Cooler Master V4 GTS CPU Cooler (Heatsink) Review

The V4 GTS is one of Cooler Master’s higher range of cooler.

Cooler Master V4 GTS CPU Cooler (Heatsink) Review

The Heatsink

Nicely covered on the top, no unsightly stubs.

Cooler Master V4 GTS CPU Cooler (Heatsink) Review

Cooler Master V4 GTS CPU Cooler (Heatsink) Review

Cooler Master V4 GTS CPU Cooler (Heatsink) Review

The fan comes with a nice clipping mechanism for easy mount / dismount.

Cooler Master V4 GTS CPU Cooler (Heatsink) Review

Cooler Master V4 GTS CPU Cooler (Heatsink) Review

Heatsink with fans detached.

Cooler Master V4 GTS CPU Cooler (Heatsink) Review

Heatsink with top cover detached.

Cooler Master V4 GTS CPU Cooler (Heatsink) Review

On the down side, the fan on the cooler is at a position that it reaches too low, leaving no clearance for RAM and other motherboard heatsinks around the area.

Cooler Master V4 GTS CPU Cooler (Heatsink) Review

Nevertheless I still manage to mount a dual-fan setup, albeit a less effective one as the blade now do not push air across the heatpipes and base.

Installation wasn’t difficult, nevertheless you still need quite some work to get the back plate on and a long screw driver to get the holder screws into place.

The cable on the fans were short (just a few cm) so you’ll need to use the bundled joining cable to connect both the fans to the fan power connector. 2 fans sharing 1 source.

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Test Setup / Benchmarks

The computer setup used for this review.

Processor Intel Core i5-2500K
RAM Avexir Core Series 4GB DDR3 1600
Motherboard MSI Z77A-GD45
Power Supply Xigmatek NRP-PC602 600w
Operating System Windows 8 Pro 64bit

The processor was overclocked to 4.2ghz and vCore set to 1.25.

GELID Solutions - The Black Edition Heatsink Review

Temperature was monitored using HW Monitor.

CPU load was done by converting 10bit MKV video to 8bit using x264, set to -veryslow mode.

  Idle (°C) Load (°C)
V4 GTS 33 51
Gelid Black Edition 34 52

Conclusion

Retailing at RM 249, I think this heatsink is good BUT the failing point is the fan placement. It feels like Cooler Master intended for the air to blow across the heatpipes and I’m sure if I had placed it as such the performance would have been a lot better too.

However, I just can’t believe this oversight. People who spend on large heatsinks are often overclockers, and motherboard these days almost always come with plenty of heatsinks surrounding the socket.

As much as I like the performance, I’m unable to give it a RECOMMENDED sign because I can’t use it as it was advertised. I’m not getting the performance I ought to but I ended up with a lot of hassle and an ugly looking heatsink with fans protruding.

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3 Comments

  1. Author

    Yes, I wouldn’t have come to this conclusion if I didn’t try. 🙂 The fan would still have been in conflict with other items.

  2. That is really a shame, the horizontal vapor chamber design looks incredibly promising.

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