Date: November 15th, 2010
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Cooler Master
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
After removing the empty cowl to get a look at the fin structure, Mr. Bones was quick to point out that the fins were crooked and that the cooler was defective. As you can see, he was extremely chagrined when I informed him that the densely packed fins have a five-degree tilt incorporated into the design and the entire fin array is precisely engineered to lower airflow resistance while providing maximum cooling surface. Mr. Bones hates to be wrong.
With all the plastic cowlings removed we can see where the V6 gets its name. The six, 6mm heatpipes are arranged in a V shape on either side of the fin array. I removed the top cowl solely for illustrative purposes; user's should never have to get this far into the V6.
As mentioned earlier, only one of the fan boxes is populated on the V6, but Cooler Master provides the user with everything needed to mount a second fan on the cooler, including a PWM Y-adapter to attach the two fans to a single PWM mobo header. The fan, with or without the Y-adapter, can also be connected to a 3-pin mobo header but PWM functionality will be lost.
The pure copper base has a highly polished finish and is dead flat, promising maximum heat transfer from the processor to the heatpipes. This photo also illustrates the clever heatpipe/fin/fan arrangement that I hope will yield some outstanding cooling performance. Fit and finish is excellent here, and the fan is oriented to direct the airflow into the open mouth of the V-shaped heatpipe array.
Cooler Master's mounting solutions have always been very robust, if a bit difficult to install. While there seems to be a lot of stuff here, the mounts look relatively easy to get on the board and they've included an allen wrench to tighten the crossbar that is common to both AMD and Intel applications. Cooler Master also includes a generous syringe of thermal compound and four triangular fan cushions for an optional second fan. I'll reserve comment on the mounting solutions until we do the install, but I like what I see here. Let's proceed with the installation.
PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
Our testbed for the Cooler Master V6 CPU cooler will consist of the following hardware:
Intel Q6600 Kentsfield Core2Quad CPU
Western Digital WD800 hard drive
Western Digital WD6400 hard drive
Samsung SH-S203N DVD writer
Buffalo Firestix DDR2 RAM (2 X 1GB)
EVGA 8800 GTS 640MB graphics card
Thermaltake Toughpower 750W PSU
We'll test it in the open case pictured above. Keep in mind that temps inside your case will be different, depending on the chassis and airflow.