Cooler Master V10 Reviewgotdamojo06 - February 16, 2009
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Taking the first look at the Cooler Master V10 CPU cooler, you are going to see exactly how large it actually is. There are two sections of the cooler that are very important to its intended usage. There is the main section that cools the processor directly above the base, and then there is a section that extends over the RAM sticks that is going to provide even more cooling to them than their stock heatspreaders. The V10 has an external casing that allows it to look more pleasing to the eyes, but it serves another purpose, directing the airflow inside of the cooler to make sure the air flows over all of the fins and heatpipes located inside of the cooler. The part that extends over the RAM sticks has its own 120mm fan to suck fresh air from inside the case and blow it directly down on them. Sitting on top of the base of the cooler is where you are going to find a black plastic piece that has some wires coming out of it, this is the power supply for the TEC unit that is located on the back side of the cooler that has its own dedicated four heatpipes to add extra cooling when the CPU begins to warm up to temperatures that are not desired and that will harm the processor itself. There are six more heatpipes that travel from the base and go out to the fins that are located inside of the black casing to transfer the heat that is coming off of the IHS and dissipated properly. There is another large 120mm fan that is sitting inside of the V10 cooler right behind the V10 logo that is visible from the back view; this is going to ensure that there is adequate airflow inside of the cooler to cool all of the fins.
Taking a look at the base is the best way to see all of the parts that make up the TEC unit that is installed on the V10. There is the TEC itself that is mounted on the four heatpipes that are traveling upwards off the base of the cooler. There is the small plastic box that is sitting atop the base of the cooler that converts the power coming into it from the power supply into the proper wattage needed for the TEC. There is also the large 120mm fan that I wanted to take a look at that covers the RAM sticks. There is a wire mesh-like grill that covers the top of it to keep any dust from collecting inside of it and blocking the spaces between the fins of the heatsink located under the fan.
The base of the Cooler Master V10 is a copper base that is nickel coated to ensure that it has a flat surface with little to no imperfections to ensure proper heat transfer from the IHS of the processor to the cooler. I installed one bracket from both the LGA1366 and the LGA775 kits to show you the difference in sizes of the sockets and to show you that they are almost the same piece. The one located on the left hand side is the LGA1366 while the smaller one on the right is the LGA775 piece.
I decided to show you what the V10 looks like without the black casing installed on it; this will give you an idea of how the three seperate fin arrays are steup and how the fans are positioned inside of the casing. There are two fin arrays that stand straight up off of the base that are separated by a 120mm fan, very similar to the design of the V8 cooler Cooler Master launched about a year ago that worked quite well. Instead of having two more vertical fin arrays on either side of the exisiting two, Cooler Master decided to make the fins thicker and add a third laying horizontally to cover the RAM modules and lay a fan on top to add more airflow. Neither one of the fans are screwed in place, the one in the center has spreaders on it to make sure that it does not go anywhere; however, the other one is just sitting there and is held in place by the plastic covering.
The two fans that are included with the Cooler Master V10 are both 120x120x25mm fans that operate at 800~2400 RPM and produce 90CFM of airflow with a 2.94mm H20 air pressure. They use Riffle Bearings and operate around 17dBA for an estimated 40,000 hours at 25°C. They are powered up by a single 4-pin PWM power connector that needs to be plugged into the fan header located on the motherboard. The two fans are connected to each other and powered by the same power connector. I am also going to show you a picture of the 4-pin Molex connector that the TEC power supply uses to get power from your power supply, it looks exactly like any other 4-pin Molex connector you may have inside your computer for a case fan.
The V10 covers just about the entire PCB of the motherboard from one side to the other, though that just means that it is going to be able to pull off the most heat it can!
Now that we know exactly how the Cooler Master V10 cooler was constructed and how it is set up, it's time to put the thing up to the rigorous testing and see how it compares to the others out on the market.