Cooler Master has been a big player in the PC aftermarket since, well, there was a PC aftermarket. They've earned a reputation for high quality and innovative products and they aren't afraid to seriously push the envelope. Their V-series of coolers is a prime example of this attitude and for this review, we have their V10 offering. (See the Tweaknews review of the Cooler Master V8 HERE .)
The V10 is a hybrid cooler, with a heatpipe/fin array/fan cooling scheme that is supplemented by a T.E.C. (thermoelectric cooler or Peltier) for when temps get really high. Cooler Master claims this results in a powerful, quiet and efficient cooling solution that will outperform other air coolers and rival some watercooling systems. Let's put the V10 through its paces and see if it can live up to the hype.
SMALL HEATPIPE TECHNOLOGY TUTORIAL
I am going to keep this as simple as possible to get the basic premise across to all of the Tweaknews readers. Please don't be insulted if this is too simple for your education level. I have to cater my writing to the least technical reader looking for information.
The basic idea behind heatpipe technology is really simple.
1.) With a tube containing a compressed fluid/gas, the fluid comes in contact with the heat source (the cpu core, in this case) which heats up the volatile fluid and turns it to a gas. The energy is absorbed in the gas production process and is ready for transportation.
2.) The heated gas now travels along the inner portion of the tube where it comes to the cooling portion of the heatsink in this example.
3.) The radiator, with or without a fan, will cool the liquid and transfer the energy (AKA heat) to the radiator to be dispersed to the surrounding air. With the heat removed, the vapor quickly condenses back to a fluid and runs along the inside surface of the pipe, back down to the bottom, where the process can be started all over again.
For another example, you can consider a boiling pot of water with a glass lid as a very very basic heatpipe. When the water boils, the water vapor comes in contact with the cooler glass pot lid which forces the vapor to condense back to water, where it dribbles back down the inside of the lid back into the pot.
It's basic, but it gets the point across.
SMALL T.E.C. TECHNOLOGY TUTORIAL
The T.E.C. is really nothing new. In the early 19 th century, a French physicist named Peltier discovered that by passing an electrical current at the junction between two different metals, one could get an interesting cooling effect. This so–called Peltier effect results in a small heat pump, later known as a thermoelectric cooler (T.E.C.) has found many commercial uses, only one of which concerns us today. A voltage applied to the free ends of two dissimilar materials creates a temperature difference. With this temperature difference, Peltier cooling will cause heat to move from one side of the unit to the other.
Without getting too technical, if you'll look at the above graphic, imagine the electric current flowing along the conductor material, through the N-type element, and through the P-type element after crossing the conductive material on that side. Electrons will move in the opposite direction of the current in the N-type element and holes in the P-type element will move in the same direction as the current, both acting to move heat from one side of the device to the other.
The T.E.C. requires electrical current and the effectiveness of the pump at moving the heat away from the cold side is totally dependent upon the amount of current provided and how well the heat from the hot side can be removed. Consequently, a good cooling solution is necessary to allow the T.E.C. to work at peak efficiency.
Cooler Master was founded with the mission of providing the industry's best thermal solutions. Since its establishment a decade ago, the company has remained faithful to this mission, emerging as a world leader in products and services for companies dealing with devices where heat issues must be resolved.
In pursuing this mission, Cooler Master is absolutely committed to delivering solutions that precisely meet customer requirements for features, performance, and quality. Moreover, we strive to be a reliable long-term partner for our customers that they can truly depend on. It aims to be the first and foremost name that comes to mind for companies around the world seeking thermal solutions, and seeks to build such a reputation through outstanding technology, sophisticated design, and superior service.
While staying true to its original mission, Cooler Master is responding to transformations in the global industry and adapting to its own rapid growth. It will continue to devote resources to developing more advanced technologies, retaining a spirit of innovation. It will also continue to refine its operations, enhancing efficiency and making the company even more responsive to customer needs and market changes as they arise, efficient, and providing even better service to customers.
Cooler Master will also continue it dedication to creating and helping realize a vision for thermal solutions, retaining its promise to customers to be their best partner.