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November 26, 2010 12:31:23 AM

I am looking for some advice from the experts. I just purchased a i7 950 CPU and a Cooler Master V8 Heatsink. I was going to install it in my HAF 932 case, but was wondering if there are any better heatsink out there that are easier to install (with replaceable fans without removing heatsink)? I have a GIGABYTE X58A-UD3R MOBO. I am using 12 GB of 1600 DDR3 OCZ so temps could get a bit warm. I do not really plan to OC the CPU much as it is used mostly for work. I do have a EVGA GTX 470 which can generate some heat, but the HAF 933 has 4 good fans as well.

Should I install the V8, or is there another good heatsink that is a bit easier to install and is lighter. Do I need to worry about the V8 breaking by board or damaging the CPU socket or Processor? What about the Corsair H50? Any others you guys can recommend or should I use the stock cooler?

Bryan

Do I have to take off my side fan on my HAF 932 if I use the V8?

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November 26, 2010 1:01:36 AM

Depending on what the word "much" means . . . well, anyhow . . .

With 12GB memory on the Gigabyte board (assuming 6 sticks), you might want to look at the Cooler Master 212+. It performs well for $30. Using all the slots, especially if the memory has heatsinks, can be an issue with coolers/fans.
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November 26, 2010 1:04:17 AM

If you have no overclocking plans, then even the stock cooler will be ok.. Going for an aftermarket solution in this case will still fetch benefits in terms of reduced temperatures and lower noise levels.. The V8 fits adequately to that profile and it looks good also adding some jaaz to your setup.. The installation procedure is a little pain for sure but don't worry about it breaking off from the motherboard.. And yes, there are better solutions available but since you have already bought it, i'll say you stick with it.. Its still quite capable and will handle a stock (even a slightly overclocked) i7 quite nicely..
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November 26, 2010 1:29:18 AM

Emperus said:
If you have no overclocking plans, then even the stock cooler will be ok.. Going for an aftermarket solution in this case will still fetch benefits in terms of reduced temperatures and lower noise levels.. The V8 fits adequately to that profile and it looks good also adding some jaaz to your setup.. The installation procedure is a little pain for sure but don't worry about it breaking off from the motherboard.. And yes, there are better solutions available but since you have already bought it, i'll say you stick with it.. Its still quite capable and will handle a stock (even a slightly overclocked) i7 quite nicely..


I do have the V8 already as it came with my bundle. The new version has spring screws it seems. How tight should it be secure to the board with the backplate nuts? The springs I think protect it from over tightening. Do I tighten all the way as it may bend bracket or just until MOBO flex. I do not want to damage board or CPU. I worry that when I turn case upright it will not make good contact with the CPU. Also, do I stick the rubber washers to the spring screws or MOBO? Since I have to place heatsink down on board I assume I stick them to the spring screws? http://www.coolermaster.com/upload/download/320/files/L...
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November 26, 2010 1:31:56 AM

Twoboxer said:
Depending on what the word "much" means . . . well, anyhow . . .

With 12GB memory on the Gigabyte board (assuming 6 sticks), you might want to look at the Cooler Master 212+. It performs well for $30. Using all the slots, especially if the memory has heatsinks, can be an issue with coolers/fans.


I have this combo with the addition of 6 GB more (3 x 2GB), a EVGA GTX 470, 120GB SSD. Does not look like mem has heatsinks. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...
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November 26, 2010 1:34:14 AM

Emperus said:
If you have no overclocking plans, then even the stock cooler will be ok.. Going for an aftermarket solution in this case will still fetch benefits in terms of reduced temperatures and lower noise levels.. The V8 fits adequately to that profile and it looks good also adding some jaaz to your setup.. The installation procedure is a little pain for sure but don't worry about it breaking off from the motherboard.. And yes, there are better solutions available but since you have already bought it, i'll say you stick with it.. Its still quite capable and will handle a stock (even a slightly overclocked) i7 quite nicely..


can this heatsink attach to the 3 pin CPU_POWER to control speed or do I use another connection? I think SYS_FAN2 is a 4 PIN, but how can X58A-UD3R board regulate cpu fan speed?
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November 26, 2010 1:37:47 AM

The 4-pin connector from the CM V8 goes to the 4-pin socket CPU_FAN on the mobo, next to the memory sockets.
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November 26, 2010 1:59:10 AM

Tight enough lol. Seriously, the most important thing is to get even tension on all 4 corners of the heatsink/backplate sandwich. (Tighten one screw, the diagonal opposite, another, its diagonal opposite, etc).

