Let's see how the Thermaltake SpinQ performed against other CPU coolers.
At normal operation with stock voltages, the Intel Core i7-920 processor produces enough heat. The Intel stock cpu cooler kept the temperature at 58 degrees Celsius under full load. The Thermaltake SpinQ managed to lower the temperature down to 51 degrees C. Although this is a good performance, other coolers were more efficient:
We increased the CPU voltage and as a result, our Intel Core-i7 920 reached the 3.60GHz and the produced heat was higher. Here is a strong test that the Thermaltake SpinQ has to pass in order to convince that it deserves its money.
The Intel stock cooler gave us around 90 degrees C, while the Thermaltake SpinQ managed to get the cpu temperature down to 73 degrees C. If you look at our chart, the SpinQ is found in the middle of the ranking table. We also see that lower priced coolers managed to keep the CPU temperature even lower:
What about the noise? The Intel stock cooler is the very quiet and the measurement showed just 37dB. The Thermaltake SpinQ produced 49dB at full RPM and around 43dB at the lowest allowed RPM:
As always, price matters. The following table has the information needed for your convenience. Priced at $60, the Thermaltake SpinQ will cost you more than other solutions such as the excellent Scythe Mugen 2 that costs just $32 and offers a greater performance.