[nextpage title=”Introduction”]

Which do you prefer, tower coolers or horizontal coolers? Well, Prolimatech Genesis has the best of both worlds, with two independent heatsinks, one vertical and one horizontal, connected by six heatpipes. It supports two 120 mm or 140 mm fans. Let’s check it out.

The Genesis box is made of cardboard, in beautiful white and green shades, as illustrated in Figure 1.

Prolimatech GenesisFigure 1: Package

Figure 2 shows what comes with the cooler: Manual, thermal grease, and installation hardware. The Genesis doesn’t come with fans, so you will need to buy two 120 mm or 140 mm fans. The heatsink also supports a third fan, but you must buy separately the wire clips to hold it, since it comes with only two sets of holders.

Prolimatech GenesisFigure 2: Accessories

Figure 3 displays the Prolimatech Genesis heatsink. It combines the well-known performance of a tower heatsink and the motherboard component (mostly memories) cooling found on horizontal heatsinks.

Prolimatech GenesisFigure 3: The Prolimatech Genesis

This cooler is discussed in detail in the following pages.

[nextpage title=”The Prolimatech Genesis”]

Figure 4 reveals the cooler from the front, where you see the tips of the six heatpipes. Figure 5 exhibits the cooler by the side. Note the shape of the heatpipes.

Prolimatech GenesisFigure 4: Front view

Prolimatech GenesisFigure 5: Side view

Figure 6 shows the rear of the cooler. Notice that the heatpipes are well distributed inside the tower heatsink.

Prolimatech GenesisFigure 6: Rear view

Figure 7 presents the top of the heatsink.

Prolimatech GenesisFigure 7: Top view

[nextpage title=”The Prolimatech Genesis (Cont’d)”]In Figure 8, you see the Genesis from the bottom. There is a copper layer under the heatpipes.

Prolimatech GenesisFigure 8: Bottom

Figure 9 reveals the base of the cooler. Is has a near-mirrored aspect.

Prolimatech GenesisFigure 9: Base

As the Prolimatech Genesis doesn’t come with fans, we tested it with two Xigmatech XLF-F1453 fans (140 mm, 1000 rpm, 63.5 cfm), shown in Figure 10.

Prolimatech GenesisFigure 10: Fans

Figure 11 illustrates the Prolimatech Genesis with the fans installed. Please keep in mind that the results of our tests reflect the performance of this cooler with those fans; if you use different fans, you will probably get different performance.

Prolimatech GenesisFigure 11: With the fans installed

[nextpage title=”Installation”]

Figure 12 shows the hardware used to install the Genesis on AMD systems. In Figure 13, you see the backplate and the nuts that go on the solder side of the motherboard on Intel CPUs.

Prolimatech GenesisFigure 12: AMD clip

Prolimatech GenesisFigure 13: Intel backplate and nuts

Figure 14 illustrates the holding bars installed on our motherboard. After this step, all you need to do is to put the cooler in place and attach two screws ona third bar that secures the cooler.

Prolimatech GenesisFigure 14: Holding system installed

In Figure 15, you can see the Prolimatech Genesis installed into our case.

Prolimatech GenesisFigure 15: Installed in our system

[nextpage title=”How We Tested”]

We tested the cooler with a Core i7-860 CPU (quad-core, 2.8 GHz), which is a socket LGA1156 processor with a 95 W TDP (Thermal Design Power). In order to get higher thermal dissipation, we overclocked it to 3.3 GHz (150 MHz base clock and 22x multiplier), keeping the standard core voltage (Vcore), which was the maximum stable overclock we could make with the stock cooler. Keep in mind that we could have raised the CPU clock more, but to include the stock cooler in our comparison, we needed to use this moderate overclock.

We measured noise and temperature with the CPU idle and under full load. In order to get 100% CPU usage in all threads, we ran Prime 95 25.11 with
the "In-place Large FFTs" option. (In this version, the software uses all available threads.)

