Date: March 16th, 2009
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Cooler Master
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES
Extreme Innovative Engineering Design
Full Coverage of DRAM + CPU cooling to its max
Optimal Cooling Technology
Unique trip heat sink design for supreme cooling performance
10 heat pipes (6 for main body, 4 for TEC) maximize heat transfer
Dual PWM Fan ensures huge airflow over the heat sinks
Hybrid TEC Solution
TEC is intelligently activated once CPU reaches extreme temperatures
As you can see, the V10 is a big, heavy (over 2.5 lbs.) cooler featuring two 120mm cooling fans. We'll take a look at how it is configured in a bit, but the ten 6mm heatpipes are divided between the conventional and TEC areas. Both fans are of the PWM persuasion and the dB ratings are low. We'll see how quiet they really are. The latest sockets are supported, but a cooler this massive may have trouble finding a place to nest on some mobos.
While we're here, let's explore Cooler Master's innovative implementation of TEC. I'll quote from their website.
Previous TEC designs have always fought against unnecessary moisture around the TEC. V10 has no condensation thanks to its integrated hybrid controller and offset location. Intelligent control keeps TEC's inactive and prevents any accumulation of frost. With the V10, No CPU insulation is required for an easy plug-in-play installation. V10 has the thermal advantage in innovative location of the TEC. V10 isolates the TEC cold plate in a separate area apart from the main CPU heat spreader. In this location,
TEC draws heat from the CPU with 4 dedicated 6mm heat pipes. Heat from the TEC is dissipated by 4 heat pipes and an individual heat sink array. In a traditional design, the TEC is sandwiched between the upper CPU heat spreader base, and the TEC's own hot plate. The V10's clever location of the TEC prevents the catastrophic cumulative heat buildup when total heat is produced faster than it can be dissipated.
While 10 massive heat pipes dissipate heat effectively, hybrid technology keeps the V10 safe and efficient. From gaming to word processing, the V10 reconfigures TEC performance on the fly. While browsing the web, a V10 TEC sits in a standby state. In critical heat conditions, the transforms into a super cooling design and increases power to the TEC. With the TEC kicked in, CPU base temperatures are reduced to minimal levels with the combined performance. Integral TEC overload protection, and hybrid modes increases efficiency while ensuring maximum TEC lifetime.
Control the massive heat output of modern processors with the V10 with hybrid technology. Hybrid technology keeps your V10 running smarter. It turns off when unneeded, but quickly throttles to full power when extreme cooling is required. 250W of cooling power may sound insane, but considering that overheating your prized components is not an option, V10 makes perfect sense. The V10 dominates in sheer numbers: 3 separate heat sink arrays, 10 6mm nickel plated copper heat pipes, and twin 120mm PWM fans, all wrapped in an aggressive engine cowling design.
With advances in engineering, our monster V10 increases overclocking potential by cooling both CPU and high performance memory simultaneously. Our V10 reduces both memory and motherboard IC temperatures for increased stability while supporting most oversized performance memory from DDR to DDR3.
For a retail price of around $140 US, here's what you'll get.
The V10 is a big ol' cooler and comes in a big ol' box. The graphics are striking and there's a plethora of information, but it's what's inside that counts.
While I don't generally make a big deal about packaging, I thought I'd make an exception here. The form-fitting foam keeps the cooler nice and snug during shipping. In fact, the V10 is so well packaged that it's hard to get out of the box. But once you do get it out…
…there is a lot of stuff to go along with the cooler. The mounting solutions are similar to previous Cooler Master products I've seen, and the 1366 mounts look just as sturdy as the others. There are a lot of parts, but fortunately the included user's guide has extensive pictorial instructions for installation. Let's take a look around this big mother!