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Cooler Master Geminii S524 VER.2 CPU Cooler Review

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Cooler Master GeminII S524 VER.2: Performance Test 2

It’s time for our second and most important test. In this test we look to compare each cooler side by side by eliminating all the variables that may hamper our results. This means using our choice of fans and TIM throughout the entirety of this test. Buyers may benefit from buying custom fans and TIM by gaining performance, as well as by reducing the noise coming from the high RPM fans included with most cooling units. Our choice of TIM is Prolimatech PRO-PK3-5G which is an aluminum based solution that does not require any burn in time to reach peak performance.

Yate-Loon Fan Specifications

Our choice of fans include the Yate-Loon D12SM-12 120 mm and D14SM-12 140 mm fans. Yate-Loons are mostly known for their quiet operation, and very low price. They are also very common among power supply fans, and are frequently found in the market as there are many re branded versions available from different companies.Yate-Loon-120mm-Fan

Model #: D12SM-12 D14SM-12
Dimensions: 120 x 120 x 20 mm 140 x 140 x 20 mm
Air Flow Max.: 70.5 CFM 62.0 CFM
Noise Level Max.: 33 dBA 29 dBA
Fan Speed: 1650 RPM ± 10% 1400 RPM ± 10%
Rated Voltage: 12 V DC 12 V DC
Input current Max.: 0.30 Amps 0.70 Amps

Test 2 Results

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In part 1 of this test, the output heat generated by our Intel Core I5 4670k at stock settings gives the GeminII S524 no struggles in terms of cooling capabilities. It manages to stay really close to the Silverstone TD03-E, a 120 mm AIO water cooler. Compared to our stock temperatures in test 1 we can see that the included 120 mm Silencion fan is comparable to our Yate Loon 140 mm fan with very similar results in both tests.

Cooler-Performance-Chart-Custom-Fan-&-Tim,-1

Our overclocked temperature measurements with the 140 mm Yate Loon quiet fan are still great, but not impressive, being greatly beaten by other coolers in this category. However the CM GeminII S524 Ver. 2 still manages to beat the Silverstone TD03-E and the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo while still maintaining it’s unique design which I will still consider a win, as it is the only cooler of this form we have reviewed this year.


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3 comments

  1. JackNaylorPE

    Given the claims of the extra cooling benefits besides the CPU, can you add anything relative to that particular feature ? Given the cost difference, versus performance difference with the Hyper 212, many I don’t think would be willing to spend the extra moola unless there’s some real benefit there.

    1. Julian Duque

      Of course! Don’t forget that this is not supposed to be a direct replacement of the hyper 212 evo, as it is not even of the same line of CM products. The Geminii Ver. 2 is low profile-ish, which should allow it to be mounted in smaller cases were the 212 evo doesn’t fit like the corsair 250d. You also get support for a 140 mm fan, something that the 212 evo lacks. CM also include a silencio 120 mm fan with the Geminii Ver.2 which is a lot better acoustically when compared to the stock fan of the 212 Evo. Also, remember that the Hyper 212 Evo retailed close to $35 in the USA when launched, meaning the Geminii Ver. 2 is actually just a $7 dollar premium.

  2. Richard Graber

    You evaluated this device against others, including the 212 Evo, and found it superior. I would like to confirm that this is the cooler to get in comparison to the 212 Evo.

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