We compared the tested cooler to the Intel stock cooler with a copper base (included with the CPU), as well as with other coolers. Note that in the past, we tested coolers with a socket LGA775 CPU, and we retested some "old" coolers with this new methodology. This means you can find different values in older reviews than the values you will read in the next page. Every cooler was tested with the thermal compound that accompanies it.

Room temperature measurements were taken with a digital thermometer. The core temperature was read with the SpeedFan program (available from the CPU thermal sensors), using an arithmetic average of the core temperature readings. During the tests, the left panel of the case was open.

The sound pressure level (SPL) was measured with a digital noise meter, with its sensor placed 4" (10 cm) from the fan. We turned off the case and video board cooler fans so they wouldn’t interfere with the results. This measurement is only for comparison purposes, because a precise SPL measurement needs to be made inside an acoustically insulated room with no other noise sources, which isn’t the case here.

Hardware Configuration

Operating System Configuration

  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Software Used

Error Margin

We adopted a 2 °C error margin, meaning temperature differences below 2 °C are considered irrelevant.

[nextpage title=”Our Tests”]

The table below presents the results of our measurements. We repeated the same test on all coolers listed below. Each measurement was taken with the CPU at idle and at full load. In the models with a fan supporting PWM, the motherboard controlled the fan speed according to core load and temperature. On coolers with an integrated fan controller, the fan was set at the minimum speed on the idle test and at full speed on the full load test.

 

Idle Processor

Processor at Full Load

Cooler Room Temp. Noise Speed Core Temp. Noise Speed Core Temp.
Intel stock (socket LGA1156) 14 °C 44 dBA 1700 rpm 46 °C 54 dBA 2500 rpm 90 °C
Cooler Master Hyper TX3 G1 14 °C 47 dBA 2050 rpm 33 °C 56 dBA 2900 rpm 62 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme 14 °C 45 dBA 1400 rpm 27 °C 53 dBA 1950 rpm 51 °C
Thermaltake Silent 1156 14 °C 44 dBA 1200 rpm 38 °C 49 dBA 1750 rpm 69 °C
Noctua NH-D14 14 °C 49 dBA 1250 rpm 27 °C 49 dBA 1250 rpm 53 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Performa 14 °C 46 dBA 1500 rpm 28 °C 52 dBA 1950 rpm 54 °C
Prolimatech Megahalems 14 °C 40 dBA 750 rpm 27 °C 60 dBA 2550 rpm 50 °C
Thermaltake Frio 14 °C 46 dBA 1450 rpm 27 °C 60 dBA 2500 rpm 50 °C
Prolimatech Samuel 17 14 °C 40 dBA 750 rpm 40 °C 60 dBA 2550 rpm 63 °C
Zalman CNPS8000A 18 °C 43 dBA 1400 rpm 39 °C 54 dBA 2500 rpm 70 °C
Spire TherMax Eclipse II 14 °C 55 dBA 2200 rpm 28 °C 55 dBA 2
200 rpm
53 °C
Scythe Ninja3 17 °C 39 dBA 700 rpm 32 °C 55 dBA 1800 rpm 57 °C
Corsair A50 18 °C 52 dBA 1900 rpm 33 °C 52 dBA 1900 rpm 60 °C
Thermaltake Jing 18 °C 44 dBA 850 rpm 34 °C 49 dBA 1300 rpm 60 °C
GlacialTech Alaska 18 °C 43 dBA 1150 rpm 36 °C 51 dBA 1600 rpm 60 °C
Deepcool Gamer Storm 18 °C 43 dBA 1100 rpm 35 °C 48 dBA 1600 rpm 62 °C
Corsair A70 26 °C 56 dBA 1900 rpm 40 °C 56 dBA 1900 rpm 65 °C
Deepcool Ice Blade Pro 23 °C 45 dBA 1200 rpm 38 °C 52 dBA 1500 rpm 64 °C
AC Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 23 °C 47 dBA 1750 rpm 44 °C 51 dBA 2100 rpm 77 °C
Corsair H70 27 °C 60 dBA 1900 rpm 37 °C 60 dBA 1900 rpm 61 °C
Zalman CNPS9900 Max 27 °C 55 dBA 1600 rpm 38 °C 58 dBA 1750 rpm 63 °C
Arctic Cooling Freezer 11 LP 25 °C 45 dBA 1700 rpm 51 °C 49 dBA 1950 rpm 91 °C
CoolIT Vantage 26 °C 60 dBA 2500 rpm 37 °C 60 dBA 2500 rpm 62 °C
Deepcool Ice Matrix 600 25 °C 46 dBA 1100 rpm 41 °C 53 dBA 1300 rpm 69 °C
Titan Hati 26 °C 46 dBA 1500 rpm 40 °C 57 dBA 2450 rpm 68 °C
Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 27 °C 49 dBA 1950 rpm 41 °C 53 dBA 2300 rpm 70 °C
Noctua NH-C14 26 °C 52 dBA 1300 rpm 37 °C 52 dBA 1300 rpm 61 °C
Intel XTS100H 26 °C 49 dBA 1200 rpm 42 °C 64 dBA 2600 rpm 68 °C
Zalman CNPS5X SZ 23 °C 52 dBA 2250 rpm 38 °C 57 dBA 2950 rpm 69 °C
Thermaltake SlimX3 21 °C 50 dBA 2700 rpm 46 °C 50 dBA 2750 rpm 99 °C
Cooler Master Hyper 101 21 °C 50 dBA 2600 rpm 38 °C 57 dBA 3300 rpm 71 °C
Antec Kühler H2O 620 19 °C 52 dBA 1400 rpm 34 °
C
55 dBA 1400 rpm 58 °C
Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Pro 20 °C 46 dBA 1100 rpm 36 °C 49 dBA 1300 rpm 62 °C
GlacialTech Siberia 22 °C 49 dBA 1400 rpm 34 °C 49 dBA 1400 rpm 61 °C
Evercool Transformer 3 18 °C 46 dBA 1800 rpm 33 °C 51 dBA 2250 rpm 65 °C
Zalman CNPS11X Extreme 20 °C 51 dBA 1850 rpm 34 °C 56 dBA 2050 rpm 61 °C
Thermaltake Frio OCK 15 °C 44 dBA 1000 rpm 27 °C 64 dBA 2200 rpm 51 °C
Prolimatech Genesis 18 °C 49 dBA 1050 rpm 30 °C 49 dBA 1050 rpm 54 °C

