ThermalTake SpinQ: Unique Blower-fan Heatsink

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Thermaltake SpinQ CPU Cooler: The Return of the Blower

December 15, 2008 by Lawrence Lee with Mike Chin

LGA775/K8 CPU Cooler
Street Price
$60~$65 USD

Whatever Thermaltake's faults, the company has persistence and gumption. SPCR has given poor marks to many Thermaltake products time and time again, but their PR/marketing department has never stopped sending us samples to review. This is in stark contrast to some brands, which we won't mention, who have snarled and turned tail at a single fair-but-negative review, then treated SPCR as website-non-grata forever on. Thermaltake's willingness to take the lumps and still keep working with us to reach the silent PC audience deserves our respect and encouragement... even if our feedback and criticism, often constructive, we like to think, never seems to reach the design team.

Thermaltake continues to pump out cooling products with unique designs that are difficult to ignore. A quick look at their CPU cooler catalogue reveals a huge array of heatsinks of many different shapes and sizes.

The SpinQ ships in a large white box with very little decoration, though a window is cut out so you can glimpse the actual heatsink.

Today we're looking at one of the weirdest looking coolers we've encountered. If not for the heatpipes, it could be some kind of meat grinder. The SpinQ is Thermaltake's latest, fusing the now traditional heatpipe tower design with a blower fan to create a CPU cooler unlike any other. Blower type fans have inherent advantages — they create greater amounts of pressure and lack the dead-spot that is endemic to traditional fans. Though they are rarely seen by PC enthusiasts today, some manufacturers like Cooler Master toyed with the idea in the not-so-distant past, using them for their Aero series of CPU coolers.

The box contents reveals that Thermaltake's love affair with plastic packaging is alive and well. Still, there's no question the product is well protected within.

The SpinQ ships with LGA775 and K8 mounting hardware, and a packet of thermal compound.

Thermaltake SpinQ: Key Features (from the product web page)
Feature & Brief
Our Comment
Stylish Appearance
- Cylinder Heatsink and Spiral Aluminum Fins are absolutely a presentation of aesthetics.
- Eye-catching Scurve™ Blade Fan plus blue LED makes it unforgettable
We agree that the SpinQ is an exercise in aesthetics — whether it is successful or not is a subjective judgement.
Optimized Structure
- 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
Six heatpipes is enough to cover the entire base. A polished base isn't necessary as thermal compound fills in any imperfections — it's flatness that is key.
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°
We have not seen a blower CPU heatsink in a very long time. With the right design, it could be competitive with the CPU coolers of today.

Thermaltake SpinQ: Specifications
(from the product web page)
Compatibility 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

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