|Best CPU Cooler Performance Q2-2010|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cooling|
|Written by Olin Coles - Testing by David Ramsey|
|Tuesday, 27 July 2010|
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Cooler Master V6 GT Heatsink
Aftermarket CPU coolers are the province of overclockers, and although performance is the primary consideration, other factors such as price, noise, and aesthetics can come into play as well. Cooler Master has a broad line of coolers ranging from stock-level replacement coolers to high-end enthusiast coolers; the V6GT represents the latest in their line of "V coolers" (which include the V8 and VTEC-enhanced V10) for the enthusiast market.
The cooler itself comprises 55 0.6mm-thick fins pierced by 6 heat pipes. Snap-on shrouds secure a 120x25mm fan on each side of the cooler, while a plastic plate on the top of the cooler contains an LED light strip whose color is controlled by pressing on the "Cooler Master" logo button on top of the unit. Both fans use four-pin PWM-controllable connectors, and Cooler Master supplies a "splice" cable that gangs both together so you can run both fans from your motherboard's CPU fan connector. A separate four-pin Molex connector provides power for the LED light strip at the top of the cooler. The fans are rated at 34-94 CFM per fan, which means the cooler can make use of over 180 CFM of air with both fans at full speed. The very observant might note that only the red connector of the splice cable provides the fan tachometer lead, which makes sense if you're plugging both fans into a single motherboard header.
Stripped of its fans and top plate, the Cooler Master V6GT seems to be a rather standard modern heat-pipe design. The fins are tilted at a slight 5 degree angle, which Cooler Master says improves cooling by allowing slightly more surface area in the same space and reducing turbulence in the airflow over the fins. The Cooler Master RR-V6GT-22PK-R1 CPU cooler includes the mounting hardware for Intel Socket 775/1156/1366, and AMD Socket AM2/AM2+/AM3. The Cooler Master V6GT is sold at NewEgg for $69.99 with fans. Benchmark Reviews has also published a full review of the Cooler Master V6GT CPU Cooler.
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