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  • Cooler Master Gemin II S524 Heatsink Review
  • Cooler Master Gemin II S524 Heatsink Review



    The Cooler Master Gemin II S524 is a multipurpose heatsink designed to cool both the CPU and surrounding motherboard components.  Cooling like this is never addressed with tower designs since the airflow never reaches the motherboard but with the Gemin II air blows air directly thru the radiator and onto the motherboard and memory components below.

    Cooling is handled by a single 120mm fan that features a unique shape to the fan blades.  The blade design was created to direct exhaust air into a column rather than the traditional cone found on most fans.  As you can imagine this does increase airflow across the heatsink allowing you to accomplish more with less.  We noticed the benefits of this when we reviewed the Coolermaster V6 GT and are glad to see the fan being used here
    The Gemin II S524 does support up to 140mm fans with the available mounting hardware.  Sadly we feel that Coolermaster really missed the product segment by not including the larger 140mm fan.  Not only would it look better but airflow would increase with the same noise footprint.

    You will find five heatpipes that pass directly from the base of the heatsink to the radiator.  Unlike tower style coolers the pipes do not cool on both ends but rather feature a single hot and cold side.  Designs like this come with a reduced cooling capacity but tend to work well as excellent OEM replacements where you want better cooling and lower noise footprint.
    You will notice a rather large void between the heatsink base and the bottom of the radiator.  With Most coolers would fill this area with additional cooling fans but in the case of the Gemin II S524 the area is used to increase surface area and allow room for tall motherboard and memory heatsinks.