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

5 out of 5 eggs Perfect for my rackmount 05/19/2012

This review is from: Cooler Master GeminII S524 - CPU Cooler with Aluminum Fins and 5 Heatpipes

Pros: I have a 4U Norco rackmount case, and this cooler leaves plenty of space. I have 13 low dBa fans in my case, and this CPU fan is super quiet too. I have an i7 2600k overclocked to 4.5GHz with this cooler. At idle, right now I get 31C, and at 100% load on all cores w/ hyperthreading on, the highest temp I've recorded is 71C. This is a huge improvement over the stock cooler. Price is also very good imo.

Cons: I had to take everything apart and out of the case to put this thing on. I knew that going into this, so no big deal. Really, with a rackmount case, my options were limited in terms of CPU cooler.

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OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I got this for 75 dollars, before rebates, so price was a huge plus. This was in my short list because it is
1) 80PLUS Bronze
2) Single rail

Been running it for a few months with no issues. I have a giant rackmount server case ( NORCO RPC-470 Black 4U Rackmount Server Case to be specific) I have no problem running the cables where they need to go, even in this gigantic case.

Handles my XFX Radeon 7970 Black Edition video card with ease.

The fans are nice and quiet, matching the rest of my low dbA fans.

Cons: Not modular, but if you need/want modular, then go buy a modular PSU.

Other Thoughts: I haven't yet gotten the last piece of my machine, which is the yet to be released i7 3770k processor. I have confidence that this PSU can supply the power I need once I have installed the new processor. I hope to overclock it to at least the 4.5GHz range, and I hope this PSU is up to the task. If not, I will update with another review.

Basic system specs:
Celeron g530 (waiting for the i7 3770k in early May) CPU
16GB AMD 1600 DDR3 RAM
120GB Muskin Cronos SATA 3 SSD drive
XFX Radeon 7970 BE video card
GIGABYTE GA-Z68AP-D3(R2.0) LGA 1155 motherboard

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Intel Celeron G530 Sandy Bridge Dual-Core 2.4GHz LGA 1155 65W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80623G530
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I only bought this processor as a placeholder while I await the Ivy Bridge i7 3770k processor. I have an XFX Radeon 7970 BE video card, and I am still able to game Skyrim on Ultra 1080p, with only minimal frame drop. Impressive for a 50 dollar CPU. This thing beats my old Core 2 Duo, and loads my Netbeans projects much quicker than my 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo. Also, very impressed by this. Battlefield 3 is CPU bottlenecked like crazy, but I can still enable most eye candy and not lose too many frames.

Cons: Not free? Doesn't make me a sandwich? Seriously, no cons for this cheap yet capable processor.

Other Thoughts: System Specs:

CPU: Celeron G530 (soon to be replaced by i7 3770k)
VIDEO CARD: XFX Radeon HD 7970 Black Edition
MOTHERBOARD: GIGABYTE GA-Z68AP-D3(R2.0)
HDD: Mushkin Enhanced Chronos SATA 3 - 120GB SSD
RAM: 16 GB DDR3-1600
CASE: NORCO RPC-470 Black 4U Rackmount Server Case

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Date Joined: 11/27/06

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  • Last Review: 05/19/12
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