Cooler Master V8 GTS CPU Cooler Review
Typically heatsink design cycles are long, drawn out affairs and Cooler Master’s V-series is proof positive of that. Their all-new $99 V8 GTS is a mixture of old and new ideas blended together, resulting in an extremely innovative take on how a heatsink should interact with the CPU. Innovation is key here since air-based cooling solutions seem to have reached something of a plateau, without the possibility of any major advancements unless some extreme steps are taken. In designing the V8 GTS, Cooler Master may be giving us a glimpse at what the next generation of CPU cooling could look like.
The original V8 used a unique design which relied on a single fan alongside an odd combination of large and small cooling towers. This resulted in a heatsink that performed well, but its overall temperatures didn’t quite live up to most enthusiasts’ expectations. The V8 GTS is a different beast altogether since it utilizes a much larger, smarter, ‘triple’ tower design which combines the highlight elements from the V8 and V6 GT into one cooler and then added in some new technology.
One of the major changes in the V8 series’ metamorphosis is size. The GTS has been upsized for increased surface area and can now accept and properly utilize larger 140mm fans. A mere size augmentation will never be able to offer significantly improved cooling performance so Cooler Master added what they call a HVC or ‘Horizontal Vapor Chamber’. This represents the one of the first non-GPU uses of a baseplate vapor chamber and it should allow the V8 GTS to efficiently remove heat from the CPU’s IHS.
Unfortunately, Cooler Master’s pricing will seem a bit high to many. At $99, the V8 GTS is some $ 20 more than Noctua’s excellent NH-U12S and $10 more than the NH-U14S. It also lines up shoulder to shoulder with Corsair’s Hydro H90 all in one water cooling unit and costs just $10 less than an H100. These simple numbers could put the GTS onto particularly slippery ground since its competitors are well established, highly respected and provide some excellent performance numbers.
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