Prolimatech Genesis CPU Cooler Review – The Super CoolerWed, May 30, 2012 - 12:00 AM
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.