|Cooler Master GeminII S524 CPU Heatsink|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cooling|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Tuesday, 23 August 2011|
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GeminII S524 Detailed Features
This image gives a better idea of the shape of the cooler. The idea here is that air blown down through the fins will also cool motherboard components such as the memory and VRMs.
For the Intel installation, you'll attach these two mounting brackets to the cooler's base. The captive screws at the ends of the "arms" are in slots that allow them to move a few millimeters back and forth; this is how they accommodate the various geometries of Intel cooler mounting points.
Springs on the captive screws provide the clamping pressure that presses the heat sink down on your CPU.
To install the cooler, you hold it inside your system with one hand and hang the back plate on the screws protruding through the motherboard with the other. Four nuts secure the screws; Cooler Master provides a little nut driver head that lets you tighten the nuts with a screwdriver. Having another person handy helps during mounting, but you can do it yourself if you have to.
Compared to many other third-party coolers, the Cooler Master GeminII S524 looks almost dainty in your case. On my ASUS Sabertooth X58 motherboard, the cooler overhangs the first four of the six DIMM slots. The cooler's fins have 47mm of clearance over the motherboard, so most memory will fit with no problem. However, memory with tall fins won't.
Now that it's mounted, let's see how the GeminII S524 performs.