Reviews and Problems with Cooler Master GeminII (RR-CCH-ANU2-GP)
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Robert W., Newegg
1 September 2008
Summary: All in all a good cooler, I didn't want to give it a 5 because it was almost more trouble than it was worth when it was all said and done. If you have a stable set up and wont have to add or take out ram or plug anything around it in, it will work wonders for your system.
Pros: The cooler works well. When I had it installed my cpu temp never went above 50 even under a massive load.
Cons: Its huge. it hung well over my ram, which was nice for the extra cooling which is why it was designed that way, but I lost about 5 layers of skin on my knuckles trying to install the ram. I had to eventually upgrade to a motherboard that worked and sadly the cpu on the gigabyte m750sli motherboar...
Summary: My case is a CoolerMaster 690. I'm running only the 3 stock fans that came with the case, and none of the fans are positioned to blow directly on this heat sink. I'm not overclocking at the moment, except my factory-overclocked video card.
Pros: Despite what some others have said, this heat sink will cool OK without fans if there's decent air movement through the case. I built my system about a month ago with a Core 2 Duo and the stock cooler. I logged my CPU temperatures for several days (doing everything from idling to intense games) h...
Cons: This thing is truly a monster to install. It requires complete removal of the motherboard, and then when reconnecting everything it makes screws and power cables very hard to reach. I'm pretty mechanically inclined and it took me over an hour to do it all. It's not as physically big as I was expe...
Summary: I will recommend this to anyone. Once it's installed, you only have to keep it clean, that's it. It keeps temps low even when overclocking. It's friggin' beautiful. It has it's drawbacks, but it's got way more Pros than Cons.
Pros: I own two of these beasts for my PCs. Very large cooler, but lots of surface area. Heat is not an issue when overclocking. Low C.F.M. fans are all that's needed, and if the fans go bad, they can be replaced. It keeps all parts cooler inside the PC. Best alternative option to going watercooled. Sh...
Cons: The mobo needs to be removed in order to install. Hard to get to the RAM after install. If you install lots of good RAM before install, shouldn't be a problem. The case must be big enough to get it to fit inside. It fits just fine in my mid-tower PC, but it just fits. a smaller mid-tower may have...
Summary: Install the RAM before putting this cooler on. It will be a tight fit for the DIMMs closest to the CPU because the heatpipes get in the way so make sure to use memory with a heat spreader or with nothing at all. You can forget being able to fit any memory with a larger passive cooling system.
Pros: Heat pipes! Nice passive cooler with the ability to mount 2x 120mm fans for added cooling. Much better than a stock cooler.
Cons: It's huge! I doubt this thing would fit in anything but a full or mid tower. It blocks the view of my LED RAM and makes cable routing difficult. RAM is nearly inaccessible once the cooler is installed. I do not like how there is nothing other than the backplate supporting the cooler especially wh...
Summary: Make sure you buy Fans that you can control the speed... I bought cheap leds that plug into the four pin from the power supply. WOW talk about loud, but i have never seen the processor (AMD x2 3800+ OCed from 2ghz to 2.5ghz) get over 80F so i guess the noise is well worth it
Pros: Amazing cooling of everything from cpu, ram and north bridge. looks sweet with leds, makes people notice your tower :)
Cons: Huge! have to remove mobo to install. Good luck getting to RAM with this thing in, covers them completly.
Summary: Installed on a Phenom 9850 using arctic silver 5 and 2 110cfm scythe fans. On the stock cooler my temps were 43'C at idle and 63'C under a gaming load. With this I idle at 34'C and load temps are 45 max during games. After running prim 95's stress test it maxed out at 55'C.
Pros: Does a decent job cooling CPU as well as other components. Looks pretty cool. High clearance, allowed me to install an aftermarket north bridge heatsink.
Cons: There are better solutions at a comparable price that are smaller and lighter. Installing this cpu cooler makes it difficult to access ram and the atx power plug.
Summary: Makes a great HTPC cooler, since it cools nearly everything around it. However, for the OCing enthusiast, money is better spent on something else. I gave it a 4 star because it lacked a backplate for the LGA775.
Pros: Downward draft style cooling cools nearby components, such as ram, Northbridge, etc. Can fit 2 x 120mm fans on top of it. Low height makes it ideal for narrower cases. Nice, flat, polished base.
Cons: For LGA775, there is no backplate. This will warp the motherboard if you tight the cooler on too much. This results into a loss of pressure, which means less cooling efficiency. Also, despite it's size and weight, it only performs moderately, around 5C decrease from Intel stock cooler.
Summary: mounted two 120mm ULTRA KAZE fans to this beast of a cooler, CPU peaks at 37.6C under full load, my 80mm side fan also blows right on top of the fan sitting above the CPU would highly recommend this cooler to anyone who has the room to mount it
Pros: awesome cooling, mounting hardware for two 120mm fans, can cool north chip or ram.