Today we are looking at the Genesis CPU cooler from Prolimatech. The Genesis could very well have the largest foot print for a CPU cooler that we have tested here at Legit Reviews. The only CPU cooler that we have ever used that could rival this one would be the Cooler Master V10. It doesn't look that big in the picture above, but take a look at it mounted on the Intel DX79SI motherboard.
Yes, there is a standard ATX form factor motherboard underneath that CPU cooler!
The large coverage area is mainly due to the configuration of the Prolimatech Genesis. The Genesis is not your typical twin tower cooler as there is one vertical tower, and one horizontal tower. The hybrid lay out allows the fans on the horizontal tower to act as a downdraft cooler and cool the RAM and motherboard components around the CPU. The vertical cooling tower looks like it should cool well as there are not many bends in the heatpipes, but the horizontal heatpipes have an 'S' bend in them. Usually the fewer bends you have the better, so we can't wait to test this monster out!
The Prolimatech Genesis is available for $74.99 shipped and it does not come with any fans. You have to supply your own cooling fans, so be ready to factor that in the cost. Prolimatech suggests using up to three 120 or 140mm fans that have a speed rating of 800 to 1600 RPM. The Genesis is setup to accept up to a maximum of 3 fans. With the sheer number of performance 120mm fans available today, finding one to fit the style of your build shouldn’t be an issue. With 140mm fans becoming more and more popular, good quality 140mm fans are getting easier to find as well. Prolimatech sent 3 of their Red Vortex 14 LED fans along with the Genesis for us to use today. These fans each cost $14.99 plus $1.99 shipping at Newegg.com. The Prolimatech Genesis is $74.99 shipped and these fans are $50.94, which puts us at $125.93 for this setup!
Features of the Prolimatech Genesis
- High clearance for better motherboard compatibility.
- Massive cooling range; cools not only CPU but also MOSFET and RAM.
- Cooler surrounding temperature allowing more stable environment for higher overclock.
- Takes both 12 and 14cm fans for a maximum installation of 3 fans.
- Six high quality heatpipes for effective heat transfer.
- Light weight at 800 kgs (without fans) in the high-end class.
- Intel and AMD platform supported. All mounting hardware is are included.
Specifications of the Prolimatech Genesis:
- Heatsink Dimension: (L)146mm X (W)216.5mm X (H)160mm
- Heatsink Weight: 800 g(without fan)
- Heatpipe: Ø 6mm X 6pcs
- Suggest Fan: 120mm X 120mm X 25mm,140mm X 140mm X 25mm
- Suggest Fan Speed: 800~1600 rpm
- CPU Platform:
- Intel Socket LGA 775/1366/1156/1155/2011
- AMD Socket AM2/2+/3/3+(FM2)
Unboxing the Genesis
The ProlimatechGenesis comes in a nice sturdy box with a handy dandy carry handle. The front and back are the same, listing socket compatibility. Even though the Genesis supports LGA2011 the packaging has not been updated to reflect it. Even the LGA1155 update is a sticker on the box.
On the right side of the box is text in several languages to check the website for more information. There is also diagrams showing the fan compatibility, how the air flow goes, and how the Genesis is lighter than most typical tower coolers. I call shenanigans on the weight, yeah the Genesis only weighs 800g, but that is without fans. Slap three 140mm fans at 162g each on there and the Genesis tips the scale at 1,286g or 2.8lbs. That is anything but light.
On the left side of the box are the specifications along with a dimensioned diagram of the Genesis.
Opening the box the accessories box is right up top, and the Genesis is wrapped in plastic and foam.
All the accessories are nicely bagged up for common parts, Intel parts, and AMD parts.
There was one surprise. There was a spring stuck in cooling fins. Looking through all the accessories bags this was not a spring that got loose from the accessories box. So it was there before getting wrapped up. It was easy to removed and the fins did not appear to be damaged in any way.
Looing closer at the Genesis
Here we have the Genesis all unpacked. The Genesis stands 160mm tall, 146mm wide, and 216.5mm deep. It also weighs in at 800g without fans.
It is a twin tower cooler, but one tower is horizontal for a downdraft effect to help cool motherboard components and RAM.
Under the horizontal section there is 44.15mm from the CPU base to the bottom of the cooling fins. According to Prolimatech this gives 55mm from top of the motherboard PCB to the bottom of the fins. This is the most of any of the larger CPU coolers we have looked at recently.
At 33mm the width of the fins are thin compared to coolers we have looked at lately as well.
The base is not polished, but it is flat.
