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Thermaltake SpinQ VT CPU Cooler Review
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Written by Munk   
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http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:a6i0MPc7lyS-hM:http://www.fareastgizmos.com/entry_images/0909/14/thermaltake_cpu_cooler.jpgComputers are pumping out mass amounts of wattage that we have previously never seen. With these huge ammounts of wattage flowing through current CPU's we are seeing huge spikes in overall running temperatures. Temperature is an overclockers worst enemy, not to mention the long term effects it has on your components. The main choice for cooling is air, this of course is due to the fact that alternative cooling sources are a bit pricier than your standard aftermarket air cooled choices. Thermaltake has always coupled performance with style and their latest version of the Spinq; the Thermaltake SpinQ VT, is no exception to the rule. This beautiful specimin combines both style, performance, and silence. Is water cooling better than air on all accounts? Let's find out:

Provided by: Thermaltake

Price: TBA

Closer Look:

 

 

Specifications and Features:

Compatibility    Intel® Core i7 Extreme (Socket LGA1366)
Intel® Core i7 (Socket LGA1366/LGA1156)
Intel® Core i5 / i3 (Socket LGA1156)
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 II X4/X3/X2 (Socket AM3/AM2+) AMD® Phenom X4/X3 (Socket AM3/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    120.1 (L) x 120.1 (W) x 159 (H) mm
4.73 (L) x 4.73 (W) x 6.26 (H) inch
Heatsink Material    50 Copper Fins + Copper & Aluminum Base
Heatpipe    Ø 6mm 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    Ruby LED Fan
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    495 g

 

Testing Setup:

  •  Asus P6T SEX58 Motherboard
  • Core i7 920 CPU
  • 6GB Crucial Balistix 8-8-8-24 1600mHz
  • Asus EAH 4850
  • 750 GB Seagate Barracuda
  • Vista Ultimate 64bit
  • Inwin 850 Commander Series PSU
  • EAH 4850
Testing:

For initial testing I will focus on idle and load temperatures just to get an idea of the overall temperature difference between the CoolIT Domino and the Thermaltake SpinQ VT. The CoolIT will be set to high and I will have the SpinQ turned up to max as well. Here are the results:

 

Cooler

Idle

Load

SpinQ VT

33

54

CoolIT

28

37

 

As I suspected the water cooling system (CoolIT Domino) did beat the SpinQ VT in overall scoring but by no means where the temperatures of the SpinQ VT a failure. The temperatures on the SpinQ VT are much better than stock cooling but the ket to the SpinQ is it's silence. Head to head the SpinQ VT beats the Domino hands down.

Conclusion:

Although water cooling still reigns supreme over air the SpinQ VT is a great cooler. Not only is it quiet but it dominates stock cooling and it is very quiet. My personal tastes are leaning away from LED’s lately but I must say the look of the chrome with the Red LED had me changing my tune and also my Noctua.

Would I recommend this product? Yes, that is if you are a gamer that wants performance with a baby overclock. If you are an enthusiast you will get some decent overclocks but this is not the ideal cooler for maxing out your rig. The SpinQ VT is by far the nicest looking cooler I have used in awhile, I am getting sick of the tower cooler look everyone is copying and like the fact that Thermaltake has always done things a little outside the box.

Pros:

  • Style
  • Size (Should fit most cases)
  •  Silent
  • Adjustable on the fly Speed Settings
  • Chrome!
Cons:

 

  • Not for Enthusiasts
 

Price: TBA

Closer Look:

 

 

Specifications and Features:

Compatibility    Intel® Core i7 Extreme (Socket LGA1366)
Intel® Core i7 (Socket LGA1366/LGA1156)
Intel® Core i5 / i3 (Socket LGA1156)
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 II X4/X3/X2 (Socket AM3/AM2+) AMD® Phenom X4/X3 (Socket AM3/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    120.1 (L) x 120.1 (W) x 159 (H) mm
4.73 (L) x 4.73 (W) x 6.26 (H) inch
Heatsink Material    50 Copper Fins + Copper & Aluminum Base
Heatpipe    Ø 6mm 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    Ruby LED Fan
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    495 g

 

Testing Setup:

  •  Asus P6T SEX58 Motherboard
  • Core i7 920 CPU
  • 6GB Crucial Balistix 8-8-8-24 1600mHz
  • Asus EAH 4850
  • 750 GB Seagate Barracuda
  • Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
  • Inwin 850 Commander Series PSU
  • EAH 4850
Testing:

For initial testing I will focus on idle and load temperatures just to get an idea of the overall temperature difference between the CoolIT Domino and the Thermaltake SpinQ VT. The CoolIT will be set to high and I will have the SpinQ turned up to max as well. Here are the results:

 

Cooler

Idle

Load

SpinQ VT

33

54

CoolIT

28

37

 

As I suspected the water cooling system (CoolIT Domino) did beat the SpinQ VT in overall scoring but by no means where the temperatures of the SpinQ VT a failure. The temperatures on the SpinQ VT are much better than stock cooling but the ket to the SpinQ is it's silence. Head to head the SpinQ VT beats the Domino hands down.

Conclusion:

Although water cooling still reigns supreme over air the SpinQ VT is a great cooler. Not only is it quiet but it dominates stock cooling and it is very quiet. My personal tastes are leaning away from LED’s lately but I must say the look of the chrome with the Red LED had me changing my tune and also my Noctua.

Would I recommend this product? Yes, that is if you are a gamer that wants performance with a baby overclock. If you are an enthusiast you will get some decent overclocks but this is not the ideal cooler for maxing out your rig. The SpinQ VT is by far the nicest looking cooler I have used in awhile, I am getting sick of the tower cooler look everyone is copying and like the fact that Thermaltake has always done things a little outside the box.

Pros:

  • Style
  • Size (Should fit most cases)
  •  Silent
  • Adjustable on the fly Speed Settings
  • Chrome!
Cons:

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