When finished, the heat sink must not wobble loose - grabbing it and attempting to pull it sideways should immediately lead to torquing the mobo.
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November 26, 2010 2:23:29 AM

Just make sure that the backplate is secured tightly on the motherboard.. The spring screws need not be (actually cannot be also) tightened full end.. Just enough turns to make sure that the cooler is in its place secured from all the four ends.. You can check for gaping by lifting the cooler after securing it on the motherboard..
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November 26, 2010 2:37:05 AM

I have a HAF 932 with a CM V8 and it fit easily...plenty of slack left also, no need to remove any fans or anything. The V8 is heavy but I built my PC exactly a year ago on this day, on thanksgiving lol, and my board works fine, I had the same concerns but the boards easily handle it, especially with the backplate for the V8, it spreads it's weight out so widely that the board should easily handle it. V8 is a great cooler though :) .
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November 26, 2010 5:12:13 PM

blackhawk1928 said:
I have a HAF 932 with a CM V8 and it fit easily...plenty of slack left also, no need to remove any fans or anything. The V8 is heavy but I built my PC exactly a year ago on this day, on thanksgiving lol, and my board works fine, I had the same concerns but the boards easily handle it, especially with the backplate for the V8, it spreads it's weight out so widely that the board should easily handle it. V8 is a great cooler though :) .


did you tighten it down to the end of spring screw (it pops) or just hand tight until snug as others have stated?
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November 26, 2010 5:40:16 PM

Don't quite remember, but I think I just tightened the screws until it was stable enough so it woundn't wobble and was perfectly secure.
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November 27, 2010 2:44:05 PM

Hey I just upgraded the cpu cooler on my secondary gaming rig to a V8.. I just secured the heatsink by tightning the nuts on the back plate.. Its nice and firm.. Din't needed to turn the spring screws at all..
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November 27, 2010 2:54:29 PM

Emperus said:
Hey I just upgraded the cpu cooler on my secondary gaming rig to a V8.. I just secured the heatsink by tightning the nuts on the back plate.. Its nice and firm.. Din't needed to turn the spring screws at all..


How much did you tighten down the nuts on the back of the board? All the way or just until the board started to show stress? Did you just hand tighten or use a screwdriver? I can only hand tighten mine and I think it may be incorrect. The rubber pads stick to spring screws correct and go on top of MOBO socket?
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November 28, 2010 4:29:03 AM

A hex screw driver is provided in the accessory set.. Use it to tighten the nuts.. Don't push it too much though.. Tighten it as much so that one can't loosen it with bare hands..
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November 29, 2010 11:22:11 AM

Emperus said:
A hex screw driver is provided in the accessory set.. Use it to tighten the nuts.. Don't push it too much though.. Tighten it as much so that one can't loosen it with bare hands..


when you tighten it down, did the back plate bend a bit for the V8? I installed mine with tabs towards the board as shown in instructions, but as I tighten it bends a bit. The 1366 plat has 4 tabs with insulation on them. There is also insulation on backplate that faces the outside of the case.
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November 29, 2010 3:22:55 PM

The backplate need not bend.. I'll reach home and take some photos and try to upload them.. That might be of some help.. Till then, try and search on the web regarding reviews for the V8.. The installation procedure might be shown there along with diagrams..
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November 29, 2010 3:35:23 PM

Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Is the best air cooler for the money. It performs as well as the 100 dollar coolers but for a much much cheaper price.

Keeps my Warm Phenom II x4 955 OC to 4.2 GHz idle 31c and load 51c

I added the second 120mm fan in a push pull setup

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November 29, 2010 4:14:13 PM

Emperus said:
The backplate need not bend.. I'll reach home and take some photos and try to upload them.. That might be of some help.. Till then, try and search on the web regarding reviews for the V8.. The installation procedure might be shown there along with diagrams..


Thank you very much. :) 
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November 29, 2010 4:15:22 PM

Tillman32 said:
Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Is the best air cooler for the money. It performs as well as the 100 dollar coolers but for a much much cheaper price.

Keeps my Warm Phenom II x4 955 OC to 4.2 GHz idle 31c and load 51c

I added the second 120mm fan in a push pull setup

http://i521.photobucket.com/albums/w336/Statphxsuns/2010-11-27045525.jpg


I like that cooler as well, but I already have the V8 so I will just use that. I like the push/pull setup.
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November 29, 2010 6:04:30 PM

Tillman32 said:
Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Is the best air cooler for the money. It performs as well as the 100 dollar coolers but for a much much cheaper price.


Thanks for making me feel good. I picked this up over the weekend on the $14.99 AR sale - figured that's gonna end up being a very good price/performance ratio
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November 29, 2010 7:54:00 PM

Yeah, I got buddies with the same CPU but they spend $80+ on theirs and I get the same performance.

And yeah Newegg.com has it for 15 bucks after rebate ( And CoolerMaster Is good about rebates )
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November 29, 2010 8:54:16 PM

Tillman32 said:
Yeah, I got buddies with the same CPU but they spend $80+ on theirs and I get the same performance.

