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Old 03-18-2009, 06:25 PM   #1
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Default Cooler Master V10 CPU Cooler

Have a huge chassis? Need a huge CPU cooler? Well, Cooler Master has just what you need, in the form of the TEC-based V10. This thing is massive - its almost three CPU coolers in one - but it cools better than any other air cooler we've used in the past, and it even matches our previous (and much more expensive) water-cooling setup.

You can read Bill's full review of this monster cooler here and discuss it here.
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Old 03-19-2009, 02:25 PM   #2
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Hi Rob, first post here.

I was wondering if you guys were planning on testing the V10 on a Core i7 platform?
I'm very curious to see the results for that platform as I'm currently running the 920.

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Old 03-19-2009, 03:23 PM   #3
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Hi Xandelric:

We have a single i7 platform right now, and it's here with me, not Bill, so sadly, this testing won't happen, at least soon. I'd still expect that the cooler would perform well though, since this did prove to be the best one to hit our QX9650. I don't think we could guarantee a 4GHz clock out of the 920, but who knows. The problem with the i7 and overclocking is heat, and since the V10 is just as efficient as a $200 water-cooling setup, I'd expect it to do well.

Sorry we can't get you the results you are looking for. We'll have to work on getting an i7 into Bill sooner than later.

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Good GAWD... this thing is a beast!
I'd be very interested to know the reliability of the TEC. A friend of mine had a similar unit from another company and it died a horrible death.... twice I believe (his original and his replacement).

I trust CM's products more than I trust the unit he was using, so I am hopeful that it has a more quality build feel to it, and the proper gauge wiring was used.
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I can state with certainty that the V10 has very high build quality and I don't see any reason for any early failure. The TEC is not a high powered unit and it does have it's own 4 heatpipes to keep it cool. Also, the V10 does have the built in variable controller to only push the TEC when it needs to otherwise it cuts back on the power delivered to it.
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Thanks Rob.

Also that's Bill for the review, i've been waiting to see that monster reviewed since I first saw it.
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Sweet review. I only wish it wasn't so expensive, but you get what you pay for, definitely.

EDIT: Never mind, missed that paragraph after the picture.

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P.S. Glad to see LINPACK used. That test is a mofo monster, for sure.

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Agreed on the Linpack testing. Considering the majority of reviewers are still running Core 2 Duo processors they have no reason to stick to Prime95 which is just not going to give us the full picture of how hot the CPU can run.
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Agreed on the Linpack testing. Considering the majority of reviewers are still running Core 2 Duo processors they have no reason to stick to Prime95 which is just not going to give us the full picture of how hot the CPU can run.
Well, in the same sense, a failed LINPACK test doesn't equate with an unstable processor. I've seen processors that fail Prime95 within a few hours, but have never exhibited any other instabilities. LINPACK only furthers that, so that by being an even more stressful program, it stretches the limit of "testing" almost too much. However, it is a fantastic tool for cooling efficiency, especially when some top coolers rank within single-digit degrees with Prime95.

At the same time, there are no programs in existence (correct me if I'm wrong) that will ever stress the CPU to levels of LINPACK and, in the same vein, Prime95. I doubt I'll ever use a program that will bring a quad-core @ 4Ghz to 67 degrees on load with this cooler. It is nice to know, however, that it does it with ease. Just my two cents.

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I agree there. In fact, there is very little that will push the same load as Prime95.

To me, when I want to declare my overclock stable, I want to stress it beyond any level it will ever see in real use. If it isn't Linpack stable then in my book it just isn't stable. I always use Prime95 to start my testing and once I have a good solid 12hours there I move on the Linpack testing to finalize my OC. There have been times that I never made any changes and it went on to pass, but more often than not I need to change just a few small details.

My whole point is exactly what you brought up. With all these coolers within a few degrees C, I like the extra load Linpack offers to separate them. I have not come across a single heatsink, including the almighty TRUE 120, that could tame my QX9650 @ 4GHz. Only water was able to do that.
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Ibrahim, good to see you around!

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LINPACK only furthers that, so that by being an even more stressful program, it stretches the limit of "testing" almost too much. However, it is a fantastic tool for cooling efficiency, especially when some top coolers rank within single-digit degrees with Prime95.
Now all we need is for AMD and Intel to release their internal stress-testers (which will never happen), which go even further than Linpack. Their tools affect all transistors in the CPU at the same time, something our software can't pull off. Talk about hardcore!
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Hehe, good to be around.

Really?! That sounds ridiculous. Now that would be a torture test, lol....Wasn't LINPACK originally an Intel creation or something?

Off-topic, but kudos, you guys got a little snippet in that recent Anandtech article about SSDs:

LegitReviews was one of the first to spot the SSD slowdown phenomenon, good work Nate.


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Linpack was and still is an Intel creation, although the free version they allow people to use in their own applications (IntelBurnTest, OCCT) isn't as robust. It doesn't currently work properly on i7, for example. I am really, really hoping that an updated version comes out sooner than later. I'm forced to use the old-school Prime95 test (inside of OCCT) for i7 in the interim.

As for that quote... wrong website ;-)

Nate's a good friend though, so kudos regardless!
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Linpack was and still is an Intel creation, although the free version they allow people to use in their own applications (IntelBurnTest, OCCT) isn't as robust. It doesn't currently work properly on i7, for example. I am really, really hoping that an updated version comes out sooner than later. I'm forced to use the old-school Prime95 test (inside of OCCT) for i7 in the interim.

As for that quote... wrong website ;-)

Nate's a good friend though, so kudos regardless!
Oh, snap. I definitely thought that said Techgage. Wow, sorry, lol.

Really? Huh, well, I guess that makes sense, different architecture and all, but you'd think a CPU was a CPU. Ah....we get the striped down version. Makes sense. I heard Thermalright issuing a statement that people shouldn't use FurMark to test their GPU stability because it makes the cards too hot. Maybe Intel is worried of the same!

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There is a linpack for i7, its called linx. Burntest doesn't properly support i7 ht yet, but linx stresses all 8 threads.
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