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Prolimatech Genesis

Prolimatech, who became well known for their high performance Megahalems air-cooler, are attempting to evoke some of that magic with their latest creation, known simply as Genesis. This new CPU cooler is intended to address a key weakness of heatsinks that use the tower design, by providing down draft over the motherboard for cooling critical system components...

Already it has been over 2 years since we were first impressed by the Prolimatech Megahalems as it brushed aside the competition. It is amazing to think in that time Prolimatech was born and has already become a household name amongst overclockers. Roughly 6 months after the release of the Megahalems, Prolimatech attempted to excite the market once again with a new product.

There are two series of fins that measure 11cm long, 14.6cm wide and 3.3cm thick. Whereas one of these series is mounted vertically via six heatpipes and measures 16cm in height from the base, the other is mounted horizontally. The six heatpipes connected to the horizontally mounted array of fins gives it a total height of 8.5cm from the base.

Now because this huge fin bank measures 11cm long by 14.6cm wide, it means that the Genesis actually takes up 20.5cm by 14.6cm of motherboard space once installed, which is a significant amount. Ultimately what this means is that the Genesis will cover all the DIMM slots on a motherboard and as such needs to clear the memory modules.

Prolimatech does not supply fans with the Genesis, rather they leave the choice of fans up to the user which is probably a wise move given the number of options available. Without the fans installed the Genesis does weigh in at a hefty 800 grams, though this has become somewhat standard for heatsinks that stand 16cm tall.

The Genesis has been designed to suit Intel LGA 775/1366/1156/1155 platforms as well as the AMD AM2+ and AM3 platforms. Something we are pleased to have found is that Prolimatech is finally supplying AMD users with a mounting solution right out of the box without having to purchase additional components. Previously AMD users have had to shell out an additional $9 US for the AM2+/AM3 mounting system.

The Megahalems for example shipped with an MSRP of $60 US, though it has been tough finding samples at this price, most online retailers have been asking more like $70 US. While the Super Mega has been fetching $85 US, the Armageddon has also been retailing for $70 US.

So at $80 US the Genesis is their most expensive cooler yet. That said, AMD users might not think so, as they save almost $10 US by avoiding the need to purchase the required mounting kit. Of course they must still purchase fans, and a pair of 140mm fans will cost at least $30 US extra.

Therefore, while the Genesis might provide a high level of CPU cooling performance while also cooling other system components, users are going to pay a price premium for it. Besides the price premium, the only other potential problem we see with the Genesis is compatibility.

Finally, for those looking for the ultimate air-cooler that not only provides excellent CPU cooling performance but also ensures that the motherboard and surrounding components receive adequate cooling, the Genesis has to be it.



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