Recently introduced into the market the SpinQ offers a unique design for the CPU Cooler concept. Since its release it has already won a 2009 CES Innovation Design and Engineering Award. The cylinder heatsink accompanied by 50 aluminum fins in a spiral design with an input of six heatpipes provide efficient cooling performance.
The design is certainly different from the norm that I’ve been reviewing for CPU coolers. The cylindrical heatsink is mounted horizontally via the six heatpipes which hold it up about an inch above the base. The customized 80mm fan actually extends the whole length of the cylinder, maximizing cooling. The fan could probably be seen more as the style of a turbine fan, rather than the typical case fan we see on a lot of other CPU coolers.
The six 6mm copper heatpipes are evenly spaced around the base of the cylinder which provides maximum cooling for the heatpipes provided, rather than cramming them all together.
The heatpipes extend through the entire length of the cylinder and are capped on the end. Getting a side view of the heatsink makes it much easier to see the spiral design of the 50 aluminum fins.
While the entire CPU cooler may appear silver in color this may lead to some people thinking the entire cooler is composed of aluminum or aluminum like material. This would typically be true considering a lot of the CPU coolers are there keep the color of the material that they’re composed of. The SpinQ actually has a copper base in addition to the six copper heatpipes that attach to it. Thermaltake gave the SpinQ a chrome finish for aesthesis, which probably helped it earn some design awards.
The base keeps the chrome design by having a highly polished, chrome painted base for optimal contact between the CPU and the copper base.
Also attached to the SpinQ is a VRT Fan controller which allows the users to adjust the fan speed according to their needs. However, the length of the cable doesn’t allow it to be used anywhere else than inside the case. This means that if you want to adjust the fan speed that you’re going to have to take out remove your side panel and do it manually.