Date: December 31st, 2008
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake USA
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
With everything unpacked, we can see that there's surprisingly few extra parts needed to provide the wide socket compatibility. While this is generally a good sign (I'm a big fan of simplicity,) I'll reserve judgment until I've seen the mounting solution in action. The good news is that both Intel and AMD users will be able to install this baby without removing the motherboard.
The copper base, heatpipes and aluminum fins all seem to be nickel-plated giving the entire cooler a uniform chrome-like finish. The six heatpipes are arranged radially around the inside perimeter of the fin array.
This diagram illustrates how air is drawn into the center of the centrifugal fan and forced out through the fins over the entire circumference off the finned array. This airflow scheme will also benefit components surrounding the socket, a very desirable feature on some modern boards.
The fifty fins are arranged in such a way that there are many intersecting surfaces forcing the air to meander its way through the fin array, picking up heat from the ‘pipes as it goes. The unique spiral look is pleasing to the eye, but a bit hard on the hands, and a bit of care is in order when handling the SpinQ by the fins.