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Performance & Conclusion
Now that we have established that installing the Cooler Master V6GT is not exactly a walk in the park, does its performance at least justify the hassle? Well, we'll have to say that it does, but barely. The peak temperatures we recorded for the V6GT was a couple of degrees lower than the Evercool Transformer 4, which boasts of a similar dual 120mm fan design, though it only has four heat pipes. Compared to the stock Intel cooler, the V6GT was a clear winner. Just for comparisons, we've got the temperatures of the Corsair H50 water cooling kit for a point of reference.
The V6GT was also not the most silent of coolers. It's not sufficiently noisy for us to give it a thumbs down, but we could definitely hear it, even over the noise of the other system fans in our chassis. Users can probably opt to remove one of the two fans if they are really sensitive, though we could live with it. Fan speed is automatically adjusted via a PWM controller so one can also set the speed manually in the BIOS.
At an estimated retail price of around S$99, the Cooler Master V6GT is one of the more expensive air-cooled models in the market. The company's own V8 cooler costs less, albeit being an older model. Add to the fact that we weren't terribly impressed with its noise level or the temperatures recorded, and we see the V6GT as a luxury for those who fancy the LED lights and the design. In practical terms, the V6GT didn't strike us as a cooler that we'll use everyday; it was just too much trouble installing it in the typical no-frills chassis. If you buy into its 'muscular engine' design and have the chassis to fit its bling, then be our guest.
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