Reviews and Problems with Cooler Master V8 GTS (RR-V8VC-16PR-R1)
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Cooler Master V8 GTS Review
27 February 2014
Excerpt: When it comes to keeping your CPU cool under pressure, it’s hard to beat a closed-loop liquid cooler (CLC). They’re on the expensive side, though, so there’s still plenty of room at $50 and below for conventional air cooling. What, then, do we make of an air cooler with an MSRP of $100? It’s gotta be pretty fancy to command that kind of scratch, and the Cooler Master V8 GTS sure seems like a contender.
Pros: Sleek looks; plays well with high-profile RAM.
Summary: The Cooler Master V8 GTS Air CPU Cooler like the previous V8 line, is a winner. It sports eight 6mm heatpipes, two LED 140mm fans, many aluminum fins and comes with a smooth baseplate with vapor chamber technology. This thing is a beast!
Excerpt: Remembering back to when I tested the V10 and the V6, I knew then that Cooler Master wasn't afraid to push the boundaries of what we would consider "normal" in air coolers for your CPU. Back in that time, they were experimenting with TEC assisted cooling, like what was delivered in the V10, and they were also very keen to supply all of the V-series coolers with a black plastic shroud hoping to inspire the look of an engine sitting in the middle of your PC.
Conclusion: Overall, the V8 GTS CPU Cooler is something new and refreshing. It includes two pre-installed 140mm self-lubricating fans with ultra durable POM bearings that make the entire cooler glow a demonic dark red. This cooler has dimensions of 154mm x 149.8mm x 166.5mm and a 6mm diameter. At a weight of 2.5lbs it weighs .2lbs less than it’s rival, the Noctua NH-D14. It has a vapor chamber, 8 heat pipes, and aluminum fins.
Summary: The Cooler Master V8 GTS is really impressive. Its specifications are amazing: three heatsinks, two 140 mm fans, eight heatpipes, and a vapor chamber base. It also looks impressive, with the black “armor” and red LEDs everywhere.
But the cooling performance in our tests was a little disappointing. Not that it performs badly; it actually performed as well as the best air coolers we tested so far.
Conclusion: Catching an initial glimpse of V8 GTS, it’s quite clear Cooler Master’s intention with this CPU cooler is on high-performance. Adopting a unique physical appearance, GTS is Cooler Master’s most resilient attempt at air cooling but has it been a triumph? There is no denying that GTS is distinct in both its engineering and styling.
Pros: + Distinct visual appearance, + LED lighting, + Compatible with numerous sockets, + Good memory clearance for tall kits
Excerpt: Cooler Master have never been ones to shy away from innovation and "full on" aesthetics. With the V8 GTS Cooler Master hope to mimic both the power and performance of the Muscle cars, by putting a huge V8 block as the engine into the heart of your PC. Engine analogies aside the V8 GTS is certainly a huge piece of kit, measuring 166.5mm end to end and 154mm across. It is though only 149.8mm in height which should serve to increase case compatibility.