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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The V8 GTS is an interesting cooler. It’s got big 140mm fans and three separate towers arranged in such a way that they give great RAM clearance.
Installation was simple up until the final step. Depending on your motherboard’s heat sink layout this can get pretty tricky.
The red LEDs and unique styling may not be for everyone, but then again it may be perfect for some.
Overall the V8 GTS is a good cooler. It’s got great styling, great lighting and good performance. Installation is tricky only at the final step; however, the rest of the install is flawless. Under stock clocks it performed very well with a minimum amount of noise, but under a moderate overclock it seemed to fall behind just a little.
The fans noise is clearly audible yet subdued with more of a lower-toned growl than a high-toned jet-like sound. While the numbers look pretty good the price is a tad on the high side. Looking back through the list of coolers I’ve tested I can find a few that performed better yet cost less, the SilverStone AR01 comes to mind here. But the AR01 lacks RAM clearance and crazy good styling, so it’s a toss-up really. The V8 GTS is by no means a bad cooler. It’s got potential. I just think that it needs to be refined just a tad bit more, especially for its price tag. The V8 GTS can be found over at Amazon.com for $99.99 and comes with a 2-year warranty. I feel good giving the V8 GTS our good hardware award.