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Thermaltake SpinQ Heatsink Review
Thermaltake SpinQ Heatsink Review
Abstract: Thermaltake's SpinQ heatsink is undeniably good looking. It stands 152mm tall and is made from nickel plated aluminum fins soldered over six copper heatpipes.

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Thermaltake   Cooling / Heatsinks   Jan 26, 2009   Max Page  

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360° View - Thermaltake SpinQ Heatsink

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The 80mm squirrel cage fan in the Thermaltake SpinQ heatsink spins at 1000-1600RPM. Power is supplied by a 3-pin motherboard fan header, while fan speed can be adjusted manually by the included fan speed controller. Six 6mm copper heatpipes are packed one next to the other at the base. Each aluminum fin is 20mm thick, 120mm in diameter. The central hole is 83mm across. The bulk of the SpinQ heatsink is elevated 35mm above the CPU, the heatsink itself stands 152mm tall.

Looking at the Thermaltake SpinQ heatsink from the side is surprising because you easily see right through it. The aluminum fins are 0.3mm thick, each fin is spaced 1.5mm apart. The copper base block is 3mm thick over the heatpipes.

The nickel plated copper base of the SpinQ heatsink measures 36x48mm. The surface is mirror smooth and mirror polished, all six heatpipes are soldered to it on the opposite side... but not very well. If the base is held up to a light, voids are visible between four of the six heatpipes and the copper base.

Base Finish and Flatness

Flipping a heatsink over to inspect the business end is often a simple indicator of overall cooler quality. More practically speaking, a heatsink is in many ways only as effective as the contact it makes with the processor - the flatter and smoother the better. Base finish is one of the criteria that Frostytech measure in the course of evaluating heatsinks, and it involves two distinct aspects. Surface Finish is the first; this is calculated with the aid of Surface Roughness Comparator that has a cross section of common machine surface finishes and their numerical surface roughness equivalents in microinches. The second is Surface Flatness. This is tested with an engineers straight edge or proven flat surface, in two axis.

The base of the Thermaltake SpinQ heatsink is perfectly flat in one axis, and very slightly convex in the opposite, mostly just over the center line. The nickel-plated copper base has a mirror smooth finish, surface roughness is ~4 microinches or better, which is excellent.

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 1:  Thermaltake SpinQ Heatsink Review
 2: — 360° View - Thermaltake SpinQ Heatsink
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