How many of us have been looking for an upgrade for the cpu cooling system? High temps are the main factor that limits the overclocking potential of our hardware, so if we want more we have to find a high performance cooling system. Cooler Master has made probably the best air cooling system in the globe, that is assisted by a TEC module. The total heat dessipation capabilities of this cooler are 200+ watts according to CM.Of course we are talking for Cooler Master V10! A huge cpu cooler, with 10 heatpipes and two 120mm fans with a 70w TEC.
Will V10 be able to beat down V8 which is the best cooler that has passed from my hand till now? Let's have a look at the features and specifications for start!
Taken from Cooler Master website:
Extreme Innovative Engineering Design
Optimal Cooling Technology
Operation Temp. : 25~70oC
Rated Power : 70W (max)
Rated Current : 9.8A (max)
Let's have a quick explanation on how TEC's work!
TEC's are also known as Peltier modules,or thermoelectric coolers.Thermoelectric is the effect of direct conversion of temperature differences to electricity and vice versa. A thermoelectric device creates electricity when there is temperature difference at its two sides, and vice versa when electricity is applied the device temperature difference.
How a TEC is made?
TEC has 2 ceramic plates, with semiconductors in the middle. Some times it is sealed around to prevent moisture damage. Also it has 2 cables for power.
How it works?
The TEC work with 2 ways:
When there is temperature difference at the 2 sides of the TEC, then it generates electricity. For example if we get a TEC and touch the one side with our palm, electricity will be generated because our hand is hotter that the other side of the TEC. The more the temperature difference, the more electricity is produced.
How it is used for cooling?
TEC does not produce "cold", it acts as a heat pump. It moves the heat from its one side to the other. During this the hot side needs to be cooled down because a TEC produces massive amounts of heat. Every TEC has a maximum temperature difference it can reach, for example a TEC with a max temp difference of 20 degrees will always have the cold side 20 degrees lower than the hot.This is why a TEC efficiency is linked with the effectiveness of the cooling system that cools the TEC. This is the reason why we can't use with wattage TEC's in order to cool cpu's or vga's, they would require massive heatsinks or watercooling systems.
What advantages a TEC has?
What are the dissantvantages?
Now that we have some background info on the technology V10 uses, we can move on to the packaging!
The package of Cooler Master V10 is massive, with very nice graphics on the front
At the back we can see the features and specifications
At the sides we can see the compatibility list
Inside the box we can see the V10 very well protected in foam material
Accessories include 3 backplates with their retention systems(Lga 775/Lga 1336/AM2), nuts and bolts.
Also we can find the manual, a guide for the Hybrid TEC system, warranty info and a sample pack of Cooler Master ThermalFusion 400.
Let's have a closer look at this beast!!!
We can see the Cooler Master V10, it is MASSIVE!
From the back we can notice the aluminium fins that lead the hot air towards the rear case exhaust fan.
At the front we can see the first fan under the "hood", a perforated metal part.And near an opening that is used for supplying cold air for the second fan.
The cover is made of black plastic, which has some very nice shinny silver logos, like the CM logo here
We can notice the V10 logo at the side, and the air vents near that provide the second fan more air.
There is an opening near the first fan, from which the other fan draws cold air.
We can see the perforated metal at the first fan from another point of view.
Here we can see the fins of the second fan, they are pretty thin.
From below we can see that these fins cool down the 4 heatpipes...
...that come off from the base.
Here we can see the one side of the base, and the 6 heatpipes
From another point of view
The other end of the base has 4 heatpipes that lead to the cold side of the TEC.
We can see the heatpipes that cool down the hot side of the TEC.
A closer look at the TEC, the heatpipes and the power cables.
And the power connectors for the TEC and fans.
The contact surface is mirror finished!
In order to have a better look at the V10 the cover must be removed,this can be easily done by removing the 2 screws...
...and unhooking the 4 points that hold the cover in place.
This is the cover from below.
The fans are the new series of CM, with 9 blades.
We can see the product sticker.
We can see the V10 without the cover.
From another point of view.
The fins below the second fan, they are pretty thin.
They also have holes in order to have better heat dessipation.
The TEC is cooled with this heatsink.
We can easily take it off by removing the 4 screws.
Here we can see the cold side of the TEC, and the thermal paste that was applied.
The TEC heatsink with the TEC still attached.
Over the base there is a black plastic case with the TEC control unit.
It can be taken of by simply removing the 2 screws.
The control unit, we can notice the temperature sensor that touches the base.
How it looks from the other side.
Let's see the installation procedure!
In order to install the V10 we first have to install the correct mounting plates, I will use the Lga775.We simply secure them with the 4 screws.
After this we install the 4 rubber washers.
Then we insert the 4 screws rotating them counter-clockwise.
We have to remove the backplate sticker, this helps to keep the backplate into place when we will install the V10.
After this we install the cooler...
...by placing the 4 nuts...
...and we tighten them with the included key, either by hand or with the help of a screwdriver as I did.
Let's see how V10 looks installed, and compared to Ultra 120 Extreme!
V10 is actually bigger than the motherboard!It is MASSIVE!
From another point of view.
My first concern was if we can use tall ram, and surprisingly yes we can!The cap is REALLY small(1-2mm only), but since we can use memory with tall heatspreaders this is ok!
We can see the really tiny gap from another point of view.Notice that ram MUST be installed before V10, or we will have to remove it.
Despite the size, V10 is very well designed and nothing touches, despite there are some tiny gaps.
Some people say that size does matter...so I will compare V10 and Ultra 120 Extreme.We can clearly see that V10 is more that double the volume of 120.
They have about the same height
From the side V10 is 2 times as the 120 extreme.
And from the top we can see the huge difference between these 2 coolers!
Now we can move to the testing!
Testing will be done using both real and synthetic tests, because this is not an ordinary cooler and I want to find out if it better than the other top coolers. For real testing I will use my system, and for synthetic test I will use stable thermal loads of 45.6,136.8,168 and 230 watts.Test are done under the same room temperature, and using Noctua NT-H1 thermal paste.Fans used are the same as the V10's.For
For comparison I used:
For real test system used was:
Here we can see the results!
Very interesting, at idle difference is really small. But at load the TEC is activated and V10 outperforms both V8 and Ultra 120 Ex.
In order to have more accurate results let's see what synthetic tests showed!
Again we can notice the same thing, at low thermal loads there are no big differences.But at higher thermal loads TEC is activated and again V10 has very lower temps!
Cooler Master amazed me once again with the V10 cooler, they probably made the best air-cooling system available throughout the globe. It is really massive and yes, it proves that size does matter! V10 features some innovations like Hybrid TEC technology which greatly improves cooling at high thermal loads. And although it is huge, is well designed and does not interfere with anything. Only dissantvantage is that if we forget to install memory before the cooler, we will have to remove it!
The V10 design is also nice because it does not only cool the processor, but also all the other components like northbridge and ram. Fans are noise when running at full speed, but they are PWM so this happens only at heavy loads. Price is also a bit high (134$ USD at Amazon), but the high performance makes this worth every last cent!
In fact Cooler Master V10 is the best air cooler I have ever tested, with many innovations, nice design and above all extreme performance!This is why V10 will get a dozen of awards, starting with:
Editors Choice Award because it is the best air cooler available
Innovation award because it uses Hybrid TEC technology and the desing cools not only the cpu but also ram and NB
Design award because a cooler like V10 has very attractive design
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 August 2009 18:33|
Sunday, 26 April 2009 21:10
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