|Cooler Master V6GT CPU Cooler|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cooling|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Wednesday, 07 July 2010|
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V6GT Heatsink Details
The base of the cooler is flat, and although it does not have a mirror finish, the surface texturing is too fine to be felt with a fingernail. The base and heat pipes are copper, but Cooler Master has plated these components with nickel to prevent corrosion, giving the RR-V6GT-22PK-R1 a nice shiny appearance.
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.
From the top, it's obvious that the heat pipes are not in the ordinary linear arrangement. Cooler Master claims that their "V" arrangement improves cooling ability by allowing the airflow to reach each heat pipe. Fans must blow into the open side of the V (the top of the photo below) for best performance. The "L"-shaped channel at the top of this photo is for the power wire for the LED strip on the top plate.
Installing the Cooler Master V6GT on an Intel LGA1366 platform consists of three steps. First, the back plate:
Next, the Intel-specific mounting brackets. These are adjustable to fit LGA775, LGA1156, and LGA1366 socket mounting holes:
To install the cooler, you must remove the fans, since they block access to the mounting screws. A central mounting bracket clamps over the base of the cooler to the brackets on the motherboard, and is secured by a spring-loaded screw on each side. After these screws are tightened, you snap the fans and their shrouds back on.
So far, the Cooler Master V6GT looks pretty good. We'll see how it performs in the next section.