Reviews and Problems with Cooler Master V10 (RR-B2P-UV10-GP)
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Coolermaster V10 Hybrid T.E.C. CPU Cooler
22 December 2009
Excerpt: The V10 offers many more features than the V8. The first would be the additional capabilities of cooling your ram while taking care of the CPU. Sitting atop a second set of aluminum fins is a 120mm cooling fan when placed properly blows right over your DIMM slots. We saw this in the Gemini cooler as well. This kind of cooler eliminates the need to deal with extra fans for ram cooling. Yet the most beneficial feature of the V10, if used right, is the T.E.C. base.
Summary: The Cooler Master V10 Cooler is one of the best air coolers on the market and comes close in performance to water cooling. The heatsink is comprised of aluminum fins that connect to 10 heatpipes which connect into a solid base. This solid copper base is extremely smooth which allows excellent contact between it and the CPU. They also include a 70W Thermal Electric Cooler (TEC).
Summary: We a price tag of about one hundred and forty dollars the CoolerMaster is not a cheap cooler by any stretch of the imagination, but stop and think of what you are getting for your money and it turns out to be not that expensive overall. You are getting three different heatsinks with a total of 10-heatpipes and the toss in the six Thermal- Electrical Cooling devices and I can now easily see where the money went when it came time to build these units and I would image you...
Summary: Cooler Master V10 is a cooler of its own category. It's not fair to compare it air coolers, since the presence of a TEC gives it a great advantage. So, the manufacturer categorizes it as a "hybrid cooler". The TEC cooler is not user at full power all the time, but only when needed and with the required power level. When the CPU is idle, it works stealing low power from the power supply, with no water condensation and fans rotating very slowly.
Excerpt: The Cooler Master V10 is a monster. It weighs two pounds, 10 ounces, stands 6.3x9.3x5.1 inches, and contains one thermoelectric cooler, two fans, and two heatsinks: one on the CPU and one on the TEC. The TEC, which needs to be powered by a 4-pin Molex on a dedicated power lead, activates only when needed. The V10’s installation is the worst we’ve ever experienced.
Pros: Offers decent cooling. RAM fan is a bonus.
Cons: Outperformed in every way by cheaper, easier-to-install products.
Conclusion: This is a superb cooler if you are a overclocker and don’t want to bother with watercooling setups. It’s quite big and bulky and the fan is a tad to loud for my taste but it cools very well. It was not to horrible to install either although it’s big as I said earlier on several occasions so make sure you got enough space in your case and that your motherboard does not have big heatsinks on the bridges.
Conclusion: The CoolerMaster V10 is a great CPU cooler overall, it will do well at keeping your CPU and ram cool even in the hottest of environments and loads. Yes it is big, being so large it can make installation take longer and bit rather difficult. The V10 is not a cooler for small cases, and it won’t work if you’ve got a large chipset cooler or ram with large, tall heatsinks. These are things that you’ll need to take into account before purchasing.
Pros: Well made, Good cooling, Quiet
Cons: Large and heavy, Can be difficult to install
Summary: What can I say about the Coolermaster V10 Hybrid TEC CPU Cooler in terms of cooling performance? Well, it's not as impressive as I first imagined. I expected it to blow everything out of the water with its Hybrid TEC technology, but as it turns out ... it's no better than a good fan-based CPU cooler. I initially thought that the TEC was always activated and constantly on, but I was wrong.
Pros: - OK cooling performance, - Unique design, - First ever Hybrid TEC CPU cooler, - Supports Intel LGA1366 / AMD AM2+/AM3, - Dual 120mm LED fans, - Can help cool memory modules (if they're low profile)
Cons: - PRICE!, - Very large (might foul DIMM slots), - Hybrid TEC performance = negligible, - Looks (not to everyone's tastes)
Overall the Cooler Master V10 is a very nice cooler. It supplies a decent amount of cooling not only for the CPU, but for other surrounding components. Will most everyday users see the benefits of the V10? Probably not. With a price tag of $140 it certainly isn’t a cheap air cooler, but hardcore overclockers could see the benefits of the V10 with its cooling methods which include TEC.