With the features/specs and performance test results behind us, time to recap and give my verdict of the Cooler Master V8. Kicking us off is the mounting system, which at first I was not thrilled about to say the least, but as time when by and remounting the cooler with my half off the table method all turned out well remembering the mount consistency in our testing. Although, anytime I have to completely pull the board out of the Torture Rack I am never fond of it, but for most of you remounting will be an irregular event. Sticking with the mounting topic, the Cooler Master V8 is compatible with all of the current Intel and AMD sockets including AM2, AM3, LGA775, LGA1156 and LGA1366.
At the beginning of the performance testing, we covered the stock fan and while the resulting Core temps were certainly in the acceptable range I was a little harsh on the noise of the V8 stock fan. The reality of the matter is in an air-cooled build you are going to hear the leaf blower on your GPU long before the Cooler Master fan, and the noise from the V8 fan is mostly due to the higher RPM. After all, Cooler Master chose a better fan than I did, the Gentle Typhoon 1850 does not compliment the V8 very well so I definitely recommend keeping the stock fan and use the potentiometer or use PWM from the CPU Fan header on your motherboard. If you can manage, and want to embrace the inner tinkerer, find the highest RPM and static pressure 120x25mm fan and go nuts, there is quite a bit of cooling potential within the Cooler Master V8. One last thing, be certain to verify the available height from your motherboard to case panel/window as the V8 does measure in at 165mm tall… always verify your measurements before proceeding, remember the old adage… measure twice, cut once.
As for my final thoughts on the Cooler Master V8, I would have to say that my expectations were met even though I was caught off guard by the lack-luster performance with the GT-1850. The V8 should easily handle most moderate jump from stock clocks, and we know it handles 1.275V Vcore on my warm 920 D0, so I would not be the least bit concerned about capability. With the further release of better performing coolers, I think the V8’s price should be reduced a ways as I find it listed for $69.99, and that I feel is a little high compared to others. Lastly, the mounting system really is not an issue either, now that I have generously handed over my secret technique.
Before we close this one out, a giant thank you to FrozenCPU for providing us with a sample and you a full on look at the Cooler Master V8. As always, thanks again for reading and we will continue knocking out tests and reviews to keep you coming back.