Cooler Master V10 Reviewgotdamojo06 - February 16, 2009
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To properly test the Cooler Master V10 CPU Cooler's ability to cool a processor, I will need to monitor the processor's temperature. I will break the temperatures up into four different tests. The first test is going to be done at stock settings and at idle, which will have little to no CPU usage. The next test will have the processor at stock settings and at full load, or 100% CPU usage. I will repeat this when the processor is overclocked. To monitor the processor, I will be using Real Temp 3.00 and using the Maximum CPU temperature feature to gather the temperatures and for the stress testing application to simulate a full load of the processor I will be using Prime95 25.7. I will be using the Blend test in Prime95 and run it on all four cores and the four simulated Hyper Threading cores for one whole hour. The settings used during the overclocked tests are going to make the i7 processor run at 25% higher than stock speeds, giving me 3332MHz, with a 166MHz FSB and a 20x multiplier; the vCore for the processor will be set to 1.12V. With these settings the i7 will be producing a calculated 183.12 Watts of heat. Let's see which coolers are going to be able to take such a large heat load and yield some good temperatures!
- Processor: Intel i7 920 (Stock & 3.33GHz)
- Motherboard: MSI Eclipse SLI
- Memory: Mushkin HP3 12800 7-7-7-20
- Video Card: Nvidia Geforce GTX 260
- Power Supply: Mushkin 800w Modular Power Supply
- Hard Drive: Seagate 1TB SATA
- Optical Drive: Lite-on DVD-RW
- Case: Cooler Master Cosmos S
- OS: Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit
- Ambient Temperature: 21° Celsius
NOTE: Some of the listed heatsinks were originally tested using a different processor, however they have recently been retested to gather new data after we switched to the i7 920. The new temperatures are represented in the graphs below.
- Heatsink: Cooler Master V10
- Heatsink: Noctua NH-U12P SE
- Heatsink: Gelid Silent Spirit
- Heatsink: Stock Intel HSF
Wow, what is there to say other than the fact that the Cooler Master V10 is a winner? It was able to beat the other four coolers that it was put up against, with the exception of the Noctua NH-U12P SE during the Stock Load test. I was surprised when I saw temperatures around 60°C when the 920 was overclocked to 3.33GHz! With the heat generated by the IMC and CPU cores, an efficient cooling solution is required.