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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Our test setup is as follows:
- Biostar TZ77XE4 Motherboard
- Intel i7-3770k
- 8GB Mushkin Blackline DDR-3
- Enermax Platimax 1200W PSU
- Kingston 90GB SSD (OS)
- WD Blue 160GB HDD (storage)
- ASUS 24X DVD Burner
- HSPC Top Deck Tech Station
- Windows 7 64-bit fully updated
All tests are run using Arctic Silver Alumina thermal compound for comparison purposes. The CPU and heatsink is cleaned with Arctic Clean and Arctic Silver Alumina is reapplied. Tests are run at stock (3.5GHz [with 3.7GHz Turbo Boost]) and a moderate OC at 4.5GHz (no Turbo Boost). The system is left to idle for 30 minutes and a baseline temperature is recorded using CoreTemp. A Prime 95 blend test is then run for 30 minutes and the temps are recorded again. The recorded temperature is the average of the 4 cores. Since ambient temperatures can affect CPU temperature readings ambient temps are recorded during idle and full load testing. The ambient temperature is then subtracted from the recorded CPU temperatures resulting in a Delta T measurement, (or how many degrees above ambient the CPU cooler keeps the CPU). This levels the field for different ambient temperature tests.
Under stock clocks the V8 GTS performed very well, coming in at only 4.5ºC behind our leader. Let’s crank up the heat and see how it holds up.
Under a 4.5GHz overclock the V8 GTS fell behind a little bit. It by no means did horribly but there’s room for improvement. The fans were cranked up pretty well under this test and although they were clearly audible they weren’t annoyingly jet-engine loud which is great.
The lighting from the V8 GTS is pretty unique, with red coming from under the top cap like with the V6 GT and also emanating from each fan. The translucent shrouds over each fan subdue the LED’s output and make it look like a hot glowing engine.
Let’s wrap up this review with some final thoughts.