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If we look at contemporary tendencies in air cooling design, we will be able to conclude that they do not go with the times. Despite the brewing worldwide economic crisis, limited resources and attempts to save on everything, while automobiles are being equipped with hybrid engines, cooler manufacturers make their solutions bigger and provide them with even more heatpipes. As a result, cooling solutions become larger, heavier and more expensive, with a few rare exceptions. If we once again compare this situation with the car industry, namely Formula 1, we will see that they started to reduce the number of engine cylinders (10 instead of 12, and later maybe even 8), while cooler manufacturers, on the contrary, increase the number of heatpipes.

The most recent example is the new V8 and V10 coolers from Cooler Master that use 8 and 10 (!) heatpipes respectively. The latter will be tested in our upcoming articles, because Cooler Master V10 is scheduled to come out a little later. Today we are going to discuss an “8-cylinder” V8 cooler and test its efficiency, acoustic performance and other important features. As we already know from the tests of a gigantic 10-heatpipe Scythe Orochi cooler, the number of heatpipes and the size of the cooler do not play the most important role in its efficiency. However, Cooler Master engineers didn’t use the traditional extensive approach when working on their new cooler by simply increasing its size and weight. They in fact introduced a few very innovative ideas. But let’s get started from the very beginning.

Package and Accessories

Glossy box designed in strict black color indicates that the cooling system inside is going to be a very serious solution:

There is a top shot of the V8 cooler on the front of the box together with a promise to dissipate 180W of heat. The back of the box contains the description of the newcomer’s specifications and key features:

Inside the cardboard box the cooler is securely packed into a clear plastic casing that protects it against possible transportation damages. On one side of the plastic casing there is a flat box with accessories that include the following items:

Let me list them from left to right and from top to bottom:

  • Backplate for LGA 775 mainboards;
  • Backplate for AMD K8 mainboards;
  • Steel retention plate for AMD K8 and K10 mainboards;
  • Two steel retention panels for LGA 775 mainboards;
  • A set of screws, plastic washers, rubber rind-pads, steel screw nuts and a wrench for them;
  • Cooler Master thermal compound;
  • A rear panel bracket for the rotation speed controller.

Besides, the Cooler Master V8 bundle also includes a multi-lingual assembly and installation manual. According to the information on the box, the cooler is made in China. The cooler is already available in retain for $59+.

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