Thermaltake SpinQ VT CPU Cooler - Testing the SpinQ VT

Article Index
Thermaltake SpinQ VT CPU Cooler
Specifications
SpinQ VT Installation
Testing the SpinQ VT
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

 

Testing:

Test Setup:

For Intel (LGA1336) testing we will be using the Intel Core i7 920 CPU, which produces 130 Watts of heat. This could be considered a mid-range processor, and while most Dual-Core processors produce ~50-80 Watts of heat, this should give you a pretty accurate estimate of what type of temperatures a cooler will provide you with.

For both AMD and Intel testing, we have taken all temperatures using CoreTemp v.0.99.4. CoreTemp takes a temperature from the CPU core, and allows for much more uniform results across different motherboard and CPU platforms. These temperatures may seem higher than other temperature recordings; because chances are they are taking temperature recordings using the diode underneath the CPU, which isn't able to be as accurate, and can really fluctuate between different brands of motherboards.

For all tests we are using the Highspeed PC Top Deck Tech Station , and we are using no additional cooling in our testing. All temperatures are recorded in a controlled environment that is set to 23 degrees Celsius (73.4 Fahrenheit) to provide fair results between coolers.

For all tests we use Arctic Cooling MX-2 High-Performance Thermal Compound (Paste), We use the same thermal paste in all our testing so that we can keep our results consistent. If a cooler is shipped with thermal paste pre-applied, it will be removed and we will re-apply it with Arctic Cooling MX-2 to provide fair results.

Intel Test System:

 

Here comes the testing results....

 

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Going from low fan speeds (1000 RPM) to high fan speeds (1600 RPM) drops the temps about 2.5 degrees, which isn't too big of a deal for most users so I would assume that most people will set this cooler on the low speeds and forget about it. At low speeds this cooler is nice and quiet and you probably won't hear it over other system noise. At high speeds the SpinQ VT isn't necessarily noisy by any means, but if you've got a nice and quiet system you might be able to hear it over other noise.

Let's see how the SpinQ VT stacks up against some of the other coolers we've tested at BCCHardware.

 

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So the results are in and the SpinQ VT has been able to hold its own against the other cooler we stacked it up against. The SpinQ VT didn't set any temperature records, however, it was able to keep up with most of the other coolers we tested and also offers a nice ~15 degree reduction over stock temps. Overall I would say I am pleasantly surprised at the results and I think the temperatures it offers makes it a good choice in the aftermarket cooling market.