Cooling components is critical. This is why when you buy a processor it comes with a CPU heatsink and fan. Heat wears components out faster and reduces their reliability. The first thing I do when working with a new machine is replace the stock heatsink with an aftermarket one. They are more efficient and depending on the configuration, could even be quieter. Cooler Master has sent us a CPU cooler that caught my attention. The GeminII S524 is a square shaped cooler that instead of sitting directly over the CPU itself extends over one side to cool additional components. I have always been a big fan of aftermarket CPU coolers with two fans in a push/pull configuration. Typically CPU coolers with a single fan don’t seem to work as well, and I am unsure of how the overhang will impact the general airflow in the case itself.
Product Name: Cooler Master GeminII S524
Review Sample Provided by: Cooler Master
Review by: Jakob Barnard
Pictures by: Jakob Barnard
There are a few important notes on the specifications. First is that while Cooler Master has included a 120mm fan, there is support for swapping it out for a 140mm fan. It doesn’t list it on the specification listing, but the five heatpipes are 6mm in size. Lastly, the clearance from the base of the cooler to the bottom of the heatsink under the overhang is 47mm. RAM higher than this will be an issue.