The ThermalTake SpinQ VT and the Intel Reference cooler were both tested using Arctic Silver 5 thermal interface material. Idle temperatures were taken 30 minutes after loading Windows 7 and sitting idle. Load Temperatures were taken while running Prime95’s Large FFT’s for 30 minutes. Real Temp 3.4 was used to obtain the temperatures.
At high speed the ThermalTake SpinQ VT is a full 10 degrees cooler than the reference design.
When the system is overclocked the SpinQ VT further extends the difference over the Intel reference cooler. It is 14.25 degrees cooler than the reference cooler at the maximum fan speed. The idle temp is also notably cooler than the stock cooler, nearly 10 degrees!