The Cooler Master V10 comes packaged very well in soft foam with a separate compartment for the associated mounting hardware. In fact it takes a bit of wiggling to coax the V10 out of the material, even with the block of foam outside the box.
The V10 comes with all mounting hardware required for AMD socket 754/939/AM2 and Intel LGA 775/1366, as well as instructions, warranty info and a small trial packet of Cooler Master's new thermal compound, ThermalFusion 400. The V10 is huge - it not only consists of the cube-shaped main tower portion of heat sink similar to the V8, but also incorporates a third wing of fins that hang off the side.
There are six heatpipes built into the main CPU base, two of which branch up into one half of the tower and four that go into the horizontal wing. The four center heatpipes also extend out the other side and are attached to the peltier cold plate. On the hot side, two more heatpipes curve both ways up into the other side of the tower. It's hard to visualize how the heatpipe routing and cooling takes place behind the plastic shroud so let's take that off for a better look.
Removing the shroud requires taking out two hex bolts and unclipping the plastic from the fins. The dual 120mm fans are mounted into the shroud and slide out with it. Now we get a better view of the three finned sections and how they are connected. The horizontal fan is aimed down, blowing air through the fins and over the motherboard, which should greatly assist in secondary cooling for components surrounding the CPU socket. The vertical fan pulls air through one tower bank and pushes it out the other, just like the V8 cooler does. Ideally this airflow would be directed towards the back of the case to be exhausted out the rear. The base of the V10 has a nice looking finish, although not quite a mirror polish as there are some very fine marks from machining.
The peltier is powered from a control box that sits atop the CPU base. There is a thermal probe that touches the top of one of the heatpipes and registers the temperature so that the TEC can be turned on or off automatically as needed. This is my first experience with a peltier-powered cooler so of course I had to disassemble the hot and cold plates for a closer look at the TEC. Unfortunately there's not much to see, however removing the center area of thermal paste reveals an identifying label. I checked with Laird Technologies and also their Melcor Thermo unit but couldn't seem to find a match for a 6830 TEC, so the only specs we have to go on are those supplied by Cooler Master, which state that the operating temperature of the TEC is 25~70° C, with a maximum rated power and current draw of 70W and 9.8A respectively. Since CM advertises the V10 as a 200W+ cooler, they must be banking on the air cooler alone handling 130W or more of processor thermal design power or TDP.
Continue ahead to installation.