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
There are two cables leading from the fan hub, and they're both sleeved in an attractive black material and secured with heatshrink. The first terminates in a 3-pin fan connector, so it's obvious that the fan doesn't support PWM control. In lieu of PWM, Thermaltake supplies an integral speed controller with which the user can tune fan speed within its 1000 to 1600 RPM range.
With the centrifugal fan removed, we can get a better idea of just how big this fan is. You can also get some appreciation of the fin design and spacing. With such tight spacing, a powerful fan is needed to take advantage of the design.
An aluminum cap acts in concert with the copper base to secure the heatpipes and provide efficient heat transfer. This photo also shows off the fin design to good effect.
The base has a dead flat, mirror finish. While flatness is crucial for good cooling, the polished finish is of less importance. It does, however demonstrate Thermaltake's dedication to top-notch fit and finish and inspires confidence in the overall quality.
Compared to the OEM Intel cooler, the SpinQ isn't overly huge, but will definitely make an impression in a windowed case. I'm excited to see the SpinQ in action, so let's move on to the installation section of this review.