Tuesday, February 3rd 2009

Cooler Master V10 Hybrid TEC Cooler Tested

Cooler Master has gone full cylinders with innovation for the design of the V10 Hybrid TEC, a variant of the V10 cooler that employs a 70W TEC (Thermo-electric couple) element to indirectly cool the processor. The principle on which it works is fairly simple: A set of heatpipes propagate through the CPU contact block. The same heatpipes make contact with the cold-plate of the TEC. The hot-plate of the TEC is cooled by a dedicated aluminum fin array which is subjected to air flow. The heatpipes that cool the CPU propagate into two additional, independent aluminum fin arrays. All this, neatly packed into the shroud. The TEC part of the cooler has its own Molex power input, and is regulated by a temperature control module. The two fans in place to cool the fins use standard 3~4 pin fan connections. TweakTown put this cooler to test against most common high-end air coolers.

In theory, this is a good concept, though the indirect cooling the TEC element provides, isn't going to send temperatures down to sub-zero levels. Instead, the estimates on its spec. sheet shows it to maintain temperatures between 25 and 70 degrees Celsius. The cooler however, is rated for CPUs with TDPs of up to 200W (a figure achieved during overclocking). The findings of the review, however, show the cooler to be not much of an improvement over most high-end air coolers. The review can be read here.
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60 Comments on Cooler Master V10 Hybrid TEC Cooler Tested

#1
Weer
Wow, you take away the black-plastic overlay and it becomes just a regular old cooler.

And those temps.. 2C better than the Ultra 120 eXtreme that's been out for years? Ridiculous.
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#3
phanbuey
:laugh: so according to that review i should get a Sunbeam Core contact freezer or a TRUE...
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#4
Cold Storm
Battosai
Well, look at it this way... Are you going to spend $139.99 on a cooler? When you can spend around half that on a CPU cooler and corsair's ram cooler


? buying a True, and ram cooler, and you'll still never hit around that price!
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#5
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
Would only be worth that price if it cooled below 0 degrees or came with a voucher for a strip club.
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#6
RevengE
That is Huge, And it is very pricey I don't really think it's worth it.
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#7
Cold Storm
Battosai
If you where a DIE HARD fan of Cooler Master's cooling and like the fact that you can change out the fan's yourself... It could be.. But, at the price No one would be... Under $100 it would be good..
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#8
sneekypeet
Unpaid Babysitter
oh and the fact BTA left out is this cooler is also 1200g on the motherboard. Thats almost 3 lbs!
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#9
1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
by: Cold Storm
If you where a DIE HARD fan of Cooler Master's cooling and like the fact that you can change out the fan's yourself... It could be.. But, at the price No one would be... Under $100 it would be good..
This gives cooling as good as any other cooler out there really. Saying it isn't better than a cooler that came out so long ago means what, other "high performance coolers" have came out after that and only cool as well as it.

Of coarse after you take off the plastic it looks like another cooler, this isn't a space ship.

Also like said this provides ram cooling and CPU cooling, price is a bit steep, but you get 2 for 1.
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#10
Evo85
by: DrPepper
Would only be worth that price if it cooled below 0 degrees or came with a voucher for a strip club.
THIS!! :toast:
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#11
Cold Storm
Battosai
by: 1Kurgan1
This gives cooling as good as any other cooler out there really. Saying it isn't better than a cooler that came out so long ago means what, other "high performance coolers" have came out after that and only cool as well as it.

Of coarse after you take off the plastic it looks like another cooler, this isn't a space ship.

Also like said this provides ram cooling and CPU cooling, price is a bit steep, but you get 2 for 1.
You may get 2 for 1, but the Price will make anyone run away from it. When you buy stuff, your looking for price and performance..

I won't beat that isn't a good cooler, but your looking at the price and It's a hard thing to bite on... 9' long, and almost 3 pounds... I'd hope to have a work bench for use..

