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Cooler Master GeminII S524 CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 6, 2011 3:58 pm
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: Cooler Master

The Cooler Master GeminII S524 CPU Cooler




I had to prop the cooler on a film canister due to the off balanced nature of this design. On this side there is the 47mm of room the canister is in, and then the much shorter fins above it surrounding the five heat pipes. The top is removable with this pair of Phillips head screws and a matching set on the other side.




From the side you get a much better look at the design of the fin structure. The longer fins on the left are directly attached to the base for better heat transfer, while the group on the right gets its heat load from the pipes only.




This side of the S525 has the bulk of the exposed nickel plated heat pipes as they bend out of the base, run along the side, and then turn back into the cooler. You will also notice the pair of screws for removing the top plate.




The only real difference to the "sides" of the cooler is the amount of holes in the steel fan mounting plate. The other side has eleven holes and this side only has these six.




Looking at the top of the S524 you can see the pre-installed fan that comes with this cooler. The translucent fan has seven wavy blades and at the end of that black wiring is a 4-pin connector for power.




Removing the four screws, the fan lifts right off and exposes a built in option. Cooler Master realized that most coolers will get a new fan, and they give you the option here for either another 120mm fan, or a 140mm fan with use of the outer four holes.




This image was to show off the base construction. The bottom plate is copper that gets nickel plated. The heat pipes are sandwiched in place as the twenty-one longer fins are all soldered into place. This should deliver the CPU heat rapidly into the body of the cooler for removing said heat.




Under the S524, the base is relatively flat across all the high points of the milling marks. The holes found on either side of this base are used for the hardware to mount this cooler to a motherboard.




Just in case you thought it may have been the angle of the image, I set the USB drive on the base to show that this base is not finely polished and may use a bit more TIM to make good contact to the IHS.

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