How-to: Install a GeminII S524
Following in the footsteps of its predecessor, the GeminII S524 comes with not only an improved cooling capability, it also supports both 120 and 140mm fans, and taller memory modules. It accomplishes all of this without succumbing to the typical design tendencies that dictate that a large rectangular tower be built. Instead, it is built in an orientation that is largely counter to its competitors. This allows it to maintain a reasonable height for more case compatibility. If you have one, great! If not, see what you’re missing! See below for tips to get this CPU cooler installed quickly and easily.
Tools & Supplies:
- Phillips head screwdriver
- TIM (thermal interface material, e.g. Thermal Fusion 400)
- High Percentage Isopropyl alcohol (as close to 100% as you can get)*
- Lint-free cloth (coffee filters will work fine)*
- Latex gloves (not necessary, but I use them as a safety precaution)*
*Use these items if you need to clean the surface of the CPU or heatsink
This example installs a GeminII S524 on a socket 1156 processor. The parts pictured below show what comes in the box and will be all that you need for AMD sockets F1, AM3, AM2+, AM2 and Intel sockets 775, 1156, 1155, and 1366. Consult your included manual for the exact procedure for anything other than the socket 1156 processor used in this guide. Much of it will apply to other socket types so feel free to use it as a supplementary reference.