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Prolimatech Genesis Black

Nine Big Air Coolers For Intel's Haswell CPUs, Reviewed
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Maker of the famous Megahalems heat sink, Prolimatech decided to change things up for its Genesis design by combining the benefits of both down- and cross-draft cooling. We received the even more exclusive Black version of this design.

Rather than take the typical one-size-fits-most approach, Prolimatech sells its heat sinks without fans. The Genesis includes clips for both 120 and 140 mm third-party fans (standard 25 mm thickness), and Prolimatech even offers a few fan models under its own name.

Most unusual of its fan products is Prolimatech’s 15 mm-thick 140 mm model. The firm sent a pair of these ($20 each), along with the special clips needed to use this nonstandard thickness on the Genesis ($5), adding a total of $45 to the cost of this $80 sink.

Oxide-resistant electroplating assures excellent contact between the Genesis’ finely-machined copper base and your CPU’s integrated heat spreader.

O-rings secure nuts to Prolimatek’s Intel-compatible support plate. The plate uses Intel’s socket backing plate as a spacer, and the nuts have shoulders to prevent pull-through. Though setup requires a little dexterity, the result is a mount that doesn’t create any clearance issues with nearby components.

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