And yeah Newegg.com has it for 15 bucks after rebate ( And CoolerMaster Is good about rebates )


I have a V8 cooler and I may sell it on eBay and get a Cooler Master 212 with push/pull. WOuld it perform better? What is the fan I need to get to match the original? Does all air flow from right to left to back of case? |CASE FAN|<-FAN|CM212|FAN<-
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November 29, 2010 9:18:13 PM

Correct It pulls air from near the RAM and pushes it through right to the other fan that sucks it out right to my back exhaust fan.

In my opinion, the hyper 212 is going to cool better for a few reasons
* 2 120mm Fans
*Copper Heat pipes
*Copper Base

The fact that you can only have 1 fan on the V8 ( its also a fan that they give you so its not going to be fantastic )

With the 212 you can attach ANY 120mm fan, this means you can spend 20 bucks on 2 120mm fans by cooler master that push 90CFM which is amazing for a 120mm fan with only 20db.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I plan on 2 of those soon. So for less then the cost of 1 v8 you can get a hyper 212 with 2 AMAZING fans and have better cooling.

Either one is going to do the job, it just depends on how high you want to OC and how much of a temp freak you are.

If it were me id sell the v8 spend 30 - get the 15 MIR and then spend 5 more dollars on those 2 fans.
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November 29, 2010 9:27:41 PM

Tillman32 said:
Correct It pulls air from near the RAM and pushes it through right to the other fan that sucks it out right to my back exhaust fan.

In my opinion, the hyper 212 is going to cool better for a few reasons
* 2 120mm Fans
*Copper Heat pipes
*Copper Base

The fact that you can only have 1 fan on the V8 ( its also a fan that they give you so its not going to be fantastic )

With the 212 you can attach ANY 120mm fan, this means you can spend 20 bucks on 2 120mm fans by cooler master that push 90CFM which is amazing for a 120mm fan with only 20db.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I plan on 2 of those soon. So for less then the cost of 1 v8 you can get a hyper 212 with 2 AMAZING fans and have better cooling.

Either one is going to do the job, it just depends on how high you want to OC and how much of a temp freak you are.

If it were me id sell the v8 spend 30 - get the 15 MIR and then spend 5 more dollars on those 2 fans.


It is to bad that fan is sold out. I am looking to see if I can find it elsewhere now. I agree the 212+ will most likely cool better. :) 
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November 29, 2010 9:30:45 PM

bgarrant said:
It is to bad that fan is sold out. I am looking to see if I can find it elsewhere now. I agree the 212+ will most likely cool better. :) 



Yeah I know =( They're damn good fans that's why. I plan on buying 10 of them for my case and everything, by that time I wont even have to dust out my case cause it will dust itself out.
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November 29, 2010 9:32:24 PM

Tillman32 said:
Correct It pulls air from near the RAM and pushes it through right to the other fan that sucks it out right to my back exhaust fan.

In my opinion, the hyper 212 is going to cool better for a few reasons
* 2 120mm Fans
*Copper Heat pipes
*Copper Base

The fact that you can only have 1 fan on the V8 ( its also a fan that they give you so its not going to be fantastic )

With the 212 you can attach ANY 120mm fan, this means you can spend 20 bucks on 2 120mm fans by cooler master that push 90CFM which is amazing for a 120mm fan with only 20db.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I plan on 2 of those soon. So for less then the cost of 1 v8 you can get a hyper 212 with 2 AMAZING fans and have better cooling.

Either one is going to do the job, it just depends on how high you want to OC and how much of a temp freak you are.

If it were me id sell the v8 spend 30 - get the 15 MIR and then spend 5 more dollars on those 2 fans.


Since they only have a 3 pin connector how do you connect to CPU-FAN controller on MOBO? I will need to use two fan controllers on MOBO correct? How do I setup connections?
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November 29, 2010 9:36:03 PM

Tillman32 said:
Yeah I know =( They're damn good fans that's why. I plan on buying 10 of them for my case and everything, by that time I wont even have to dust out my case cause it will dust itself out.


It looks like you can change fans without removing the heatsink correct? That is my fear with the V8.
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November 29, 2010 9:39:09 PM

bgarrant said:
Since they only have a 3 pin connector how do you connect to CPU-FAN controller on MOBO? I will need to use two fan controllers on MOBO correct? How do I setup connections?



Well the fan that comes with it is a 4pin, so that's what I have plugged into it now. And you could either get a converter wire, say screw it and plug the 3 pin into the 4 and bend that 4th pen out a little. lol. Or just plug it into a fan controller or a fan spot on your MOBO. You'd have to disable CPU fan Fail warning in the bios though cause if you have nothing plugged in there it will beep at you.

And I'm sure you could tell if one of the fans die, so I wouldn't worry about over heating your CPU, *** the cooler alone w.o fans just your case fans going would probably cool it enough to not fry it.

