Thermaltake SpinQ VT CPU Cooler Review

The following system was used in testing:
Case: NZXT Tempest
Motherboard: XFX 680i LT SLI
CPU: Q6600 @ 2.4 GHz
Memory: 2x2GB OCZ SLI Ready DDR2 800 MHz
CPU cooling:

Video Card: XFX 9800 GTX+ Black Edition

Tests were conducted under idle and load states. The computer was left to sit after 30 minutes after being turned on to check the idle temperature. The load temperature was found by running the latest version of Prime95 which supports multi-core CPUs by default. Temperatures were obtained through SpeedFan.

CPU Cooler Idle (°C) Load (°C)
Thermaltake SpinQ VT – High 27C 38C
Thermaltake SpinQ VT – Low 31C 43C
Titan Fenrir TTC-NK85TZ 37C 47C
Thermaltake TMG IA1 – High 36C 48C
Cooler master V8 – High 38C 50C
Cooler Master V10 39C 51C
Thermaltake ISGC-300 – High 39C 51C
Thermaltake TMG IA1 – Low 39C 52C
Cooler Master V8 – Low 41C 52C
Thermaltake MaxOrb EX – High 43C 53C
Thermaltake SpinQ – High 43C 57C
Noctua NH-C12P 41C 54C
Thermaltake ISGC-300 – Low 41C 54C
Cooler Master Hyper TX3 42C 54C
Cooler Master Hyper 212 44C 54C
Zalman CNPS9300 AT 41C 55C
Thermaltake ISGC-400 – High 42C 55C
GlacialTech Igloo 5610 Plus 43C 55C
Thermaltake MaxOrb EX – Low 45C 55C
Thermaltake ISGC-200 42C 57C
Thermaltake BigTyp 14 Pro – High 42C 58C
Vantec AeroFlow FX 120 43C 58C
Thermaltake ISGC-400 – Low 44C 58C
Thermaltake SpinQ – Low 45C 58C
Titan Cool Idol – High 44C 59C
Cooler Master GeminII S 45C 59C
Vantec AeroFlow FX 92 46C 60C
Thermaltake BigTyp 14 Pro – Low 42C 61C
AeroCool DCC-C900 45C 61C
Cooler Master Sphere 46C 61C
Xilence Xilent Blade Pro 47C 61C
Titan Cool Idol – Low 45C 62C
SilenX iXtrema – 2x Fans 44C 64C
Thermaltake ISGC-100 50C 65C
SilenX iXtrema – High 44C 66C
Thermaltake DuOrb 47C 67C
SilenX iXtrema – Low 45C 69C

The testing results provided some surprising results. The temperatures were significantly lower than any of the previous tests which lead me to think of some potential culprits: 1. I had to get a replacement motherboard (same motherboard) because my RAM slots died. 2. Tests were conducted on Windows 7 instead of Vista. 3. The SpinQ VT is really that good. Either way we’ll have to see our next CPU cooler test to see if the SpinQ VT is really that good or if it was only due to some alterations in my case.