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Written by Olin Coles   
Thursday, 09 October 2008
Table of Contents: Page Index
Best CPU Cooler Performance - Q3 2008
Thermally Conductive Element Reference
Cooler Master Geminii S
Cooler Master V8
Coolink Silentator
Evercool Transformer 6
OCZ Gladiator Max
Thermaltake V14 Pro
Vantec AeroFlow FX 120
Xigmatek Apache EP-CD901
Xigmatek HDT-S1284
Zalman CNPS9300 AT
Zaward Gyre ZCJ010
TIM Application and Surface
Testing Methodology
Test Results: Stock Cooling Fan
Test Results: High-Output Fan
CPU Cooler Final Thoughts
Best of Q3 2008 Conclusion

Cooler Master V8

Challenging a new generations of PC mod-ding, the Cooler Master V8 revs up ahead with its tough guard cooling engine. Superior in its design, this wicked-fun V8 monster has enough horsepower to out-perform its duties with any high-performance CPU while under the most critical heat conditions. On top of its stylish finish, the V8 Cooler has quite some rich features. For heat dissipation it is supported with it's smart 180W cooling solution. Modularized by 4 separate set of aluminium fins and linked by 8 diagonal up-rise heat pipes, the V8 structural design allows speedy heat transfer to a large heat dissipation surface. Another excellent key feature of the V8, is its precision fan control. The V8 is compatible with all current CPU sockets, and provides unsurpassed cooling performance.


Cooler Master covers all the bases with their products, and in regards to CPU coolers they offer everything from stock direct-replacement coolers to full-size kits. The Cooler Master V8 is a perfect example of the extreme end of system cooling, and offers six nickel-plated heat-pipes spanned out from each side of the polished mounting base. Because of the large size and heavy component weight, Cooler Master uses aluminum fins paired with a single sandwiched 120mm fan to deliver high-performance cooling.

Backplates are included for all modern CPU sockets, including the upcoming Intel Core i7 socket LGA1366. The bolt-through kit ensures that the V8 receives optimal contact pressure with the CPU, and delivers the best performance as a result.


Looking at the underside of the V8 cooler, there are two heat-pipes connected to three different fin-sink panels on each side of the cooling fan. The RR-UV8-XBU1-GP kit comes with a decent stock cooling fan with red LEDs imbedded, but once you remove the four allen-head screws from the retaining cap the fan options open up.

Cooler Master includes a fan speed-controller with the RR-UV8-XBU1-GP kit, however Benchmark Reviews tests the V8 cooler with a direct and unrestricted power connection. Once we substituted the stock fan with a Yate Loon D12SH-12 unit, the performance was quite impressive.


RR-UV8-XBU1-GP Specifications

  • Overall Dimensions: 120 x 128 x 161.1mm
  • Weight: 865g
  • Heat Sink Dimensions: 120 x 120 x 158mm
  • Heat Sink Material: Copper Base / Aluminum Fins / 8 Heat Pipes
  • Heat Pipes Dimensions: Φ6 mm
  • Fan Dimension (W / H / D): 120 x 120 x 25mm
  • Fan Speed: 800 - 1800RPM
  • Fan Airflow: 69.69CFM
  • Air pressure (mmH2O): 2.94mm H2O
  • Bearing Type: Rifle Bearing
  • Fan Life Expectancy: 40,000 hrs
  • Fan Noise Level (dB-A): 17 - 21dBA
  • Connector: 4-pin
  • Fan Control: PWM + VR Controller
  • Rated Voltage: 12V
  • Start Voltage: 7V
  • Operating Voltage: 10.38V - 13.2V
  • Rated Current: 0.12A
  • Input Power: 1.44W


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