Cooler Master V6GT CPU Cooler - Six for the Road

Launch SRP: S$99

Installation Woes

Installation Woes

While CPU coolers that support multiple sockets usually age more gracefully than a single socket type, moving along with your next processor upgrade, they are also more likely to pose some questions during installation. At the very least, one has to read the manual carefully to choose the right bracket and screws to use for a particular CPU socket. With its extensive support, the Cooler Master V6GT comes with quite an assortment of screws, backplates and retention plates.

The installation guide proves reasonably useful in answering our queries, but unfortunately, the process itself was more of a hassle than we initially expected. First, we had to find the Intel specific retention plates (two of them) and adjust them to fit our test system, which was a Socket LGA1366 board.

As you can see, there are three different sets of holes corresponding to the three major Intel socket types supported. You'll have to adjust the screws to the right hole and there are two such retention plates in total.

Next, we mounted the two retention plates to our motherboard, using a backplate and four screws. This is when we noticed a glaring design issue. It seems that one of the retention plates will interfere with the LGA1366 release catch for the processor. We couldn't remove our processor once these retention plates are installed. And there was no question of us changing the alignment of the retention plates to avoid the catch, since that would then affect the direction of the cooling fan once the heatsink was completely installed.

See the CPU release latch stuck under the retention plate here, making it quite difficult to change the processor if required. This is probably most troublesome for enthusiasts interested in trying various processors every so often.

In short, if you're changing your Core i7 processor to another, you'll have to remove the heatsink entirely, including the retention and backplates. Typically, one would just need to remove the fan with the heatsink base. Now, that's not too bad for us, since our chassis comes with a hole cut out from the bottom of the motherboard tray, allowing us access to the bottom of the board. But for those who do not have such a feature in their chassis, or a removable motherboard tray, you'll have to remove the entire motherboard out of the chassis to change the processor.

This bracket with the notch is how one attaches the heatsink/fan to the processor. The two screws here at either end of the bracket goes to the retention bracket already installed on the motherboard.

Additionally, one has to remove the two 120mm fans from the cooler before installing and the same applies when removing the heatsink fan. Given the space around the motherboard socket after installing the V6GT (as seen below), we have to say removing the heatsink will be equally troublesome. The casing used in our testbed is a Lian Li PC-P50R if you're interested to know.

As you can see, there isn't any allowance for us to manually unscrew the heatsink fan from the motherboard. So you'll have to remove the motherboard completely in any case, unless you have a removable motherboard tray or a chassis with the bottom cut out from below the socket.

The Good
Supports many different CPU sockets
Decent cooling performance
The Bad
Installation can be a hassle
Heatsink fans could be more quiet

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