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Cooler Master GeminII S524 - CPU Cooler with Aluminum Fins and 5 Heatpipes
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Looks great. Looks like it would cool really good, But?

Cons: Did not cool as good as I was hoping. Only a 33c temp at idle with a AMD phenom IIx4 3.7 Ghz black edition @ stock speed.
I do not like the spring mounting system. I feel it does not provide enough pressure on the CPU for proper contact.

Other Thoughts: I have tried several different spring type mounting coolers from other makers and they all are not as good as non spring mounting coolers. It's not the cooler, it's the way it's mounted. Not enough pressure. They never give you stiff enough springs,maybe they can't? I don't know? All I know is it just does'nt cool good enough for me. I like non spring mounting systems because you can control the pressure better yourself. The pressure of the spring is all you get.
With my non spring type I have on my FX 8-core set at 4.2 Ghz O.C. the temp at idle is 26-28c

Phanteks PH-TC14CS_RD 140mm UFB (Updraft Floating Balance) Dual Heat-pipes, Dual 140mm premium Fans with PWM adapter, Quiet CPU Cooler
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: I really like these types of heat sinks. I prefer the down draft for airflow.

Cons: I don't like the mounting system on this heat sink. I have used screw types before and they just don't have the tension they require for optimal cooling. Tension clips or plates are better. Also no heat fins on the flat part closest to the cpu. There is a screw head in the way(for mounting).

Other Thoughts: For air cooling all my scythe kabuto downdraft heat sinks perform better than any other I have tried. I have one on the pc that I am on now an 8-core o.c. to 4.2 and right now the temp is at 28c. It has a tension clip for the socket. I like screw in types also as long as they don't have springs. The tension on the springs are never stiff enough. I have tried several spring mounting heat sinks and have always had to go to the hardware to get harder or stiffer springs or longer(more downward tension). Tighter tension creates better contact, less space between heat sink and cpu and better cooling a result. I never worry about warping the mobd, it has never happened to me, never a problem.

Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Works great on tightly fit heat sinks like CPU's. Works better with tight pressure.
I started off using this product and tried other types, but have always come back to Arctisilver5 for CPU's. I have always gotten my lowest temps with this product on air cooling. This is a great product.

Cons: None. Anyone who complains about how hard this is to get off is not doing it right. I have found it easy to remove with ArctiClean 1 and ArctiClean 2 you can buy, very easy.

Other Thoughts: People should always read all the specs on a product before buying like application spec sheets and viscosity. You must know the product as best as possible first before you buy. It is not fair to give a bad review on a product because your in a hurry or don't want to take the time to read. Tip: I like spreading this with a new credit card or something of the same. Spreads real thin and even with the card. If the card is scratched or jagged it will leave lines, so make sure it's a good card. I get my best temps this way. Right now I'm running an AMD FX 8350 at 4.2GHz and the average temp is 21c on air.


Daniel W.'s Profile

Display Name: Daniel W.

Date Joined: 06/26/09

  • Reviews: 37
  • Helpfulness: 20
  • First Review: 06/28/09
  • Last Review: 08/25/13
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