Prolimatech Genesis CPU Cooler Review

In order to provide you with the most professional and accurate reviews, we are using the following equipment to test the performance of coolers. The system automatically calculates the Delta T temperature, which is the difference between the ambient temperature and the temperature at the top of the thermal core. We test each cooler with the included thermal grease. Two Blue Vortex 14 LED 140mm 1000RPM fans have been installed on the Genesis for the purpose of this review.

  • Custom copper thermal core with automatic power controls
  • Watlow heat generation rods
  • PT100 temperature sensors
  • Lutron DW-6091 Power Analyzer
  • SL-5868P digital sound level meter
  • CompuLAB interface
  • MyPClab thermal interface
  • Custom calibration box
  • Custom software

More information about our testing equipment and methodology can be found in this article.


Cooler

Thermal Test

Fan Speed

Noise

50W (°C)

75W (°C)

120W (°C)

180W (°C)

(RPM)

(dBA)

Prolimatech Megahalems Rev C

13,5

17,6

22,7

30,0

1600

42,3

Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro C1

13,4

17,2

22,8

30,4

1700

48,7

Antec Kühler H2O 620

13,5

17,2

23,0

31,4

1500

42,8

Prolimatech Genesis

14,1

18,5

22,9

31,6

1000

37,9

Gelid GX-7

14,1

17,3

23,6

31,7

1800

45,9

Scythe Yasya

14,5

20,4

26,1

32,0

1800

48,3

Thermaltake Frio Extreme

12,6

15,5

23,1

32,1

1200

41,1

Glacialtech Alaska

14,4

18,0

24,3

32,2

1600

46,5

Noctua NH-D14

12,2

15,1

23,0

32,2

900

35,9

Noctua NH-C14

12,8

16,2

23,5

32,3

900

35,5

ARCTIC Freezer i30

14,2

19,0

23,6

32,4

1400

36,1

Be Quiet Dark Rock Advanced C1

15,2

19,4

24,1

33,0

1500

40,1

Phanteks PH-TC14CS

20,1

22,3

25,5

33,1

1300

36,2

Noctua NH-L12

16,0

20,0

24,9

33,6

1600

36,9

Akasa Venom Voodoo

14,4

18,0

25,0

33,7

900

36,2

Thermaltake Frio

15,1

19,0

25,2

33,8

1200

39,7

Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro C1

15,2

20,0

25,9

34,3

900

38,1

Xigmatek Aegir

15,0

18,9

25,5

34,4

1100

37,8

Scythe Yasya

15,7

21,6

26,7

34,4

600

35,1

Noctua NH-L12

16,1

21,5

26,5

34,8

1300

35,2

Glacialtech Alaska

15,3

19,9

26,2

35,0

850

37,6

Akasa Nero 3

14,5

18,2

25,5

36,1

2000

52,1

Akasa Venom

15,1

21,5

27,2

40,1

1900

52,0

Phanteks PH-TC14CS (One fan)

21,2

25,1

30,0

41,1

1300

35,0

Noctua NH-L12 (one fan)

17,5

24,2

29,4

45,2

1600

36,1

Prolimatech Genesis (one fan)

18,2

21,6

30,2

47,5

1000

35,0

Arctic Freezer 13

19,6

25,9

29,4

48,1

2000

38,2

Akasa Venom

18,2

25,2

30,7

48,4

800

36,0

Noctua NH-L12 (one fan)

20,2

26,7

33,0

53,7

1300

34,4

Prolimatech Lynx

21,5

29,9

36,8

56,4

1650

47,2

 

Paired with two good 140mm fans, the Genesis is capable of excellent thermal performance, outperforming other low-noise solutions and even competing with much noisier high performance tower coolers. If the end user would sacrifice the comfortable acoustics performance that two 1000RPM fans provide, stronger cooling fans are definitely going to push the performance of the Genesis higher, yet we do not believe that the small difference in terms of thermal performance would be worth such a great noise increase. Unfortunately, the removal of a single fan has a severe impact on the performance of the Genesis, with the performance dropping so much that it could barely compete with low-cost solutions.

