I was very impressed with the performance of the V8 GTS. This cooler sports 8 heatpipes for maximum heat transfer. The V8 GTS has the ability to handle thermal loads up to an astounding 250W. The cooler also includes the legendary and super effective HVC technology. The horizontal vapor chamber technology minimizes CPU hotspots to spread heat evenly to all heat pipes.
Now onto the part that you, the consumer, really wants to know about. How does it actually perform in real world situations. All tests were conducted in a 23c room using P95 blend test on a 3770k CPU. All CPU coolers were using a pea sized application of Prolimatech PK-3 TIM. Keep in mind that the temps I am sharing are the temps of the hottest core. Let’s start with my Swiftech Apogee HD CPU block. There is 1080mm of rad space and a GPU block in addition to the CPU block in the loop. Ten minutes into P95 blend test with my Swiftech Apogee HD CPU block produced temps of 52C. Temps with my Noctua NH-D14 under the same condition were 60c. With the V8 GTS, I was very surprised with the results. Ten minutes into P95 blend test temps were 59c. That is 1c cooler than the beloved and very popular Noctua NH-D14. How could that be possible considering that this cooler is smaller, sleeker, and (IMO) sexier. I believe this is where the HVC technology comes into play.