Remembering back to when I tested the V10 and the V6, I knew then that Cooler Master wasn't afraid to push the boundaries of what we would consider "normal" in air coolers for your CPU. Back in that time, they were experimenting with TEC assisted cooling, like what was delivered in the V10, and they were also very keen to supply all of the V-series coolers with a black plastic shroud hoping to inspire the look of an engine sitting in the middle of your PC. A few things that stick to every cooler in the series is that you will find aggressive styling with angular lines and red LED lighting, the black, red, and silver coloring of each of them, and that most of these coolers, minus the V8, shipped with a pair of fans to help remove more heat than the typical solutions from other manufacturers.
Getting back to why we are here today, we are about to see the latest take on the V8 released a couple years ago. With the V8 there were four towers of fins, a staggering eight heat pipes and 180W TDP support. The design team over at Cooler Master thought to themselves what would happen if we took the Vapor Chamber technology we were working on with the TPC coolers, and try that in the V-series? They also took considerations with the design to allow for much better memory clearance, and have also included a new hardware kit to mount this new design, but honestly, these are some of the more mundane things about this new cooler.
Cooler Master brought us here today to look at the V8 GTS. This refresh of an old design has been completely redesigned from head to toe with just hints of the original V8. Four towers have been reduced to three, the single fan of the V8 has been doubled so that the V8 GTS has plenty of air flow, it keeps eight heat pipes, but his time offers a TDP of 250W since the Horizontal Vapor Chamber used in this design allows hot spots from the CPU to even out, and also allows all eight pipes a way to transfer the heat since eight pipes in a base is way too large to work on a CPU IHS.
I am pretty sure that with this list of features and the newer heat rating, we may very well be looking at the new top dog from Cooler Master, but you will just have to continue reading to find that out.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 3 [Packaging]
- Page 4 [Cooler Master V8 GTS CPU Cooler]
- Page 5 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 6 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 7 [The Test System and Thermal Results]
- Page 8 [Noise Level Results]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]