|Cooler Master V6GT CPU Cooler|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cooling|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Wednesday, 07 July 2010|
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Cooler Master V6GT Conclusion
Please remember that these test results reflect our experience with each cooler on a specific motherboard, with a specific processor, BIOS revision, and test programs. That said, the ranking produced by these tests is accurate and gives a good idea how the coolers will perform relative to one another on any given system. Obviously, your choice of fans can dramatically affect the performance of any air cooler, but the performance of the V6GT's included fans is excellent and I don't see any need to replace them.
The cooler was fairly easy to install. Multi-piece adjustable mounting brackets make it less expensive for menufacturers to provide an all-in-one solution that will handle most systems without the need for accessory mounting kits, but they seem less robust to me. That said, the V6GT's system, once installed, was very firm and provided good clamping pressure. Having to snap the fans off to mount the cooler is a little fiddly, but you're not going to be mounting and unmounting it very often anyway.
Perhaps co-incidentally, the V6GT's 165mm height exactly matches that of the Thermaltake Frio, so it will also be a tight fit in some narrower cases.
Although Cooler Master does not specify the weight of the cooler, it's obviously far above Intel's recommended 450 grams, but then any high-end air cooler will be too. The metal backplate secures the cooler well, but I'd advise transporting a computer equipped with this cooler on its side if possible. The construction quality of the cooler is excellent, with perfectly-fitting fan guards and sleeved wiring on the splice cable. It would be nice to see a mirror-finished base on this level of cooler, although functionally I have to admit it would provide little if any benefit.
Along with other manufacturers, Cooler Master seems to be mastering the art of making a cooler look good without going too far. It strikes a nice balance between functional and blingy: it's cool enough to justify a side-window case, and while the LED lighting can be turned off, even on it's not garish. The only aesthetic issue is how to handle the unsleeved cable and 4-pin Molex connector used to power the LED strip; perhaps replacing the connector with a 3-pin connector and using a spare fan header on the motherboard would make things easier.
Functionally, the V6GT is excellent: its dual fans move enough air under PWM control to provide good performance without much noise, and provide exceptional performance at their highest settings. Overclocking enthusiasts may prefer manual fan control to the convenience of PWM-controlled fans, and the V6GT's standard fan headers make this easy to do.
As of July 2010, the Cooler Master V6GT is sold at NewEgg for $69.99. The price of CPU coolers seems to be creeping up year to year; doubtless part of this is the market-mandated inclusion of multiple mounting kits. Still, while high, the price is similar to many other coolers at this level: the Prolimatech Megahalems is $62 at FrozenCPU, while the Thermalright Venomous X with a single 50CFM fan is $80 with the optional AMD AM2/AM2+/AM3 adding another $10. Although we could wish for it to be cheaper, the V6GT is a good value in today's market.
If you're a hard-core air overclocker, you'll get better performance with a Prolimatech Megahalems, Scythe Venomous X, or similar cooler and a pair of high-speed fans— if you can live with a computer that sounds like an idling jet fighter. For anyone a notch or more down from this level, the Cooler Master RR-V6GT-22PK-R1 is an excellent solution.
+ PWM controlled fans and a splice cable!
- Intel bolt-through mounting system seems less robust than it could be.
Final Score: 8.85 out of 10.
Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.
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