Test System & Test Results
TweakTown uses a different method for testing CPU heatsinks which allows for an even playing field across all product tests. We feel that by using the same ambient temperature and strict lab-like testing procedures we are able to accurately compare one product to another. More information on our testing procedure can be found in the T.E.C.C. article here.
In the idle testing, the Cooler Master GeminII S524 didn't do so well against the others on the charts. While there is no excuse for being a poor performer, with all things considered; a quiet fan, less fins to make the cooler more compatible and it's still only eight degrees from the best coolers. For $40, that is pretty good!
The load testing is where the reality sets in. Our TEC is set to mimic a CPU that was pretty power hungry, and as you can see, this cooler didn't do so well at these levels. So let's just say that this cooler isn't intended for extremists, but rather as a creative multi-functional solution for cooling a lower TDP chip under control. For something like a 2500K or 2600K, this cooler will cope with the heat load, but our testing is more on point with say an i7 920 as far as temperatures are concerned.
The noise levels emitted from the S524 were, well, great! This fan with 7.5V surging through it only produced 30 dB of noise level, and in reality that is barely audible even with your ear right next to the fan.
This fan produced what I expected on the load testing as well. With the fan being so quiet at idle, it is no surprise to me that this 44 dB reading is all the noise I got with 12V of power to the fan. So while it may not take on the top power drawing processors very well, it will do it in near silence at any level.