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Tuesday, 15 February 2011 13:29

Prolimatech Genesis All-in-one high end CPU cooler tested - 4. Mounting Genesis and Testing

Written by Sanjin Rados

Review: Long live the King

Mounting the Genesis cooler is not complicated and can easily be performed by following the included written instructions, provided the cooler is compatible with your motherboard of course. For this reason we’ll skip the mounting procedure and show the Genesis mounted on Asus Rampage II Extreme motherboard.


Genesis packaging says that it will cool your CPU, RAM, MOSFET and Northbridge chipset, where our testing has proven it is indeed the case. The picture clearly shows how Genesis cools the memory.


Prolimatech has been making CPU coolers with split heatsinks, such as Megahalem or Armageddon coolers. However, Genesis’ heatsink is not only split but the parts are completely detached from one another. We’ve already said that heatsink measures (L)146mm X (W)216.5mm X (H)160mm. Note that it is designed in order to fit on most motherboards.

However, not all motherboards will like this cooler. For instance, we had difficulties mounting the Genesis on EVGA’s FTW 3 motherboard due to the board using a tall VRM heatsink. We practically couldn’t mount the cooler until we removed the motherboard’s heatsink and replaced it with smaller heatsink modules. VRM temperatures didn’t exceed 67°C, which is in normal limits.



Prolimatech pretty neatly bent several heatpipes and routed them over memory slots. Heatsink has a slim design, with plenty of space below for tall memory modules with heatsinks, such as Corsair Dominator series.


The cooler’s slim design definitely helps with any potential conflicts with memory modules, but bear in mind that you will have to remove the Genesis before replacing the memory. However, Genesis can be removed by unscrewing two screws so that should not take up too much of your time.

We managed to mount Kingston's memory modules without taking the cooler off. 


In most cases, though dependent on motherboard design, Genesis will take two 14cm fans in a push-pull configuration (it’s also possible to mount two 12cm fans).


We performed our testing in Corsair Obsidian 800D case with three reference fans running at 900RPM (room temperature about 22°C). Our weapons of choice were EVGA’s X58 FTW3 motherboard and Core i7 930 CPU. The temperatures were measured at reference 2.9GHz as well as after our overclock (we pushed the CPU to 3.6GHz).


The heatsink measures (L)146mm X (W)216.5mm X (H)160mm, so you might experience difficulties when mounting it on certain motherboards that might have tall and/or wide chipset cooling solutions.

For the first test with Genesis we used one 14cm fan. We’re talking about Thermalright’s TR-TY 140 fan (900~1300RPM) which ended up being enough for excellent Genesis performance. The case’s rear panel houses a 14cm fan that pushes the air out, so we’ve got ourselves a neat push-pull setup here.

We’ve already mentioned that the 14cm, 900 RPM fan on the case’s rear panel does great to improve cooling and ultimately, adding another fan on the coolers tower heatsing made little difference, so we strapped Genesis with one more fan but we mounted it on the heatsink above the memory modules and you can see it on the picture below.


We used Prime95 to put a 100% load on all Core i7 930’s cores, so bear in mind that we’re talking about a scenario that will most probably never happen. We measured temperatures on all four cores using AIDA64 (the successor to Everest), and put average values in the tables. We used Gelid’s GC Extreme paste.


After overclocking the CPU to 3.6MHz, Genesis took the top spot.


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+5 #1 Nerdfighter 2011-02-15 15:54
Nice review, and the first one I could find. The design is pretty innovative, a fresh breath of air to the usual twin tower coolers. I have two questions though. 1. How does this fare against the Noctua NH-D14? 2. If you mount the fan to push air down to the RAM, would it get your RAM hotter since you're blowing the heat from the CPU onto the RAM?
+2 #2 Scootiep 2011-02-15 16:15
Very innovative design and good review, thanks guys. One thing I would add for consideration; my guess is that if you mounted the fan parallel to the motherboard in reverse, you would improve airflow. It seems to me that if you were sucking the air up off of the RAM instead of pushing the already heated air down onto the DIMMS, that air would then be drawn through the perpendicular fan through the second part of the heat-sink and out the exhaust fan on the back of the chasse. I think this would follow the natural airflow of the case more appropriately and prevent any hot air "dead" spaces in between the memory modules. Just my two cents of course.
0 #3 123s 2011-02-15 16:38
I like the design a lot too, just the price, 60$ without fans is not nice. Hope more affordable models come with this kind of design soon.
-2 #4 blandead 2011-02-15 16:43
Great review! Do you think you can do a quick noise test comparison please? Would love to see how loud it is.
0 #5 godrilla 2011-02-15 17:01
nice review
-1 #6 The blue fox 2011-02-15 17:35
Why not get a h50. It's cheaper, less noise, wont blow CPU heat on to the RAM, wont interfere with ram Coolers or motherboard coolers.
0 #7 ViperSpec 2011-02-15 17:50
Nice review. But I too will probably stick with my H50 push/pull set up. Keeps my CPU nice and cool so far, and its dang quiet even with the two higher end fans I'm using on it now.
-1 #8 Squall_Leonhart 2011-02-15 18:49
it looks stupid.
+4 #9 Nerdfighter 2011-02-15 19:04
Quoting The blue fox:
Why not get a h50. It's cheaper, less noise, wont blow CPU heat on to the RAM, wont interfere with ram Coolers or motherboard coolers.

The H50 won't get near as good temps as the best air-coolers. It's not cheaper: costs about the same in Caseking. Noise is decided by fans, and the H70 for example is loud as hell. Being able to clear Corsair Dominators is already pretty good for a huge cooler.
+1 #10 BiohazardSperm 2011-02-15 20:02
Design looks just like a the Coolermaster V10 just without a shroud one set of fins and TEC.

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