Cooler Master GeminII M4 Low Profile CPU Cooler (heatsink) Review

Low profile heatsinks aren’t common but they are really great to have if you’re short of casing space.

Cooler Master GeminII M4 Low Profile CPU Cooler (heatsink) Review

The heatsink looks neat, with the fan grills spreading wide to match the foot print of 120mm fans.

Cooler Master GeminII M4 Low Profile CPU Cooler (heatsink) Review

Here’s the height comparison to a soda can.

Cooler Master GeminII M4 Low Profile CPU Cooler (heatsink) Review

Installation was easy. Despite the light weight nature of the heatsink, it still requires the installation of the back plate. This is not an issue of weight but rather being a low and wide heatsink, it will be really difficult to use clips for mounting.

Cooler Master GeminII M4 Low Profile CPU Cooler (heatsink) Review

As to how much DIMM slot area is covered by the heatsink, it depends on the board.

Cooler Master GeminII M4 Low Profile CPU Cooler (heatsink) Review

More details at the official product page.

Test Setup / Benchmarks

The computer setup used for this review.

ProcessorIntel Core i5-4670K @ 4.3Ghz, 1.25 vcore
RAMAvexir Core Series 8GB DDR3 1600
MotherboardAsus Z87-Deluxe
Power SupplyXigmatek NRP-PC602 600w
Operating SystemWindows 8 Pro 64bit

Below is the CPU-Z for the processor, on overlock.

Cooler Master GeminII M4 Low Profile CPU Cooler (heatsink) Review

Temperature was monitored using HW Monitor. Room temperature is around 25°C.

CPU load was done by converting 10bit MKV video to 8bit using x264, set to -veryslow mode.

 Idle (°C)Load (°C)
GeminII M43978
Ice Blade Pro3061
Stock4087

The Verdict

Pretty good temperature control for a low profile heatsink that retails at a little short of RM 100, easy to install, performs silently.

Certainly worth your consideration, especially for HTPC or slim systems.

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