Prolimatech Red Vortex 14 LED Fan
Prolimatech sent along 3 of their Red Vortex 14 LED fans for us to use for testing the Genesis CPU cooler. Prolimatech Red Vortex 14 LED are 140x25x25mm in size and have four Ruby-Red LEDs for some added aesthetics. These fans each cost $14.99 plus $1.99 shipping at Newegg.com. These three fans cost $50.94, which adds a fair amount to the cost of using this CPU cooler. Remember, the Prolimatech Genesis is $74.99 shipped. This means we are $125.93 for this cooler with the three 140mm fans!
Specifications of Prolimatech Red Vortex 14 LED fan
- Dimension: (L)140mm X (W)140mmX (H)25mm
- Bearing Type: Sleeve bearing
- Rated Voltage: 12 VDC
- Operating Voltage Range: 7~13.8 VDC
- Rated Current: 0.2 Max. Amp
- Rated Power: 2.4 Max. Watt
- Rated Speed: 1000 +/- 100RPM
- Airflow: 87 Max. CFM
- Noise Level: 18.1 dBA
- Net Weight: 162 Gram
- Connector: Terminal Connector (3-pin plus 4-pin molex)
- LED: Red
The nine blade fan comes with silver screws for attaching to a case, as well as a 4-pin Molex to 3-pin fan power adapter. The fan body is transparent smoke color plastic, and the fan blades are transparent ruby red plastic. Prolimatech places a 1-year limited warranty on these fans.
The 3-pin power cable is rubber sleeved (not nylon) and is finished off with heat shrink wrap at the very end. Note that these are not PWM fan, so if you plan on running three of these you might want to invest in a nice fan controller for your system.
Installing the Genesis CPU Cooler
The Genesis comes with everything required to mount the cooler to all Intel LGA sockets and AMD AM2/3 sockets. All parts are separated in to baggies to help find parts easier: General parts, Intel parts, AMD parts.
In one baggie is the thermal paste, fan clips to mount 2 fans, and upper mounting cross bar.
One of the Intel parts bags have all the topside mounting parts, and threaded nuts for the LGA775/1155/1136/1366 backing plate.
Speaking of the backing plate. The Intel LGA775/1155/1136/1366 backing plate is steel and comes with a silicon spacer for LGA775 socket.
In the AMD parts bag is an upper bracket that replaces the stock plastic AMD bracket. This uses the stock AMD backing plate, some AMD boards do not have the backing plate. There are some AMD boards that do not have a backing plate, granted the ones I have seen are mini ITX boards so this should not be an issue for most systems that would use this size of cooler.
I will be installing the Genesis on out Intel LGA2011 test system. Start with installing the mounting studs to the socket and then the mounting bars.
With the Genesis in place there is room for some tall RAM, Kingston HyperX-T1’s still will not fit, but there is more room than the last few high-end air coolers we have looked at.
The Intel LGA2011 users have both sides of the socket to contend with. With the triple fan configuration LGA2011 users will still have a low ram height restriction. This is due to the heatpipes and the fan.
This diagram from Prolimatech website shows how the height is affected in relation to each slot. The first slot is restricted to 32mm, and second to 47mm. The Corsair Vengeance Low Profile RAM we use on the test bench is able to work in all slots.
Here we have the Genesis with fans installed.
With the LGA2011 socket setting more forward on the motherboard than most other sockets the end of the Genesis sets past the forward edge of the motherboard. In my case with the Intel DX79SI motherboard my 24pin main power connector is covered as well. So installing the motherboard and making all connections before installing the Genesis will be a must. Another thing to consider is the closeness to the 5.25” bay devices.
With everything installed into the case the biggest pain was getting my 24pin cable to bend tight enough to get under the cooling fins.
Here is a shot looking at the side of the system. You can see how little room there is between the front edge of the cooler and the back of the 5.25 bays. The Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 is a large case, smaller or shallower depth cases could have an issue in this area.
Here is the system all powered up. I turned the case lighting off, only LED light is from the motherboard and the Red Vortex 14 LED fans.
