Reviews and Problems with Cooler Master GeminII M4
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Very Poor Mounting Hardware for AMD Processors
Van Zandt "Galloping Gourmet too", Amazon
4 weeks ago
Summary: This has the worst mounting hardware! Why doesn't Cooler Master take advantage of the AMD backplate that comes with the motherboard? Instead, they provide their own funky, try-to-be-everything backplate that doesn't fit in some computer cases (like the Apevia), and in other cases it requires removal of the motherboard for its installation (in order to attach the nuts on the back of the motherboard). I could design better mounting hardware in my sleep.
Too Wide for Sabertooth 990FX/GEN3 R2.0 Motherboard
guttermonk "guttermonk", Amazon
23 September 2013
Summary: If you have RAM with heatsinks and the Sabertooth 990FX/GEN3 R2.0 Motherboard, you'll have to leave one of the RAM sockets empty if you want this cooler to fit. Also, you'll need access to the back of the mobo to install the cooler, which is a typical pain for aftermarket coolers. Once installed it ran 10C hotter than the cooler that came with AMD FX-8350.
Summary: I received the cooler on time and the shipping container was pristine. When I opened the retail box though, I was extremely disappointed. The fan on the cooler was scratched and had dust on it. The protective sticker at the bottom of the heat sink was removed and replaced with debris beneath it. There was a bracket missing from the LGA 2011 setup (Im using 1155) and half the thermal paste was gone.
Summary: They make these coolers super low profile, but usually the problem is that they run into the heat spreaders of your RAM and most performance RAM has large heat spreaders. I went through a lot of low profile coolers before giving up and installing a water cooler in my case. Ironically it fit better with the radiator and 120mm front fan than any of these did on my motherboard.
Summary: The cooler requires directly screwing it into the base plate. This means you will need someone to hold the motherboard, and another to attach the heat sink and directly screw it into the base plate with the heat paste already applied. Awful design, caused the heat paste to move off the CPU during instillation and short out my motherboard. It also has an odd shape for a low profile heat sink, would hit memory or bridges on most motherboards I am familiar with.
Summary: I have tried all kinds of heat sinks, stock, nexus, noctua, thermaltake, scythe... i have to say for an overall impression this rates down near the bottom. The cooling performance seems reasonable for what it is, I don't really have complaints about that. The major issues with this cooler are as follows... Noise level is too loud at default, but undervolted to about 1/2-2/3 it's reasonable enough. The retention clips are the worst, cheapest clips i have ever seen.
Summary: Alors, un très bon point pour le silence et pour l'installation mais, plutôt déçu par le serrage des vis qu'on ne peut bloquer à fond. Du coup, ça tourne dans le vide et on sait pas si ça ne va pas se dévisser ou vibrer au fil du temps ! J'ai plusieurs ventirads de ce genre et je conseille son grand frère EVO pour les PC qui ont suffisamment de place en hauteur.
Summary: Fixation pas simple,il faut démonter la carte mère.Caléoducs en cuivre,mais contact douteux.Bas mais large et profond.Touche presque les barrettes mémoires.Bien étudier dans quel sens le mettre. Le ventilateur ne fait pas très sérieux,j'ai mis un Noctua à la place. Question refroidissement : *CPU # 25°, *cœurs entre 48 et 55° au repos, *système 41°. Mais pour cela ,j'ai rajouté 2 ventilateurs dans le boitier.Donc,perplexe,mais je suis peut être difficile.