Cooler Master V8 GTS Review

Author: Roger Cantwell
Editor: Howard Ha
Publish Date: Tuesday, July 16th, 2013
Originally Published on Neoseeker (http://www.neoseeker.com)
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With today's processors generating higher temperatures than those based on prior generation architectures, choosing the right cooler becomes more important than ever especially if you intend to overclock the CPU even a few MHz over the stock settings. While the stock coolers supplied by the CPU manufacturers will allow the chip to run at its intended specifications, you certainly aren't likely to squeeze any more performance out of it. This sets the stage for what brings us here today, as I will be taking a look at the latest CPU cooler offering from Cooler Master, the V8 GTS. Like its predecessor, the V8 GTS is designed to offer maximum cooling efficiency for today's CPUs while sporting a stylish new design.

Let's take a quick look at the packaging for Cooler Master's latest bad boy. The front includes a brief description on some of the features found on the V8 GTS, for instance the Vapor Chamber technology, Triple Phase Tower and Self Lubricating Bearing system. If we spin the package around you will find additional information regarding the V8 GTS in multiple languages, as well as the dimensions of the cooler itself. For a more detailed specifications list you can check the left hand side of the package, or simply sneak a peek at them below.

Specifications:

V8 GTS
 
Part Number
RR-V8VC-16PR-R1
Product Name
V8 GTS
CPU Socket
Intel Socket LGA 2011/1366/1156/1150/775
AMD Socket FM2/FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2
Dimensions
154 x 149.8 x 166.5 mm (6.1 x 5.9 x 6.6 inch)
Heat Sink Dimensions
154 x 140 x 153.5 mm (6.1 x 5.5 x 6.0 inch)
Heat Sink Material
Vapor Chamber Base / 8 Heat Pipes / Aluminum Fins
Heat Sink Weight
854 g
Heat Pipe Dimensions
Ø6 mm
Fan Dimensions
Ø140*20 mm 2PCS
Fan Speed (10-100% PWM Duty)
600 – 1,600 RPM (PWM) ± 10%
Fan Air Flow
28~82 CFM ± 10%
Fan Air Pressure
0.3~1.45 H²O ± 10%
Fan Life Expectancy
160.000 Hours
Noise Level
36 dBA
Bearing Type
4th Generation Bearing
Connector
4-Pin
Rated Voltage
12 VDC
Rated Current
0.31 A
Power Consumption
0.372 W
Fan Weight
110*2 (g)
Weight
1140 (g)
Remark
 ** Tested and certified under a safety current of 0.32 A

Now its time to dissect the V8 GTS and take a closer look at the individual parts. Let's start by taking a look at the outside of the V8 GTS. As you can see, Cooler Master didn't stray to far from the original design used on the V8 (RR-UV8-XBU1-GP) when it comes to looks, as both share a black and chrome finish with the Cooler Master logo up top. The V8 GTS sports a rounded look over the classic V8 box shape, with the cooling fans once again having been placed inside the outer fin arrays. Adding to the overall style are the red LEDs that run across the top of the V8 GTS and fans.

The fan shrouds on the V8 GTS overlap the top of the fin arrays; this should allow for an increase in air intake, therefore increasing the cooling performance of the V8 GTS quite a bit. The fans are held in place by two Phillips head screws allowing for easy removal and offering easy access to the triple cooling towers for cleaning and dust removal.

 

Cooler Master's V8 GTS uses a triple tower design with aluminum cooling fins that allows for better clearance should you happen to be running memory with high profile heatspreaders. Taking a quick look at the heatpipes on the V8 GTS, we can see that the outer cooling fin array have two heatpipes that begin in the base and pass through the cooling fins. The center cooling tower meanwhile utilizes a total of four heatpipes passing through the base and run up through the cooling cooling fins.

Unlike many other coolers on the market, Cooler Master's HVC (Horizontal Vapor Chamber) technology is designed to distribute the thermal load across the heatpipes. In theory this should offer an increase in cooling performance when compared to other coolers.

Part of the driving force behind Cooler Master's V8 GTS cooling performance are two 140mm PWM cooling fans with a minimum ~ maximum rotational speed of 600 ~ 1600 rpm. This will allow users to adjust the V8 GTS' cooling performance and noise level to better suit their individual needs.

The pack of accessories contains everything needed to mount Cooler Master's V8 GTS on all of today's latest motherboard sockets, including Intel's newest socket 1150 (for Haswell).

Cooler Master's V8 GTS will be put to the test by running our test system for 30 minutes using Prime95's small FFT for the CPU. The last stage will be a 30 minute cool-down period for the idle temperatures. The highest load temperatures are recorded using HW Monitor. All fans will be running at 100% rotation speed throughout testing.

Hardware Configuration:

Comparison Coolers:

Results:


 

Overall performance of Cooler Master's V8 GTS was a little lower than I expected, especially taking into account its Triple Tower design, Horizontal Vapor Chamber and twin 1600rpm fans. Of course it was pitted against some stiff competition; it is still solid performer and one I would definitely use. However it would be interesting to see if the stock fans could be exchanged for either static pressure or high airflow fans, and what effect that would have on the cooling performance. Another possibility that may shave a few Celsius off the numbers would be using an aftermarket thermal paste.

As far as looks go, the V8 GTS is one of the best looking coolers I have seen in a while. When compared to Cooler Master's classic V8 I must admit I prefer the rounded look of the V8 GTS. Then you have the black and chrome finish mixed with the red LEDs that give off a great lighting effect inside the case. For those of you who have a case with a red and black color scheme, the V8 GTS will definitely complement your setup.

In the end Cooler Master's V8 GTS is priced in the upper echelon of air coolers thanks its MSRP of $99.99. For some individuals the performance may not justify the price, especially when there are lower cost alternatives that perform just as well.

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