Cooler Master V8 GTS CPU Cooler (Heatsink) Review

The V8 GTS is one huge CPU cooler that one could mistaken for a helmet, or perhaps a collectible item that’s based on some mech based animation.

Cooler Master V8 GTS CPU Cooler (Heatsink) Review

Here’s the view from the top, as you can see it’s symmetrical.

Cooler Master V8 GTS CPU Cooler (Heatsink) Review

At the side are rows of heatsink fins, it’s interesting that it’s placed that way as it looks like the fins will heat up the air that’s heading to the core of the heatsink.

Cooler Master V8 GTS CPU Cooler (Heatsink) Review

Symmetrical it is. This is the best view to understand how it works. It has 3 fin towers and in between are 2 fans that move air across from one end to the other.

Cooler Master V8 GTS CPU Cooler (Heatsink) Review

Here’s a view from the bottom angle, you’ll see that there are LEDs on the fan.

Cooler Master V8 GTS CPU Cooler (Heatsink) Review

And just how big is this heatsink? Here’s the V8 GTS placed on the ASUS Z97I-PLUS Mini-ITX sized board.

Cooler Master V8 GTS CPU Cooler (Heatsink) Review

I did mention LEDs, did I? Here’s what it looks like when powered on.

Cooler Master V8 GTS CPU Cooler (Heatsink) Review

The cover on the top side is semi-transparent so you’ll get a fiery glow there.

Cooler Master V8 GTS CPU Cooler (Heatsink) Review

Since the V8 GTS is red colored, it’ll only pair well with red themed setup. I don’t think the red LED would look appealing on green or blue themed setup. Talk about color mismatch.

Anyway, below are the specs for the V8 GTS as shown on the official product page.

Cooler Master V8 GTS CPU Cooler (Heatsink) Review

Test Setup / Benchmarks

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

Temperature was monitored using HW Monitor. Room temperature is around 25°C.

Setup 1

Processor : Intel Core i5-4670K on 4.3Ghz @ 1.25vcore
Motherboard : ASUS Z97I-PLUS

  Idle (°C) Load (°C)
CM V8 GTS 33 64
Stock Cooler 33 86

Setup 2

Processor : AMD FX-9590 on Stock
Motherboard : ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0

  Idle (°C) Load (°C)
CM V8 GTS 32 78
CM 140XL 32 54
CM Nepton 280L 32 52

The Verdict

Retailing at around RM 260 (approx 90 USD), the V8 GTS will perform well on every processor out there UNLESS it’s the AMD FX-9590, it’s so hot that AMD bundled water cooling for.

Those with smaller casings, this cooler might not be the one for you due to its size.

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