You can find Cooler Master V8 step-by-step installation instructions in the electronic manual (PDF file, 3.01MB). In the current part of our article we will only dwell on a few key things about installation. First, the cooler is attached through the mainboard PCB, so you will have to remove it from the system case. The V8 cooler fits on any of the contemporary platforms. Before installation, you have to attach the appropriate retention plates to the cooler base with bundled screws:
Just like by the recently reviewed Cooler Master GeminII S, you insert rotating counterclockwise two or four spindles (depending on the socket type) into the loops of the retention plates and stick special rubber rings to them that will protect the mainboard PCB from damage when the cooler is installed:
Second, I have already had enough experience with Cooler Master coolers and I am convinced that it is much more convenient to install the mainboard onto the cooler and not the other way around. So, let’s turn V8 upside down and set the board onto the spindles. After that you fasten the backplate to the cooler through the mainboard PCB with bundled screw nuts:
You should use the enclosed wrench, but it nearly slides off all the time, because of the backplate edges. I believe the engineers should have thought of something better here. Installing coolers through the mainboard PCB requires a little more skill and effort, than any other installation technique. However, it ensures the most secure contact between the cooler base and the CPU heat-spreader and provides the most efficient heat transfer.
Despite a lot of heatpipes, Cooler Master V8 is compact at the base and doesn’t interfere with any heatsinks in the area around the processor socket:
There are 44mm between the mainboard PCB and the lower heatsink plate. Despite its pretty large size, Cooler Master V8 fit perfectly into the system case and interfered neither with the tall memory DIMM heat-spreaders, nor with the chipset North Bridge heatsink:
As you can see from the photo above, the cooler is installed in such a way that all its heatpipes are turned horizontally and the airflow from the fan is directed towards the system PSU fan. Our tests showed that in this case Cooler Master V8 cools the CPU 3ºC worse than in case the airflow from its fan is directed towards the case rear panel. The difference is small, but we once again confirmed it during the second round of tests. In an open testbed with the cooler installed vertically, no differences depending on the positioning have been detected.