First we will look at the CPU temps with the system at stock settings. With the fan on low the SpinQ cooled our Q6600 to a warm 54.25*C, on high it improved slightly to 52.5*C. Even on high the SpinQ was almost 8*C warmer than our current leader, the Noctua NH-U12P. I was hoping the cooler would have performed a little better, seeing how the SpinQ cost on average $60.
With the system overclocked to 3.0GHz the SpinQ was still better than stock, but was in the temp range that most feel uncomfortable running their systems. With the fan on low the Q6600 got to a very warm 60.75*C, and on high 59*C.
Conclusion and Final Thoughts
The SpinQ from Thermaltake is a nice looking cooler. The fan for the SpinQ is very quiet on low and just noticeable on high. For a cooler carrying an average street price of $60 +Shipping puts the SpinQ in the high end air cooler category, and for that reason I would have liked to have seen a little better performance.
In my testing I took the SpinQ on and off a couple of times to clean everything and redo the thermal paste because I didn’t believe the temps when I first saw them. After doing this 4 times over a week and multiple test runs I was still baffled how a cooler that looks this good performed so badly.
The SpinQ still performs better than the Intel box cooler, and for those who do not do any overclocking will have a nice looking cooler that is better than stock. Overclockers will not be happy; the eye candy doesn’t make up for the performance.
Legit Bottom Line:The SpinQ from Thermaltake is an interesting cooler that looks like it could hurt you. It’s better than stock cooling at stock settings, but it is not for overclocking.