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Thermaltake SpinQ CPU Cooler

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Feb 4, 2009 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 87%Manufacturer: Thermaltake

The Thermaltake SpinQ

 

Thermaltake SpinQ CPU Cooler

 

The Unique nature of Thermaltake's fin design is very apparent from this angle. While cylinder style coolers have been around for some time now, a bit of flash does wonders. The 50 pressed on fins of the SpinQ are aluminium and get their load of heat through plated copper heat-pipes. The heat then gets moved in all directions outward by the "squirrel cage" inspired "blow fan" design.

 

Thermaltake SpinQ CPU Cooler

 

From the side you can see a bit more on how this cooler functions. The pipes, traveling through the fins is more easily visible. Each fin is punched with 12 holes. The ones that aren't stretched open to surround the heat-pipes work as support for the fins as well as a place to screw in the fan.

 

Thermaltake SpinQ CPU Cooler

 

It's hard to discern front from back with the SpinQ. Both sides offer their own attractive and unique benefits to being shown. This side could be the front and I really like the look of the Thermaltake fan label peeking through the heat-pipes, while the other side offers the correct view of the "Thermaltake" stamped logo into each fin.

 

Thermaltake SpinQ CPU Cooler

 

When I first took this image, the plan was to get a close up of the termination of the heat-pipe and how the fins are pressed on over them. When I got to actually looking at what I had captured, I couldn't find a sexier image of the fin design and offset to look at.

 

Thermaltake SpinQ CPU Cooler

 

Onward past all the flash and on to the business at hand, the base of this cooler has a mirrored finish that is very flat. Note the two screws in place on either side of the base. Removal of these loosens the AMD mounting, aluminium heatsink. I will get more into detail on that in a bit.

 

Thermaltake SpinQ CPU Cooler

 

Here is a shot at the thick base and those six heat-pipes. Thermaltake has gone the route of soldering them to the base and has done a clean job of it as well. They are mounted securely, as mounting the hardware and such puts stress in that area and it was solid as a rock.

 

Thermaltake SpinQ CPU Cooler

 

Here we see the heatsink / AMD mounting plate. The usual grooves are milled out to accept the standard AMD style latch. To be honest I don't really consider this much of a heatsink. The lack of TIM and the finish of this plate tends not to lead to great heat transfer, but it does still do that job to a small extent.

 

Thermaltake SpinQ CPU Cooler

 

Removing three Phillips head screws out of the face of the SpinQ allows for the removal of the 80mm clear fan (illuminates blue when in operation). This makes maintenance of the SpinQ easily taken care of.

 

Thermaltake SpinQ CPU Cooler

 

The side view of the fan shows that the blow fan is a bit deeper than it is wide, measuring 85mm in depth. While the fan is only supported by the three screws, you can see in the mounting plate a ring that snugly seats inside the aluminium fins.

 

Thermaltake SpinQ CPU Cooler

 

As you can see here with the close-up of the label, Thermaltake has used Everflow fans. Both the fans ratings and its build date are displayed and easily seen.

 

Thermaltake SpinQ CPU Cooler

 

The whole time this cooler has been shown, I bet the thought of "why does this cooler have two separate fan leads" has crossed your mind. This image makes that all crystal clear. Thermaltake has the fan wired with a 3-pin power connection, but also includes a fan speed dial. This is a nice added touch to any cooler as setting the fans in the BIOS can sometimes be a pain and having access to a knob to easily adjust it tends to simplify the job.

 

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