In the graph below, at full load you can see how many degrees Celsius hotter the CPU core is than the air outside the case. The lower this difference, the better is the performance of the cooler.

Prolimatech Genesis

[nextpage title=”Main Specifications”]

The main specifications for the Prolimatech Genesis CPU cooler include:

  • Application: Sockets 775, 1155, 1156, 1366, AM3, AM2+, and AM2 processors
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 6.3 inches (216.5 x 146 x 160 mm) (W x L x H)
  • Fins: Aluminum
  • Base: Nickel-plated copper
  • Heat-pipes: Six nickel-plated copper heatpipes
  • Fan: Two 120 or 140 mm fans (not included)
  • Nominal fan speed: 1000 rpm (for the fans used)
  • Fan air flow: 63.5 cfm (for the fans used)
  • Maximum power consumption: Not informed
  • Nominal noise level: 16 dBA (for the fans used)
  • Weight: 1.76 lbs (800 g) without fans
  • More information: https://www.prolimatech.com
  • Average price in the US: We didn’t find this cooler being sold in the US

[nextpage title=”Conclusions”]

Many people like tower coolers because they have shown, until now, the best cooling performance for the CPU. Horizontal coolers have the advantage of air being blown in the direction of the motherboard, which helps to cool the memory modules, chipset, and transistors of the voltage regulator circuit. The Prolimatech Genesis is designed to provide both advantages.

The cooling performance is great, equivalent to the best coolers we tested so far. Keep in mind, however, that the Genesis reached a top cooling performance even with silent fans; it probably can overperform its competitors if you use high-rpm fans instead.

The Prolimatech Genesis is a great cooler, with great functionality, great performance, and great look. That’s why it receives the Hardware Secrets Golden Award.