Compatibility and Installation
Prolimatech Genesis is fully universal, i.e. it may be installed onto any contemporary platform. Since the installation procedure for AMD and Intel platforms in fact differs only by the type of backplate you have to use, we are going to discuss in detail only the Intel installation. All mainboards with LGA775/1155/1156/1366 socket use the same universal backplate. However, in case of an LGA775 mainboard, you will have to stick a special pad between the PCB and the backplate.
The first step is to insert enclosed bushes into the retention holes in the backplate and lock them in place with rubber rings:
After that the backplate is attached to the back of the mainboard:
…using special threaded mounts:
After that you fasten thick rails onto the mounts. These rails will be used to hold the retention bracket. Then you apply a very thin layer of thermal paste onto the CPU heat-spreader, install the cooler and evenly press it to the CPU using another bracket with spring-screws:
This retention mechanism is not only convenient, but also super-reliable and provides exceptional high-pressure hold. In my opinion, it is one of the best retention kits for CPU air-coolers out there today.
That’s it. Now Genesis needs to take on a couple of fans and it is ready to go:
Note that the new Prolimatech cooler may only be installed one way: across the mainboard. Of course, other positions could be theoretically possible, but in this case the user will have either to give up an external graphics card (I can’t think of a system with integrated graphics that would need a cooler like that) or to use all the system components outside the case.
Prolimatech web-site offers the following illustration that should help determine whether a given mainboard will be compatible with the Genesis cooler or not:
It means that there should be at least 26 mm between the first PCI Express slot and the CPU space as marked on the picture. Otherwise, the heatsink will be hitting against the graphics card.
This is what the fanless Genesis looks like inside the system case:
And it looks even more unique with the fans installed:
It is truly a massive structure, but we have seen even larger coolers. This isn’t the point here. The most important question is whether Prolimatech Genesis will cope with an overclocked CPU. We are about to find out everything right after we discuss the specifications and testbed configuration.