Cooler Master V8 CPU Cooler Review

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Installing the V8

Cooler Master V8 CPU Cooler mounting hardware

Everything needed is provided to mount the cooler to your LGA775 or AM2 socket. There is also an optional LGA1366 bracket kit that will allow the V8 to be used with the new Core i7 CPUs.

Cooler Master V8 CPU Cooler installation

I’ll be setting the cooler up to be used on our Intel test system. The first step is to install the mounting studs to the LGA brackets. The mounting studs attach to the brackets with a left hand thread, so you’re not crazy when you have to turn the screw the “wrong way” to tighten it.

Cooler Master V8 CPU Cooler installation

Once you have the mounting studs installed you have to install foam insulators on each.

Cooler Master V8 CPU Cooler installation

Then you have to attach the brackets to the cooler base with 2 screws each.

Cooler Master V8 CPU Cooler installation

Then, all that is left is to mount the cooler to the board, place the backing plate, and secure it all with 4 hex nuts. Now this is the one part that is similar to installing a real V8; you might want to get a second set of hands. It can be done without help, but it gets very interesting balancing the board on the cooler and all while trying to start 4 hex nuts.

Cooler Master V8 CPU Cooler installation

At first I thought that the provided socket would not work as it is wider than the backing plate. With a little patience it does tighten up and there is just enough engagement between the nut and socket to get the job done.

Cooler Master V8 CPU Cooler installed

Here we have the V8 installed in our Intel test bench. The V8 clears all the motherboard components with ease and room to spare. The fan control also mounted easily into the expansion slot just above the video card.

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