Date: October 20th, 2008
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
Just to give you some idea of the V8's size, here it is compared to the OEM coolers from Intel and AMD. It's huge! It's also very distinctive looking, and will be a real presence inside your case (if it'll fit! More on this later.)
As the name suggests, there are eight heatpipes in this cooler and four separate finned areas that they travel through. The 120mm fan is sandwiched in the center, pulling air through one side and pushing it out the other.
As mentioned above, the cooling fan is of the PWM variety and can be controlled from the BIOS of many modern motherboards. If you're one of those enthusiasts that likes a more “hands on” approach, Cooler Master provides a rheostat controller that, when assembled with the included bracket, mounts to the rear of your case. Either way, the low RPM fan should provide quiet operation.
After removing four socket head screws, we can pop the hood a get a look at the fan and the cooler as separate units. The innovative design incorporating the eight heatpipes and four separate fin units is readily apparent in the above photo. The fit and finish is very good and the design seems both innovative and solid. I'm expecting big things from the V8.
The fan label doesn't tell us much that we didn't already know, but the fan itself is made of a smoky-clear plastic and I see what appears to be a couple of LEDs in the top corners of the opaque black plastic frame. Hmmmmm…..no mention of LEDs in the specs or anywhere else. Maybe we get a bonus here.