Cooler Master GeminII S Reviewgotdamojo06 - October 12, 2008
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Take a first look at the Cooler Master GeminII S, you are going to see its simplistic design, in the fact that it has the fin array covered by a large 120mm fan with heat pipes traveling from the base to the fins. But if you continue to look at it, you are going to see that the fins are positioned in a way that they will be able to cool the heat pipes in a very efficient way, the fins are broken up into two different sections. The way the heat pipes and the fins are setup, it looks like the XP-90c. There are fifty-two smaller fins that allow the fan to have a base to rest on and do not extend much past the cover of the fan. The second section includes the twenty-one fins in the center that extend all the way down the the base acting as a heatsink to pull the heat that the heat pipes are unable to dissipate up to the fan to be expelled. Looking from the back of the cooler, you are going to see that there are a total of five copper heat pipes that extend from the base all the way up through the fins and are evenly spaced apart at the top to allow for maximum heat transfer. Looking at the front of the cooler, you can see that these same five heat pipes are spaced very closely together on the base, allowing them to cover just about the entire base, allowing them to pick up the most amount of heat that they can.
The fan that is installed on the cooler is a large 120mm fan, it is positioned in a way that it is going to suck fresh air in from towards the top of the case and blow it directly down on the fins, heat pipes, and eventually the base. This method is different from other heatsinks with a top mounted fan as they suck the hot air coming off of the fins and blow it out into the case.
Taking a look at the base of the cooler, you are going to see that the it is made of copper with the 5 heat pipes entering through the side. The base is stepped to accommodate the mounting hardware. There are four screws (one in each corner) for you to screw down the mounting hardware so that you can install the cooler in your system atop the processor. I installed the Socket 775 mounting hardware as I use an Intel test system to check the cooling performance.
Now that we know what the cooler looks like and how it was put together, its time to take a look at the specifications of the cooler as well as see how well she can do against some of the other coolers out on the market.