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Cooler Master GeminII S524 Version 2 CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 17, 2015 5:14 pm
TweakTown Rating: 87%Manufacturer: Cooler Master

Test System Setup

 

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I would first like to thank ASUS, InWin, Patriot and Fractal Design for supplying products for me to test with.

 

To see our testing methodology and to find out what goes into making our charts, please refer to our CPU Cooler Testing and Methodology article for that information.

 

 

Thermal Results

 

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As we look at the stock results, we found our idle temperature hovered at 35 degrees here, and when we allowed AIDA64 to run, we saw this cooler climb up to 57 degrees at this point. It is hard to shed a good light on this result as it bests only four aftermarket solutions, but keep in mind that it is 23 degrees cooler than the stock cooling option.

 

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With no TDP listed anywhere for either version, we had no idea what to expect when the fan was allowed to run at full speed, and the CPU was overclocked. We found the S524 Ver 2 sticks with about the same level of performance, besting a select few other coolers with its 78.5 degree result. Still, 20 degrees better than stock, and with a ton less noise involved.

 

 

Noise Level Results

 

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Applying 7.5V to the fan left us with the Silencio spinning at 1300 RPM. At this point, most systems are going to be louder than this cooler, and after turning off other fans in ours, we got a reading of 24 dB at this point in the testing. At the top of the charts for silence.

 

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Giving the fan all the juice, we saw ours spinning at 2180 RPM, which is slightly over spec, but within margin. Even so, it takes top honors again, with the fan emitting only 31 dB of noise.

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