The SpinQ CPU cooler supports the Intel LGA 775, Intel LGA 1366, AMD AM2, AMD AM2+, AMD 734 and AMD 939 sockets with a cylindrical heat fin design with heat dissipation from 6 heat pipes for maximum cooling.
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Cooling a CPU does not get much better than this without going the liquid cooling route with the Thermaltake SpinQ CPU cooler and its unique cylindrical design. The design is unique and makes for a great and highly efficient cooler in my own testing as well as others I have seen on the internet.
The SpinQ has a unique design with a block of copper as your CPU contact point and copper heat pipes going into a uniquely designed round aluminum fin cooler. This round design with a hole in the center allows a cylindrical fan to sit inside and push air from the two ends outward through the fins.
This design maximizes air flow through the fins using air from the case and blowing it out in all directions instead of just one flow of air. Using this design gives the cooler a maximum flow of air past the fins and heat pipes so it gets the most cooling possible from an air cooled device.
The SpinQ from Thermaltake can attach to an Intel LGA 775 or LGA 1366 processor as well as the AMD AM2, AM2+, 754 and 939 processors so you have a wide variety of processor motherboard types covered. The CPU cooler comes with three sets of the hardware for attaching it to these different processors along with a small packet of thermal compound.
The SpinQ has a good squirrel cage fan that spins freely inside the round hole of the cooler that also has a connection and an adjustment control on it. The fan plugs into your motherboard connection and the control resistor is on a five inch cable for easy adjusting while your system is installed.
Installation went fairly easily but I did have to remove my previous mounting system so this did take a minute or two more to install, it would go just a little easier if you have the correct setup for your mounting type. The previous CPU cooler mount I had on my Intel LGA 775 motherboard used an AMD AM2 style mounting system so I had to remove that mount in order to install this one.
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The cooler is easy to mount, much more so than many other coolers I have installed due to the design, the cooler has a nice clear area by the base of the cooler. The area around the base is nice and clear so you have a good sight of the base while installing it as well as being able to handle the cooler even though it is round.
Once installed I connected the cooler power cable and cable tied the controller to a handy spot of the frame to get it out of the way, the second install had me cable tying it to the power cable. The cooler installed with the heat pipe bends toward the rear of my case gives me a little less room near the memory sticks but it can be turned around.
After installing it with the bends of the heat pipes toward the rear I turned it around and tried it without any problems and giving more room for the memory sticks. This makes for a nice solution for having more or less memory sticks or modules with heat sinks to allow for more room near them or more room toward the rear of your case.
The SpinQ not only has the ability to turn it around while in a
case you can also use the speed control for a quieter and slower or faster speed setting so you can control the fans speed without using software. This is especially nice for using either faster cooling for more efficiency while overclocking or for a quieter PC without the need for additional cooling.
The SpinQ performs as you would expect from a company that dedicates itself to computer cooling with great results and lower temperatures. I ran the cooler at idle on my Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 on an ECS P45T-A motherboard using Real Temp 3.00 to monitor temperatures of all 4 cores.
I was seeing temperatures of about 27 to 30 degrees Celsius at idle and when using Prime95 to get all four cores at top usage I was seeing temperatures around 42 and 43 degrees Celsius. Compared to a Core-Contact Freezer from Sunbeam Tech I was getting about the same results with a temperature or two lower with the SpinQ cooler for a slightly better result.
I do have my Intel Q6600 overclocked from 2.4 GHz to 2.9 GHz simply by raising the FSB to 323 with the multiplier of 9 with no change in other settings. This system has 4GB, 2 sticks of 2GB memory modules from Crucial but I have left the timings at stock speeds and the voltage for the core is also at stock values.
The computer with these coolers is operating Windows Vista 32 bit and is in a Thermaltake Spedo case with plenty of cooling from an 8 inch fan on the top of the case with the other usual fans the case came with. The case does a great job of keeping the system cool and the SpinQ does an excellent job of keeping the quad core CPU cool.
I also tried two other CPU coolers that did not get as good of results as the SpinQ and the Core Contact Freezer, the Scythe Ninja Copper and the new Core-Contact Freezer 92MM. The SpinQ did really well and kept the CPU temperatures down even while overclocked with all four cores running at 100%.
I highly recommend the SpinQ from Thermaltake as a great CPU cooling for use with your current AMD and Intel processors to keep your CPU cool.
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