But, that is me....
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#12
AddSub
This will probably be my next cooler. I'm going to wait until somebody more reputable and more capable reviews the V10, like FrostyTech, X-bit labs, or even Techpowerup. Right now I got a modded V8 that cools my i7 920 pretty good, but this V10 looks promising.

As for the value, I agree. Almost $150 is way too much for this. However, Buy.com is accepting pre-orders at $113 shipped for these and I have several coupons and discount codes that will drop that all the way to $75 or around there.... so I'm good to go. Just need some decent reviews.
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#13
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
For the price it better do more than cool my processor. Hell I cant say what else it should do :roll:

139.99 can get you a decent H20 setup or pretty damn near close to it.
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#14
thebeephaha
I wonder how hard it would be to find a more powerful TEC to mod in there as a replacement for the stock one?
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#15
Binge
Overclocking Surrealism
I bet that tec will get overloaded so easily and burn out then kill the proc.
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#16
HolyCow02
that thing is ridiculous and just not worth its price tag. I mean damn.

I agree with the voucher to the strip club, except I was a freebee in the back as well
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#17
kid41212003
I don't know why they don't make Waterblock with heatpipe, probably more effective.
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#18
HaZe303
Wow those results were really bad & disappointing!!? I mean cmon already, make something better than TRUE. And CoolerMaster is a good brand, but they always make their coolers to complicated and as the reviewer said, something in the end is always missing, that little extra WOW is missing from their coolers. Quality, but no great Quality... Just look at those heatpipes on the TEC, all bended and buckled... Dont like it.


Ps. Thermalright, give us a HDT version of TRUE240Xtreme HaZe303Edition??? The greatest gamer/nerd in the world, Fatal1who?? :D
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#19
Cold Storm
Battosai
by: AddSub
This will probably be my next cooler. I'm going to wait until somebody more reputable and more capable reviews the V10, like FrostyTech, X-bit labs, or even Techpowerup. Right now I got a modded V8 that cools my i7 920 pretty good, but this V10 looks promising.

As for the value, I agree. Almost $150 is way too much for this. However, Buy.com is accepting pre-orders at $113 shipped for these and I have several coupons and discount codes that will drop that all the way to $75 or around there.... so I'm good to go. Just need some decent reviews.
So, your saying that Tweaktown isn't a "reputable" site? The site as more talent in reviewers then Most places... So, since a Reviewer is going to report the truth, and not worry about the "samples" from stopping, your thinking it's not "reputable"? T.e.c.c. is a proven thing to be used.. Why does sites use their "benches" if they weren't "reputable"?

Want to know something funny? Funny about reviews that come out before the product? Most time's the product is pushed back because the company found the reviewer to find something they didn't... Xigmatek even did this... The 1284 were shipped to Newegg before anyone else, and because of that we got the ones that where "defective"... Who's to say that it's not even like that to them...
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#20
phanbuey
by: kid41212003
I don't know why they don't make Waterblock with heatpipe, probably more effective.
because a heatpipe and a waterpipe are basically the same concept. (heapipes have coolant in them) why would you need pipes with coolant if you already have coolant coarsing through the block...
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#21
kid41212003
Because then we will have both heatsink and waterblock, I think that would be more effective.

Think what if TRUE have waterblock under it...
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#22
Bjorn_Of_Iceland
hmm.. lemme see.. 2x the price of what a high performance air cooler would do, 70 watt more power consumption, the risk of breaking your board, and only 3 degrees cooler... the same 3 degrees less that you will get if you just open your case' sidepanel.

nty.
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#23
LittleLizard
get a coolit domino alc and be happy. also that cooler is ugly. stick with v8 :D
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#24
Marineborn
theres no point for the size, get a cheap watercooler and itll cool better and not take up the whole case
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#25
Marineborn
by: LittleLizard
get a coolit domino alc and be happy. also that cooler is ugly. stick with v8 :D
i get one of those tommorow after reading 60 good reviews about them and for 65 bucks! cheaper then air and cools better. ill post temps when i get it
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