Legit Reviews Intel Core i7-3960X Test System
Here is a short list of the parts that make up the Legit Reviews Core i7-930 test system:
|Intel Test Platform|
|Processor||Intel Core i7 3960X||Click Here|
|Memory||Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB DDR3 1600MHz||Click Here|
|Video Card||MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC||Click Here|
|Hard Drive||Corsair Force GT 90GB SSD||Click Here|
|Power Supply||NZXT HALE90 750W||Click Here|
|Chassis||Thermaltake Chaser Mk-1||Click Here|
|Operating System||Windows 7 Professional (64bit)||Click Here|
Test System Detail
The CPU we are using is the Intel Core i7-3960X LGA2011 processor. We will test with two configurations: Stock and Overclocked. Both will have Hyper Threading and Turbo modes enabled. For the backbone of the system we have the Intel DX79SI motherboard. We have also outfitted it with a 16GB (4x4gb) kit of Corsair Vengeance LP DDR3 1600MHz RAM. Drivers used for the motherboard are as follows:
- LAN: Intel PRO Network Connections LAN Driver version 16.7
- Audio: Realtek ALC Audio Driver version 6482
- Chipset: Intel Chipset Device Software version 184.108.40.2062
- USB3: Renesas Electronics USB 3.0 Driver 220.127.116.11
- BIOS Version: 0380
The video card we are using is an MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC and is running ForceWare 290.53.
For the main drive we have a 90GB Corsair Force GT SATA3 SSD running firmware 1.3.3.
To test the coolers the system will be left idle at the desktop for 30 minutes and the temperature will be recorded. Then it will run at full load with Prime95 Blended test for 30 minutes and the temperature will be recorded. There will be 2 levels tested with our Core i7-3960X clocked at stock settings with Turbo and Hyper Threading on, and a high OC of 4.5 GHz also with Hyper Threading and Turbo enabled. All temps will be recorded with CoreTemp, and the temp reading from all 6 cores will be averaged. The thermal paste used on all coolers will be Gelid GC Extreme.
- Akasa Venom Voodoo
- Intel RTS2011LC Water Cooler
- Cooler Master TPC 812
- Corsair H80
- Corsair H100
- Noctua NH-D14
- Noctua NH-L12
- NZXT Havik 120
- Swiftech H20-220 Edge HD
- Zalman CNPS11X Performa
- Zalman CNPS12X
Temerature Testing Results
With the system running at stock settings the Prolimatech Genesis cooled the Intel Core i7-3690X to 56.67*C, that is 4.5 degrees behind the Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 on low. The Genesis with the Vortex 14 fans is very quiet, if not silent. Given its size I was hoping for better performance.
With the system overclocked to 4.5GHz the Genesis did well, coming in at 70.83*C closing the gap between it and the Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 on low to less than a degree. Going on similar sound levels the two are cloesly matched, however bumping up the fan speed on the NH-D14 SE2011 has large performance gain and is still very quiet. The upside to the Genesis is the ability to run tall RAM which is not posible with the NH-D14.
Final Thoughts of the Prolimatech Genesis
The Prolimatech Genesis is a large, solid, well built, with nice performance. When paired with Porlimatech’s Vortex 14 fans we found it to be near silent in its operation. The design of the Genesis is nice in the sense that it allows for a wide use of fans by the end user because it can handle both 120mm and 140mm fans. If you want to use certain fans, you might like that the Genesis does not come with fans and that you get to pick your own.
The biggest down side to the Genesis is its sheer size and massive weight (800g or 1.8lbs without fans). With the Intel LGA2011 socket we found that the Genesis hangs over the front edge of an ATX board by a couple inches. In a shallow depth case we could foresee that the end of the Genesis could have an issue with the 5.25” drive bays. On Intel LGA775/1155/1156/1366 sockets the rear of the vertical tower could be close enough to the back of the case to prevent the use of a third fan. With any socket, AMD or Intel, the horizontal tower will cover the RAM slots and the 24pin main power connector. It could also make it very interesting to reach fan connectors and the 4/8pin CPU power connector. If the Genesis fits in your case, with all your parts, how and in what order it all gets assembled will be the difference between a smooth build or lots and lots of cussing.
The Genesis paired with three Vortex 14 fans performed well. Comparing it to coolers with similar sound levels the Genesis performed closely. How ever those coolers, like the Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 and Thermaltake Frio Extreme, fan speed could be turned up to gain a little more performance at the cost of some extra noise. With the Vortex 14 fans pushing 87 CFM getting more performance will mean going to a 100+ CFM fan, which means more noise. Some enthusiasts may not care about more noise, but I prefer a quieter solution these days.
The Prolimatech Genesis is priced at $74.99 shipped, and that puts the Genesis square in the high-end air category. Add in the cost of three Red Vortex 14 LED fans run $14.99 plus shipping each. That puts the “as tested” price at ~$126. At that price, the Prolimatech Genesis is roughly $50 more than the Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 ($71.99 Shipped), and $30 more than the Corsair H100 sealed water cooler ($94.99 shipped). With CPU coolers that cost $50 less performing ~6C better at load it makes the Prolimatech Genesis a tough sell.
Legit Bottom Line: The Prolimatech Genesis paired with Vortex 14 fans performs nice and is near silent, albeit on the expensive side.