Testing and Results
To test CPU coolers we boot the PC up to Windows and measure temperatures under idle and load state, using professional software.
For idle testing, we simply let the rig sit doing absolutely nothing for 30 minutes and take the most representative temperature of the last 10 minutes. The same is used for the load testing, but instead of letting the PC do nothing; we load all cores to 100% using multiple instances of SuperPi2004 and let the program(s) run for at least 10 minutes.
The whole system was setup for optimal air flow with multiple 140mm intake and exhaust fans, as is recommended for any system.
The Prolimatech Genesis is one hell of a cooler. It keeps a 4.0GHz dual core stressed at about 40 degrees Celcius and keeps a 3.8GHz quad in the lower-50 regions, which is simply impressive.
The special feature of this cooler is that it’s supposed to cool motherboard components too. For this I compared the motherboard temperatures of a standard high quality heatsink (BeQuiet! Dark Rock Pro) to the Genesis. On average, the Genesis keeps the idle motherboard temperature 2 degrees lower and the load motherboard temperature drops by 2-4 degrees too; success achieved!
Pricing and Availability
For nearly anyone the price of a product defines its practical worth. The Genesis has proven to be an excellent cooler which hybrid feature actually contributes to overall system cooling. The price of the cooler on the other hand isn’t as amazing: €59.- in the BeNeLux, excluding fans… a cheap pair of good quality Yate Loon 140mm fans will cost you at least another €15.-. So for the minimal cooling solution you’re looking at €75.- for air cooling; but hey! It keeps your motherboard components temperature down by about 2 degrees. You decide if it’s worth your hard-earned money.
There’s a few different bundle options here.