I'll probably do the fan controller idea, since I have a fan controller. But any of those will work. *** you could plug it into molex even, you're probably gonna have then running 100% anyway.
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November 29, 2010 9:41:26 PM

Tillman32 said:
Well the fan that comes with it is a 4pin, so that's what I have plugged into it now. And you could either get a converter wire, say screw it and plug the 3 pin into the 4 and bend that 4th pen out a little. lol. Or just plug it into a fan controller or a fan spot on your MOBO. You'd have to disable CPU fan Fail warning in the bios though cause if you have nothing plugged in there it will beep at you.

And I'm sure you could tell if one of the fans die, so I wouldn't worry about over heating your CPU, *** the cooler alone w.o fans just your case fans going would probably cool it enough to not fry it.

I'll probably do the fan controller idea, since I have a fan controller. But any of those will work. *** you could plug it into molex even, you're probably gonna have then running 100% anyway.


I wonder how the 212+ with push/pull compares to the V8 if I used a 90 CFM fans in both?
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November 29, 2010 9:44:07 PM

bgarrant said:
I wonder how the 212+ with push/pull compares to the V8 if I used a 90 CFM fans in both?



Well I don't know if you can replace the v8 fan easily, maybe but to me it looked like a skinny 120, could be wrong.

But even then its 1 fan vs 2 and in the V8 one half of the cooler is getting a lot more air then the other side because fans don't really do a lot of cooling pulling unless they're pulling from the a cool air source.

The v8 pulls from the hot CPU cooler the blows it back to the other side of the hot heatsink, imo its bad design.
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November 29, 2010 9:48:53 PM

Tillman32 said:
Well I don't know if you can replace the v8 fan easily, maybe but to me it looked like a skinny 120, could be wrong.

But even then its 1 fan vs 2 and in the V8 one half of the cooler is getting a lot more air then the other side because fans don't really do a lot of cooling pulling unless they're pulling from the a cool air source.

The v8 pulls from the hot CPU cooler the blows it back to the other side of the hot heatsink, imo its bad design.


Have you seen the new V6GT? Looks about same as push/pull 212 with fancy casing.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 29, 2010 9:52:24 PM

Tillman32 said:
Well the fan that comes with it is a 4pin, so that's what I have plugged into it now. And you could either get a converter wire, say screw it and plug the 3 pin into the 4 and bend that 4th pen out a little. lol. Or just plug it into a fan controller or a fan spot on your MOBO. You'd have to disable CPU fan Fail warning in the bios though cause if you have nothing plugged in there it will beep at you.

And I'm sure you could tell if one of the fans die, so I wouldn't worry about over heating your CPU, *** the cooler alone w.o fans just your case fans going would probably cool it enough to not fry it.

I'll probably do the fan controller idea, since I have a fan controller. But any of those will work. *** you could plug it into molex even, you're probably gonna have then running 100% anyway.


so best would be to plug one into CPU FAN and another into SYSTEM FAN controllers and then disable throttle in BIOS so they run at 100% correct? Do you know what standard stock fan the 212+ uses in case I just wanted to buy a second one for now? Looks like I can add the 90CFM option if ever needed without having to remove heatsink.
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November 29, 2010 9:55:01 PM

Tillman32 said:
Yeah, I got buddies with the same CPU but they spend $80+ on theirs and I get the same performance.

And yeah Newegg.com has it for 15 bucks after rebate ( And CoolerMaster Is good about rebates )


would this be the correct two fan option?

Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price
1

COOLER MASTER R4-BMBS-20PK-R0 Blade Master 120mm Case Fan

COOLER MASTER R4-BMBS-20PK-R0 Blade Master 120mm Case Fan
Item #: N82E16835103069
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy




$11.99

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COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ...
Item #: N82E16835103065
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy


$15.00 Mail-in Rebate35-103-065


$29.99
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November 29, 2010 11:43:28 PM

Tillman32 said:
Why go with another fan that has a 4 pin? That fan is already on there. Id get atleast 1 of the good ones, if you don't want to wait cooler master has better cheaper options then that one.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


These are the blue fans I'm using in that picture, one is on my cooler they aren't bad

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I read in a port that the two fans needed to match for best performance. If I have one 90CFM and one 76CFM will that matter?
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November 30, 2010 1:08:08 AM

Not really, ones just gonna blow more air. Id put the 90 on the left close to the ram though and have the 70 help that air through out the back
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November 30, 2010 1:37:24 PM

bgarrant said:
I read in a port that the two fans needed to match for best performance. If I have one 90CFM and one 76CFM will that matter?



I'm no expert but it seems you're overthinking this perhaps. They are fans, they move air. If one fan is slightly more productive I don't see how its a huge deal. Maybe I'm wrong.
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