The Thermaltake SpinQ VT comes shipped in a colorful retail box, tightly packed in soft foam to prevent any damage to the fins. Previously we have seen some of their aluminum-finned coolers arrive with mangled edges, so between the packaging and the copper material, hopefully this cooler has arrived in better shape. The accessories include a picture install guide, detailed specification and warranty, some Thermaltake thermal paste and three sets of mounting clips to service Intel 775/1156/1366 and AMD 754/939/AM2/+/3 socket processors.
The shape of the fins between the original SpinQ and the new SpinQ VT is identical, a total of 50 sculpted rings, each turned slightly from the next gives it that twisted appearance. The blower style fan is mounted from the top and runs the 85mm length of the cooler. The heatpipes are spaced evenly around the circumference of the fins, and curve down into the center of the base. Notice along the top of the base are two parallel grooves, these align the AMD spring clip. Something I thought strange is the fan wires come out the top of the cooler instead of at the bottom.
All of the copper material of the SpinQ VT has been coated to prevent corrosion. This includes the bottom half of the base, the heatpipes and the fins. Only the top half of the base, which does not come in contact with the processor, is made of aluminum. This should help to ensure maximum heat transfer between components. Although the top few fins of the cooler may appear to be bent in places, this is due to the mounting screws for the fan pulling the blades close together.
Just like the original SpinQ fan, the SpinQ VT boasts a voltage regulator dial to adjust the fan speed between 1000 and 1600 RPM. Although Thermaltake doesn't list an airflow range for these speeds, this does translate into a noise rating between 19dB to 28dB. The finish on the base is pretty good, although Thermaltake claims a "mirror coating" there is still a touch of bluriness seen in the penny reflection test. But over the years of testing various CPU coolers here at OCIA.net we have certainly seen worse!