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  • ThermalTake SpinQ VT Heatsink Review
  • ThermalTake SpinQ VT Heatsink Review


    Product Design and Features

    Due to the easy to use OEM style retention clips the installation method is no different than any Intel OEM cooler.  Simply attach the retention clips, apply some thermal paste to the processor, and attach the cooler.  It is best to secure the cooler using a diagonal X pattern to ensure proper thermal paste spreading and reduce board warp.

    Installation on the A64 platform is a little different, instead of the Intel OEM retention clips you have a single pressure clip similar to the one found on the OEM heatsinks.
    The heatsink comes with mounting hardware for both A64 and 1366/1156/775 processor platforms.  You will notice that the SpinQ VT comes with 2 sets of brackets for the Intel platform, one for 775 and the other for 1366 and 1156. 

    Clips for the 1366 and 1156 adjust so to match up with the motherboard configuration.  While this adjustment is rather convenient it does require that you to line them up completely before locking them in place.
    The copper base has been plated to a mirror finish and appears to be free of flaws.
    For those of you that don't know much about squirrel cage blowers the spinning fins move air from the center of the fan outwards with the help of centrifugal force.  The faster the fan spins the more air it can move.  Blade depth plays a part in how much air can be moved although smaller blades tend to work the best.  Traditional blowers completely encase the fan and then direct the air out into a particular direction.  In the case of the SpinQ the air is free to blow out in any direction.  This is helpful since most motherboards have PWM coolers that are designed to work with the CPU fan.