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Cooler Master Geminii S524 VER.2 CPU Cooler Review

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Cooler Master GeminII S524 VER.2: Fan Noise Measurements

As per request from many members of the enthusiast community, Benchmark Reviews has added noise measurements to our CPU cooler testing methodology. Each test is conducted in a noise isolated room, during the night time to avoid any minor disturbances caused by normal daytime activities near our location. Our base ambient temperature was measured at 15 dB for each of our tests. Noise was measured using a Brüel & Kjær type 2225 sound level meter located at 1 meter from the fan/fans. Fans were placed so that the axis of rotation of the fan is perpendicular to our line of measurement. For our dual fan noise measurements, fans were placed in series (facing each other) with a 10 cm gap between them. All fans were tested at 12 Volts.

Single-Fan-Noise-Measurements-Chart

The fan Cooler Master provided with our sample of the GeminII S524 Ver. 2 is a Silencio 120 mm PWM fan, which is the newest addition to Cooler Master’s fan line-up. At 26.8 dB it is a clear improvement over the stock fan included with our sample of the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. At the 120 mm level it is still beaten by the Yate Loon variant by more than 5 dB which is an obvious difference. Like it’s name indicates, the Silencio 120 mm PWM fan scores above average in our noise measurement test.


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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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