|Cooler Master GeminII S524 CPU Heatsink|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cooling|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Monday, 22 August 2011|
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Closer Look: Cooler Master GeminII
The Cooler Master GeminII S524's box calls out the primary advantage of the "blow down" cooler design: you get cooling airflow over motherboard components as well as CPU cooling. One thing the box doesn't answer is how to pronounce the cooler's name: is it "Gemini", like the space capsule, or "Gemin Two"? I lean towards the latter.
Inside the box are the cooler, with the 120mm PWM fan already mounted, Intel and AMD backplates, mounting hardware for the cooler, and a resealable baggie of screws and washers, along with a tube of Cooler Master thermal interface material.
The cooler is large, but you won't have any trouble with it clearing anything on your motherboard except perhaps very tall memory. The cooler extends way out over your memory slots.
Five 6mm heat pipes expand out from the cooler's base into the large fin array at the top. Although the heat sink looks large, there's less metal here than there is in most high-end tower coolers. This is confirmed by the heat sink's weight: at 490 grams, it's about one-half to two-thirds the weight of coolers like the NZXT HAVIK 140 (760 grams) and the Cooler Master Hyper 612 PWM (806 grams).
The top of the cooler has mounting holes for a 140mm fan, should you wish to replace the built-in fan. However, since the cowling masks the extra area covered by the larger fan, I don't see what good it would do.
The base of the GeminII S524 is flat and polished, albeit not to a mirror finish. There must be something to this "fine grain" finish because I'm seeing it on more and more coolers these days.
Let's take a closer look and then mount this cooler.