Summary: The design of the SpinQ VT is one of its most interesting features. With the cooling potential so close to other coolers, the design will become the deciding factor. While other coolers are sticking with the tower design (and there's nothing wrong with this), the SpinQ VT has a more unique shape. The shape does have a downside though, replacing the fan will be nearly impossible should it ever fail.
Pros: » Great cooling, » Easy universal CPU installation, » High quality, » Just plain cool looking (ok, that's subjective)
Cons: » High price, » Short fan speed controller cable, » Nearly impossible to replace fan if it dies, » Red is the only choice for LED lighting
Excerpt: Thermaltake has been putting out quality products since 1999. Thermaltake has had its hands in everything from CPU and GPU coolers to cases and power supplies. Today we will be looking at Thermaltake’s update to their SpinQ cooler: the SpinQ VT. Join us as we analyze the cooler and test how it performs.
Excerpt: Thermaltake’s first SpinQ cooler ( reviewed February 2009 ) had style for sure—it looked like a blue-lit stack of bike gears with a fan in the middle, mounted sideways. The SpinQ VT adopts the same basic formfactor—the stack of circular aluminum fins mounted around an 8cm fan—but stands the stack upright, and uses red LEDs instead of blue. Other than that, it’s more of the same—from the variable fan speed to the so-so performance.
Pros: Cool design; easy install; variable fan.
Cons: No 4-pin connector; middling performance; fan control inside case.
Summary: With my concerns out of the way, I can comfortably tell you that I do like the ThermalTake SpinQ. It averaged 16% cooler temperatures at load and ~20% at idle on the C0 stepping Intel I7 920 than the stock cooler does.
Excerpt: That's right. We're taking a look at a new cooler, which is showing as much promise as the above coolers. This is the new version of the SpinQ, dubbed the SpinQ VT. The VT fins are not hanging at the end of the heat-pipes at a 90 degree angle, but stands tall and straight. The SpinQ is topped off by a red glow and it makes everything bright and vibrant. Lets take a look at this new cooler.
Summary: Thermaltake's SpinQ VT heatsink is undeniably unique, it's sculptural and nothing about its helical fin arrangement is unnecessarily complex. The SpinQ VT heatsink stands 162mm tall and is made from nickel plated aluminum fins soldered over six copper heatpipes, which are really three heatpipes doubled over into a U-shape.
Overall the Thermaltake SpinQ VT is a decent CPU cooler. It costs $20 cheaper (MSRP) than the original SpinQ and offers better performance. This cooler takes up a lot of vertical space in the case which may be a problem for some people, but on the other hand it takes up a lot less horizontal space in the case allowing for more airflow across the case. Overall Think Computers would like to award the Thermaltake SpinQ VT CPU Cooler a
9 out of 10
Summary: The SpinQ VT is one of the more unique looking coolers that we've tested in a while. Just like the original SpinQ, the SpinQ VT uses a different design than most coolers and the unique appearance might be enough for some users alone to make this cooler their next upgrade. Luckily the looks aren't the only thing the SpinQ VT have going for it, it can also provide a very significant cooling performance upgrade over stock cooling while looking good.
Pros: Good Performance, Unique Design, Easy Installation, Compatible with all recent CPU's
Summary: Thermaltake SpinQ VT CPU cooler impressed us with its looks. It has a very unique and cool design, and will surely draw attention in any computer with a transparent side window. Its fan is also pretty quiet.
It performed well, although it is not a top-performing cooler. And it is not an inexpensive product.
If you are looking for a budget cooler with the best possible performance, forget this cooler.
Summary: Thermaltake’s SpinQ VT brought some differences to their original design. Different material and different structure. The tests show that it definitely can hold it’s own. With an overclocked CPU the temperature’s stayed in a low range. Considering that i7 920 is in a safe zone below 80°C and a maximum temperature never crossed 50°C at 1000RPM, full load and overclocked CPU to 3.2GHz, I say the results are very good.