Cooler Master V8 Reviewgotdamojo06 - October 2, 2008
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When we get the Cooler Master V8 pulled out of its packaging, you'll notice that it is very large, as well as very complicated looking. The front, as well as the back, look very similar. The two sides of the cooler look very similar to each other, also. Taking a look at the front and the back, you are able to see that the cooler is made up of four different aluminum fin arrays, which will allow more room for heat to be removed from the processor. You can also see that there is a 120mm fan located in the center of the cooler to help cool the fins from the center. When you take a look at the two sides of the cooler, you see exactly how the different fin arrays are set up to create a very fine space for air to be pulled or pushed out from. From this side, you are also able to see how the heatpipes are set up. There are two going to the fin arrays off to the side, and four going to the two inner fin arrays.
The top of the cooler has a large black piece of plastic that covers the entire top, this is to help keep the air flowing in the direction that it needs to, as well as to keep the center fan in place. The Cooler Master badge is in the center, with the V8 logo off to the bottom. The way it's setup makes it look like the plastic protective covers over modern day motors in cars, hence the name, V8. The bottom of the cooler is where all of the heatpipes connect to the base, as well as where the mounting brackets are screwed in. The base of the cooler looks very flat and has been polished.
The next part of the cooler that I want to take a nice good look at is the active cooling solution, the large 120mm fan and it's housing. There are four screws with an alan wrench hole on them to remove the housing. Once you have it removed, you can tell that the fan is held in place from the top, which makes sure that it will not move out of the way during operation, maintaining a very steady airflow. There are two different wires coming from the fan. These two wires are the power wire, which is in the 4-pin PWM configuration. There is also a fan controller that is attached directly to the fan. The fan is a Cooler Master A12025-20RB-4DP-F1 and colored black with red LEDs, which is a different choice than other heatsinks that are out there, not better, not worse.
When you remove the fan and the mounting hardware for it, you can see the overall heatsink design quite a bit better. There are two tall towers that are positioned upright with six of the eight heatpipes going directly to these towers. There are two more heatsink arrays that are set out behind the first two in a 90 degree angle, creating a netting look when viewed from the side. The two side heatsinks have two dedicated heatpipes delivering the heat from the processor.
Now that we know exactly what the heatsink looks like and it's overall design, it's time to take a look at what the specifications of this monster are!