The V8 GTS is really the best of all worlds. You get much better than average performance out of the cooler, and it isn't the typical tower cooler that looks plain and boring, but rather a very unique design that will look good in any build, especially all of those red and black themed builds out there. Having the idea to use so many heat pipes needs a new way of thinking as to how to deliver the heat into each of them, and with the Horizontal Vapor Chamber, it not only looks good, but it is super efficient at getting the heat from the CPU and into the flow of the pair of 140mm fans.
There are a lot of features that make the V8 GTS an obvious choice - like aesthetics, uniqueness, performance, even the massive amount of memory clearance, but that is not to say there aren't little things that need considered. Mounting the cooler is largely a pain in the butt, but once you go through the trouble of mounting the V8 GTS, you can be sure the cooler will go nowhere, as it really becomes one with the motherboard. There is also the noise factor to take into consideration. While most times with the PWM covering your cooling needs, you won't see the high results I got with my overclocked runs, but nevertheless, at 58dB the cooler is quite loud and is something you will have to deal with. The last thing was found when I actually powered the cooler. I had some issues getting the fans in and out at first, but didn't think much of it. Come to find out, that hit the cooler took in transit actually bent in the first pre-cooler stack, and the fan did rub on the fins until I adjusted said fin stack. Just little things, that aren't great detractors of a purchase, but just things I thought you should be aware of.
In the end, even though there are more efficient solutions to buy at $100, the Cooler Master V8 GTS still wins me over. While not the greatest performer on the list, placing in the top ten air cooling solutions I have tested is no easy accomplishment. As I said, you can get better cooling, but nothing that looks this good, and as a point of fact, with the Thermalright coolers listed, as well as a few of the others, memory clearance is a definite issue with those. As for the Thermaltake and Noctua solutions, they are cheaper, but none of them look as good as the V8 GTS will in your rig. I do think this cooler could seek much better at a price point near $80, but that huge vapor chamber along with a triple set of fin stacks, while still offering users great access to their memory is still a commendable feat, even if a touch on the pricy side of things.
At the end of all of the thought and consideration, I really do think Cooler Master is stepping up their game since the original concept of the V8, as well as improving on what the TPC 812 had to offer, and if you can afford this cooler, I know you are going to love it once installed in your PC.
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- 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]
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