 

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In order to provide you with the most professional and accurate reviews, we are using the following equipment to test the performance of coolers. The system automatically calculates the Delta T temperature, which is the difference between the ambient temperature and the temperature at the top of the thermal core. We test each cooler with the included thermal grease. Two Blue Vortex 14 LED 140mm 1000RPM fans have been installed on the Genesis for the purpose of this review.

  • Custom copper thermal core with automatic power controls
  • Watlow heat generation rods
  • PT100 temperature sensors
  • Lutron DW-6091 Power Analyzer
  • SL-5868P digital sound level meter
  • CompuLAB interface
  • MyPClab thermal interface
  • Custom calibration box
  • Custom software

More information about our testing equipment and methodology can be found in this article.


Cooler

Thermal Test

Fan Speed

Noise

50W (°C)

75W (°C)

120W (°C)

180W (°C)

(RPM)

(dBA)

Prolimatech Megahalems Rev C

13,5

17,6

22,7

30,0

1600

42,3

Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro C1

13,4

17,2

22,8

30,4

1700

48,7

Antec Kühler H2O 620

13,5

17,2

23,0

31,4

1500

42,8

Prolimatech Genesis

14,1

18,5

22,9

31,6

1000

37,9

Gelid GX-7

14,1

17,3

23,6

31,7

1800

45,9

Scythe Yasya

14,5

20,4

26,1

32,0

1800

48,3

Thermaltake Frio Extreme

12,6

15,5

23,1

32,1

1200

41,1

Glacialtech Alaska

14,4

18,0

24,3

32,2

1600

46,5

Noctua NH-D14

12,2

15,1

23,0

32,2

900

35,9

Noctua NH-C14

12,8

16,2

23,5

32,3

900

35,5

ARCTIC Freezer i30

14,2

19,0

23,6

32,4

1400

36,1

Be Quiet Dark Rock Advanced C1

15,2

19,4

24,1

33,0

1500

40,1

Phanteks PH-TC14CS

20,1

22,3

25,5

33,1

1300

36,2

Noctua NH-L12

16,0

20,0

24,9

33,6

1600

36,9

Akasa Venom Voodoo

14,4

18,0

25,0

33,7

900

36,2

Thermaltake Frio

15,1

19,0

25,2

33,8

1200

39,7

Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro C1

15,2

20,0

25,9

34,3

900

38,1

Xigmatek Aegir

15,0

18,9

25,5

34,4

1100

37,8

Scythe Yasya

15,7

21,6

26,7

34,4

600

35,1

Noctua NH-L12

16,1

21,5

26,5

34,8

1300

35,2

Glacialtech Alaska

15,3

19,9

26,2

35,0

850

37,6

Akasa Nero 3

14,5

18,2

25,5

36,1

2000

52,1

Akasa Venom

15,1

21,5

27,2

40,1

1900

52,0

Phanteks PH-TC14CS (One fan)

21,2

25,1

30,0

41,1

1300

35,0

Noctua NH-L12 (one fan)

17,5

24,2

29,4

45,2

1600

36,1

Prolimatech Genesis (one fan)

18,2

21,6

30,2

47,5

1000

35,0

Arctic Freezer 13

19,6

25,9

29,4

48,1

2000

38,2

Akasa Venom

18,2

25,2

30,7

48,4

800

36,0

Noctua NH-L12 (one fan)

20,2

26,7

33,0

53,7

1300

34,4

Prolimatech Lynx

21,5

29,9

36,8

56,4

1650

47,2

 

Paired with two good 140mm fans, the Genesis is capable of excellent thermal performance, outperforming other low-noise solutions and even competing with much noisier high performance tower coolers. If the end user would sacrifice the comfortable acoustics performance that two 1000RPM fans provide, stronger cooling fans are definitely going to push the performance of the Genesis higher, yet we do not believe that the small difference in terms of thermal performance would be worth such a great noise increase. Unfortunately, the removal of a single fan has a severe impact on the performance of the Genesis, with the performance dropping so much that it could barely compete with low-cost solutions.

 

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