Cooler Master V8 Reviewgotdamojo06 - October 2, 2008
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The Cooler Master V8 CPU Cooler, what is there to say about this mammoth of a cooler? Well for starters, I would like to recap the performance of this cooler, as it was able to keep a 1° difference between it's stock and overclocked idle temperatures, and gain only 18° on the full load temperatures between the stock and overclocked speeds. The Cooler Master V8 was also able to beat out every single CPU cooler (including the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme) that it was paired against. It may not have been by a landslide, but a few degrees here, and a few degrees there is always a great thing for an overclocker/enthusiast to achieve, as it will allow us to get more out of our hardware. The sheer size of the V8 not only was a good thing as it was able to completely house a 120mm fan in the center of it, but it also was a slight downside, as the cooler almost did not fit inside of my Cooler Master Cosmos S, which seems to be quite deep and hold most coolers. I was not very pleased with the mounting hardware that came with the Cooler Master V8, it required me to remove the entire motherboard from the chassis to accommodates a new backing plate. While most other coolers that are on the market share a very similar universal socket 775 mounting plate on the back, this did not. It was not all bad for the mounting hardware on the V8, I did like how sturdy the new mounting plate made the V8, and how well it seemed to hold it in place. The innovative design of the V8 is also a great positive for the cooler, it took a total of eight heatpipes to make the entire cooler work as needed, as well as took that many to keep it all held together. I was somewhat skeptical as to how well the cooler would hold up under a longer duration of time with the "mesh" look to the intake and exhaust sides of the cooler for air to flow, as it looked somewhat restrictive. However, it was able to hold up just fine. The multi-platform design adds an extra value to the cooler, not only if you are looking for a cooler to cool your Socket 775 system, but if you ever decide to go with an AMD based socket AM2 or older system, you would still be able to use that cooler.
Overall, I was very impressed with this cooler, the design was magnificent and the performance was much better than I was expecting it to be. I would suggest that anyone who is looking for a new cooling solution to try this cooler out, or to anyone looking to begin down the overclocking road. This cooler should be able to not only keep your processor cool, but also make your case look great with it's red glow.
- 120mm Fan
- Mounting Hardware (sturdy)
- Innovative design
- 8 Heatpipes!
- Multi platform Design
- Mounting hardware (pain)
- Size (May not fit in all cases)