Cooler Master V8 GTS
WHAT WE LIKED:Good looks, lots of RAM clearance, relatively low noise at high RPM.
WHAT WE DISLIKED:Tricky to install, price, expected a bit more performance from it.
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A Closer Look
The V8 GTS certainly has a unique look to it but it seems to have lost some of the engine-ish styling that their previous coolers had.
Looking at the left and right sides of the cooler you’ll notice they’re identical in terms of layout and styling.
Six screws total hold the fans and shrouding to the main tower assembly. With these parts removed we get a much better look at the overall layout of the V8 GTS. The center tower has four heat pipes going through it while two outrigger towers each have two heat pipes going into them.
The base of the cooler has Cooler Master’s Horizontal Vapor Chamber Technology which is essentially one large flat heat pipe for the base of the cooler. The idea behind this is to equally distribute the CPU’s heat across the cooler’s base and evenly onto each of the eight heat pipes for more efficient cooling.
The part of the base that contacts the CPU is machined perfectly flat but is not really cleaned up much more than that.
The two 140mm fans that come with the V8 GTS are special fans designed specifically for this cooler. There are only two screw holes for mounting. The nine S-shaped blades are reminiscent of the original Sickle Flow fans from Cooler Master a few years back.
Each fan has all-black wiring and is PWM-driven. There are four red LED’s on each fan as well, although they’re not in the four corners as you’d typically see on normal fans. There are actually two LED’s on each lower corner of the frame.
Each fan is rated for 0.4A at 12VDC.
The hardware included consists of mounting brackets for just about every late-model CPU socket, Intel and AMD specific back plates. There is also a small tube of Cooler Master’s own TIM.
Now that we’ve taken a good look at the V8 GTS let’s move on to the installation phase.