First, we will take a look at the results with the test system running at the stock settings. The V8 cooled our Q6600 quad core to an average core temp of 44.75*C under full load with the fan on high. With the fan on low the V8 cooled the Q6600 to an average core temp of 47.25*C.
Now with the test system overclocked to 3.0GHz, the V8 is still doing very well with the fan on high. With the high setting the V8 cooled the Q6600 to an average core temp of 46.75*C, and with the fan on low, an average core temp of 48.25*C was achieved.
The V8 from Cooler Master is a very unique looking cooler that performs quite well. In the cooler world today it is getting harder to tell one tower cooler from another. This is not the case with the V8. With its crazy heatpipe bends and the fan shroud it makes the cooler stand out. Combined with the fact it really can perform, to me this makes the V8 a very attractive cooler.
The fan for the V8 is a love/hate type of setup for me. I like the fact the fan has a controller for it; hate the fact that it is hard wired to the fan itself. This makes replacing the fan difficult, if needed. The LEDs on the fan shroud are nice as they draw your eyes to the cooler if you run a side window, and you should as it’s too cool not to show off, but I would be just as happy if they were not there. With the fan on high the sound level was noticeable if my head was right next to the case. On low the fan was not noticeable at all.
The V8 is a very nice cooler as you can use it for both LGA775 and LGA1366 with an optional mount bracket kit. Why is this nice? Well, if you drop $55-70 (depending on where you shop) on this cooler you’re going to want to use it as long as you can. With the availability of the LGA1366 bracket kit from Cooler Master you can buy the cooler for your current rig and transfer it to your Core i7 rig.
We have to give the Cooler Master V8 CPU Cooler the innovation award as we have never seen a design like this. It also seems that this unique modular fin arrangement has something going for it as the V8 CPU Cooler did better than most of the coolers we have tested in the past.
Legit Bottom Line: The V8 CPU cooler from Cooler Master is one of the most unique looking coolers I have looked at in the last year, and it performs as good as it looks.