Excerpt: Geared to support gamers and high-end enthusiasts in their battle against excess heat, the Thermaltake SpinQ (CL-P0466) CPU cooler features 50 waved aluminum fins — shaped in classic cylinder figure – spirally arrayed around an 80mm 1600RPM fan. The patented fin design is said to provide great airflow and can help keep your processor and motherboard components nice and cool.
Summary: The Thermaltake SpinQ is a very unique design for a CPU heatsink. The spiral fins and squirrel-cage fan provide some extra airflow around the CPU socket, but not as much as a downward-facing heatsink. Installation was very easy since it uses the same method as the stock heatsinks do, and although performance was not the best, it still was decent and allowed a respectable overclock.
Pros: Unique design, Good compatibility, Decent performance, Extra airflow around the CPU socket, Easy installation
Cons: Low mounting pressure, Non-standard fan can only be replaced by same fan, Noisy at full speed, High price tag
Excerpt: CPU coolers can come in a number of shapes and sizes. The most common and inexpensive coolers are simply a block of fins pointing up from the CPU with a fan blowing down over them. Further up the chain you have towers and heatpipes, which take their fins alignment and air movement and rotate in 90 degrees.
Summary: The Spin Q has definitely left its mark here at TechwareLabs. With it’s innovative design, fantastic looks, and its ability to cope very well under some thorough testing, the Spin Q will live on, here in the minds of everyone at TechwareLabs. On top of the fantastic testing, this monster of a heatsink can be found for $59.99 at NewEgg. Oh, we would also like to award the Spin Q with the TechwareLabs Awesome Hardware Award.
Conclusion: The Thermaltake SpinQ certainly has a stylish look about it and adds a little bling to the inside of your chassis and provided a little overclocking headroom. We managed to get to 3.2GHz on the Q6600 and stay under 70°C, which is our cutoff for CPU cooler testing in most cases. We didn’t expect to get that much overhead for overclocking from such a stylish cooler but still, if you’re looking for killer overclocking headroom, this probably isn’t the product for you.
Conclusion: One area we are unable to objectively evaluate is noise, as we lack the equipment to accurately measure the decibels produced by a heatsink. In the case of the SpinQ, we’d probably be out of luck even if we did have equipment: It wouldn’t be loud enough to register on most dB meters. The SpinQ’s fan is rated between 19 dB at its lowest setting to 28dB and 86.5 CFM at its highest. At its lowest setting, the SpinQ couldn’t be heard over the PSU.
Pros: Very good performance., Quiet adjustable fan., Great accessories., Stylish design.
Cons: Less expensive units will outperform it., Fan rheostat wire is short.
Summary: It’s got looks, a fairly standard formfactor (as opposed to the DuOrb’s expanse), and ease of installation in its favor, and its performance is nothing to scoff at. But in a fair fight, at 100 percent CPU utilization, it can’t match up with its sibling. Both coolers retail for $80, so unless you’re really cramped for horizontal space, you’re better off with the DuOrb.
Pros: Good looks, easy to mount, respectable cooling power.
Cons: Same price as the DuOrb, without the performance.
Summary: It's safe to say that Thermaltake have produced a fine product here. From the quality build, and pleasing aesthetics, this cooler ticks all the boxes. Its slightly on the larger side, but hey, you get the performance out of it. The results from our tests show that the Thermaltake SpinQ competes very well against other impressive coolers such as the OCZ Gladiator Max, Enzotech Ultra-X and Xigmatech HDT-D1284.
One thing I would like to mention.
Pros: - Very good thermal performance, - Unique design, great looks, - 6 copper heatpipes, - Supports Intel LGA1366 via expansion clips, - Every quiet fan with LED, - VR-Fan control 1000 - 1500rpm, - 360 degrees of heat dissipation, - Easy to install
Cons: - Slightly on the large side - But thats down to preference., - Lots of pointy edges?