GeminII S524 features a larger Heat sink for improved cooling performance, and increased memory module clearance to support high end memory modules featuring large Heat sinks of their own. It comes equipped with a modular 120mm fan with an ideal noise performance ratio throughout its supported range of rpm. It can be upgraded to a 140mm fan to further boost its cooling performance or opt for a super low noise, low rpm fan.
Balance cooling between CPU and components on the motherboard.
Higher ground clearance for better memory module compatibility.
Larger heatsink for better performance.
12cm PWM fan provides versatile performance for full loading efficiency and for quiet idling.
Compatible with 14cm fans (optional).
- by David_W @Nov 28, 2011
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First of all, some may understandably confuse this cooler with a similarly-named cooler by the same manufacturer: the Cooler Master Gemin II M4. In addition to a minor difference in price, they are very different coolers in many other respects, despite similarities in name and the fact that both are classed as low profile coolers. For one, this cooler, the S524, has five nickle-plated heatpipes that are press-fitted into the plated copper base, while the M4 has only four heatpipes with a direct-contact design. The M4 only stands 59mm tall, including its low profile fan, while this one, the S524, stands 106.4mm tall including the standard depth 120mm fan. So low profile is a relative term. Not surprisingly, the S524 weighs more that twice as much as its cousin. In terms of performance, despite lacking direct contact heatpipes, the S524 is the superior cooler, which isn't altogether unexpected considering it has a far greater cooling surface area and an extra heatpipe compared to the M4, plus the S524 has the cooling fins located directly above the cpu socket extending all the way to the base, while the M4 relies exclusively on the heatpipes to transfer heat away from the socket. Lastly, the fan on S524 spins somewhat faster (at max) and has greater airflow. Frosty Tech has comparison charts for those wanting the numbers.
I'm using this on an i7-2600k with stock voltages and running 1887 ram and not a hair of problems. Cpu temp is perfect and helps to keep the ram cool as well. Looks nice in my case as well which is a bonus and you can't beat the price at all.
This cooler is mounted to an AMD Phenom II 565 unlocked to 4 cores with a Voltage bump from 1.385 to 1.400 l Stock 3.4Ghz Clock Speeds. Even in an NMedia 2000 series case this cooler is ~15 degrees cooler then the stock AMD cooler l idle. I was seeing 52-53 degrees idle with the AMD and now see 34-36 degrees idle with this cooler. I did not have time to do a Load Test.
The Base of the cooler is smooth and near reflective, they have done a good job at lapping it. Instalation is straight forward and very secure.
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