- Integrated with System Fan
- 360°Heat dissipation
- Cylinder Heatsink and Spiral Aluminum Fins are absolutely a presentation of aesthetics.
- Eye-catching Scurve™ Blade Fan plus blue LED makes it unforgettable
- 50 waved aluminum fins, 6 copper heatpipes and generates efficient cooling performance
- Mirror coating copper base conducts heat effectively from CPU and gets more surfaces to dissipate the heat
Smart Airflow Design
Integrated with the System to maximize the cooling performance
VR™ Fan allows the users to adjust the fan speed according to their needs. It makes good cooling effect at low speed and generates minimum noise.
Cylindrical Structure dissipates the hot air with 360°
-Intel© Core 2 Extreme (Socket LGA775)
-Intel© Core 2 Quad (Socket LGA775)
-Intel© Core 2 Duo (Socket LGA775)
-Intel© Pentium D (Socket LGA775)
-Intel© Pentium 4 (Socket LGA 775)
-Intel© Celeron D (Socket LGA775)
-Intel© Celeron (Socket LGA775)
-AMD© Phenom (Socket AM2+)
-AMD© Athlon 64 FX (Socket AM2/939)
-AMD© Athlon 64 X2 (Socket AM2/939)
-AMD© Athlon 64 (Socket AM2/939/754)
-AMD© Sempron (Socket AM2/754)
-Heatsink Dimension 121.63(L) x 90(W) x 151.85(H) mm
-Heatsink Material 50 Aluminum Fins w/ Copper Heatpipes & Base
-Heatpipe ø 6 mm x 6
-Fan Dimension ø 80 x 85 mm
-Fan Speed 1000 ~ 1600 RPM
-Bearing Type Sleeve
-Noise Level 19 ~ 28 dBA
-Max. Air Flow 86.5 CFM
-Max. Air Pressure 2.22 mmH2O
-LED Fan Blue LED
-Power Connector 3 Pin
-Rated Voltage 12 V
-Started Voltage 7 V
-Rated Current 0.45 A
-Power Input 5.4 W
-MTBF 50,000 Hours
-Weight 667 g
The next set of specs will be for my computer which was used to test the SpinQ cpu cooler.
-Evga Nforce 790I Ultra SLI Motherboard
-Intel Core 2 Duo X6800 Extreme edition CPU Rated @ 2.93 Ghz and running @ 3.09 Ghz 65 nm
-2 X 1 gig sticks of Crucial Ballistix DDR 3 ram running @ 1800 Mhz
-2 250 gig Seagate SATA 3Gb/s 8 MB cache hard drives
-Audigy Platinum with Live Drive sound card
-Pioneer DVD/CD burner
-3 ½ Floppy drive
-750W SLI Corsair Power supply
-Windows XP PRO SP3
In the pictures below you can see what you get when you unbox the SpinQ cpu cooler. You get the brackets needed to mount the SpinQ on both Intel and AMD cpu’s along with the instructions and also some white thermal paste. There is also a little bag of 4 screws and these screws are used to mount the mounting brackets to the base of the SpinQ. To mount the brackets to the base of the SpinQ you only need a small Philips screwdriver.
Once I had the SpinQ ready to be mounted onto my Intel X6800 cpu I was then ready to remove the old standard heat sync and fan that come with the X6800 cpu. Once I had the old heat sync and fan removed it was then time to clean all the old thermal paste off the cpu. To clean the thermal paste off of the cpu I used rubbing alcohol and some Q-tips along with some paper towels. After a few minutes of scrubbing the old thermal paste off it was finally time to put the new SpinQ on and admire the chrome beast. To attach the SpinQ to the mother board you line up the plastic pins with the 4 holes and then you push down on the tops of the plastic tabs until you here a click sound. The clicking sound lets you know that the plastic legs are secure. You may want to look on the other side of the motherboard and make sure all the plastic legs are in fact going through the motherboard the way they are supposed to.
In the pictures below you can see the old stock Intel heat sync and fan as well as the SpinQ after it was installed.
As you can see in the pictures above once the SpinQ is installed it’s a sight to behold and what’s even better is when you turn your computer on and see the glow of the blue lighting. The blue light shining off the chrome SpinQ has a nice look to it.
So we now know the SpinQ has killer looks but how does it perform? In the picture below you can see the bottom of the SpinQ and as you will notice this is almost like a mirror surface which means its super smooth. The smoother the surface is in contact with the cpu the better the cpu cooler does at removing the heat from the cpu. You will also note the plastic covering that’s on the bottom of the SpinQ and was put there to make sure that smooth surface stays smooth and doesn’t get scratched. Make sure you don’t forget to remove that plastic cover before you install the SpinQ onto the cpu.
Before I mention the benchmark I results I should mention the fan on the SpinQ does have a variable speed pot on it that you can turn to change how fast the fan spins on the SpinQ. Once I had the SpinQ installed I had to turn the fan speed down because the computer sits 3 feet from my head and I could hear the fan so it’s cool you can adjust the fan speed nice and easy via the pot. Once I turned the fan speed down I didn’t really notice the sound of the fan on the SpinQ anymore and that’s a good thing because I like quiet computers. In the picture below you can see the variable speed pot used to turn the fan speed up and down.
Now onto the benchmark results and they are the following.
Intel Heat Sync & Fan
At idle 60 C
At load 72 c
At idle 50 c
At load 60 c
Ambient room temp 25 c
Well as you can see above I dropped the cpu temps on my cpu by about 10c. I wasn’t expecting the SpinQ to work this well so I’m really happy with these results.
In conclusion this is a really good cpu cooler. Not only is it a really cool looking cpu cooler but it also performs really well. At the time of this Review you could purchase the Thermaltake SpinQ cpu cooler for about $85.00 Canadian.
Below are a few more pictures of the Thermaltake SpinQ cpu cooler enjoy!