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Cooler Master GeminII S524 CPU Cooler Review
23 January 2012
Excerpt: Cooler Master GeminII S524 The Cooler Master GeminII S524 is a C-style CPU cooler, aiming the cooling fan down to aid in cooling system components as well as the CPU. The GeminII S524 is compatible with AMD socket AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+ and FM1 sockets, and Intel Socket 775/1155/1366/1156 mainboards. The included fan is 120mm 4-pin PWM sleeve bearing design, capable of ~34 to ~78CFM with an 800-1800rpm speed range at ~15 to ~32dBA noise levels.
Summary: Overall, I liked the GeminII S524. While it may not offer as much CPU cooling as high-end tower coolers, and certainly not as much as closed-loop water cooling, the fact that it is able to cool other areas as well makes up for some of that. And at only $40, it offers more than similarly priced tower coolers.
Overall, the Gemin II S524 CPU Cooler was an easy to install, easy to work with and a decent cooling product. It not only cools the CPU, but also the motherboard and components connected to it. The high clearance from the motherboard makes it ideal for people with high heat spreaders on their RAM, or even other components which may cause a clearance issue with other coolers.
Summary: The Cooler Master GeminII S524 may not present top-notch performance, but it performs very well for a horizontal cooler, while cooling the memories and the motherboard as well. Its clearance of 1.8” (47 mm) allows it to be compatible with most memory modules.
The level noise is good, thanks to its beautiful and efficient fan.
Conclusion: The Cooler Master GeminII S524 is a great cooler that has more than enough cooling potential for stock builds that want to be silent. It also has excellent cooling potential for users who want to push their hardware as far as they can; the 4.0Ghz San Ace test is a good example of this. The only thing we would have liked to see with the S524 us a simpler install method. The Cooler Master GeminII S524 will be available at retail channels (such as Newegg) soon.
Conclusion: Please remember that these test results reflect our experience with each cooler on a specific motherboard, with a specific processor, BIOS revision, BCLK and voltage settings, and test programs. The results of this test cannot be directly compared to other tests since many factors will have changed. The GeminII S524's design isn't often seen any more, but performs well in cases where space is at a premium.
Pros: Small, low profile design, Quiet fan, Cools motherboard components as well as CPU
Cons: Fan shroud blocks extra air from 140mm fans, Does not exhaust hot air out of the case, Requires extra attention to case airflow for maximum effectiveness
Excerpt: Even with the shrinking of the CPU production process, lower voltges, and much better performance per watt ratios, today’s CPUs still produce a lot of heat. A few years ago there was no need for 120mm fans or heatpipes, but with the increasing popularity of multi core CPU’s, the requirements for heat dissipation are providing us with a lot of new cooler models, one of which is the Coolermaster Geminii S.