Thermaltake SpinQ CPU Cooler Review

Closer Look

Thermaltake SpinQ CPU Cooler Review Thermaltake SpinQ CPU Cooler Review
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Taking a closer look at the cooler, the first obvious thing to notice is the horizontal/cross-flow fan design, which is different than your typical “axial” flow fan that comes in 80/120mm. This fan is designed to draw cool air from the center and push it out across the radiator fins, dissipating the heat. This allows for a unique heat pipe distribution and cylindrical radiator fin patter. The cooler is fairly large in size, with a height of ~150mm.
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The heat sink is made of a machined copper base that interfaces with the CPU and a set of fins connected by copper heat-pipes in cylindrical orientation. The copper base appeared to be machined-smooth and free of imperfections, however it did not come with a protective plastic sleeve that we’ve come to expect with most coolers. Why they left this step out I don’t know.
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Also included is a small yet handy fan speed controller; I like it when they are small since I never find a good place to mount them on the computer case. The controller has a small knob that allows you to adjust the speed from 1000 to 1600 RPM.
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Installing the Thermaltake SpinQ CPU Cooler into an AMD system couldn’t be more simple; it is probably one of the easiest coolers I’ve ever installed. For one thing, the CPU cooler is big and has a simple retaining clip system. Also, the motherboard does not have to be removed, and the cooler uses the stock cooler retention bracket that comes with most motherboards. All you have to do is apply some thermal grease onto the cooler and then secure it using a simple clip system. Opening up the case probably took longer than installing the cooler!
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Since this cooler sits pretty high above the motherboard, as expected I had no clearance issues. The cooler does sit slightly over the RAM compartment on this motherboard so you’d have to install the RAM before the cooler. After turning it on, I was greeted with a nice blue LED emanating from the fan, which provides a little stylish touch.
Test System:
AMD 64+ X2 4800+ AM2
ECS GeForce 6100SM-M
Noctua CPU Cooler
Super Talent 2GB DDR2-1000 RAM
GeForce 7600GS video card
Hauppauge TV tuner card
Maxtor 200GB 7200 rpm harddrive
Maxtor 250GB 7200 rpm hard drive
Sony DVD writer
Idle temperatures were taken running Windows and full loads were taken while running SiSandra’s Burn-in Module. Temperatures (in degrees Celsius) were recorded and the results compared with two recently reviewed air coolers: the Evercool Transformer 6 and the Silenx Ixtrema. Ambient temp was about 20C.

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