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Cooler Master V8 GTS CPU Cooler Review - Specifications, Availability and Pricing

Cooler Master V8 GTS CPU Cooler Review
Cooler Master adds yet another air cooler to the V-series today - this time with the V8 GTS. Let's take a close look at it and what it offers.
| CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 16, 2013 4:01 am
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: Cooler Master

Specifications, Availability and Pricing

 

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As you can see by scanning the chart provided by Cooler Master above, the V8 GTS will accommodate any Intel socket since LGA775, and will do the same with AMD since socket AM2. Overall the cooler is 154mm tall, 149.8mm wide and 166.5mm wide from intake to exhaust. The tower is comprised of a large plastic shroud, the Vapor Chamber, eight 6mm diameter copper heat pipes, and 45 aluminum fins in the main stack and 37 aluminum fins in each of the smaller stacks. In total, fans included, the V8 GTS weighs in at 854 grams, or just near two pounds.

 

The pair of fans that ship with this cooler are A14025-16CB-4FBP-F1 140mm fans that were made specifically for this cooler, since one of these fan frames even sports the V8 GTS name molded into it. These fans spin on the fourth generation of POM bearings, and are capable of speeds of 600 to 1600 RPM to allow you to dial in the noise levels. These 20mm thick fans are capable of delivering up to 82 CFM each, while pushing 1.45mmH20 of static pressure to try to get the air flow through all three fin stacks. Lastly these fans are PWM controlled, but they can draw up to 3.72W of power, so keep that in mind if you are using an average fan controller - you may exceed the channels capabilities.

 

There is an NDA on this product as I tested and wrote it up, and that expires today. I would assume you will be able to locate the cooler at that time only from Cooler Master directly, but within a week or two, the V8 GTS should start to arrive on shelves. With all that Cooler Master has incorporated into this cooler design, the price is a bit weighty and may be a little tough to bear for some.

 

I am told that the MSRP has been set to $99.99, and while a few locations may stick to that number, expect others to do a bit of gouging to take the price well over $100 even before taxes or shipping has been applied. The real question now, is can it hang with other $100 air cooling solutions, or was that money spent to make it look pretty instead? Let's find out over the next few pages.

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