Dynatron Genius Review

gotdamojo06 - 2009-10-07 18:30:57 in CPU Cooling
Category: CPU Cooling
Reviewed by: gotdamojo06   
Reviewed on: November 4, 2009
Price: $49.95

Introduction:  

Are you looking for a new cooler for your build? Maybe you are still working with some older sockets and your old cooling solution isn't cutting it anymore and you want to upgrade. What ever the reason for you looking at getting a new cooler, you may just want to check out the Dynatron Genius CPU cooler. Dynatron has released a new cooler that takes advantage of the direct heatpipe technology and makes it look good while doing it. The Genius CPU Cooler has quite a few features packed into the cooler that may be able to give you the performance that you are looking for at the price and power consumption that you are looking for. The Dynatron is going to be able to effectively cool up to 150W of heat and keep the noise levels as low as they can. I am curious to see exactly what this cooler looks like and how well it is going to be able to perform against the stock Intel HSF setup.

 

Closer Look:

Looking at the packaging for the Dynatron Genius CPU Cooler, you are going to get the impression that the cooler is built with a lot of quality by the way that the package is setup and using the all white look to it. The front of the package pictures an image of the Genius cooler to let you know exactly what it looks like. At the top right hand corner of the package, you are going to see the Dynatron logo with the slogan "The Thermal Solution Architect" printed under their company logo; in the opposite corner of the front you are going to see the Genius logo with the description "Desktop CPU Cooler" printed under it. Listed to the left of the image of the Genius cooler is where you are going to find a short description of the features the cooler has cooperated into it. At the bottom right hand corner of the front is the Core i5 and Core i7 badges to let you know that the cooler is compatible with these processors. The back of the package is where you are going to find a list of all the specifications that the cooler has such as different processors that are supported with the cooler. One of the sides of the package is going to display another image of the cooler and point out some of the highlights of the cooler itself while the opposite side of the package is going to give you a description and a list of features.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you open up the package, you are going to find the cooler and all of the accessories encased in a molded plastic casing that is going to keep everything in place during the shipping process as well as make sure that any damages that may happen to the outside of the package will not hurt the Genius Cooler. When you take a look at the accessories that come with the cooler, you are going to find a user manual to help you install the cooler if you need help with it, you are going to find a tube of thermal paste in case you do not have any as well as a whole bunch of mounting hardware. The cooler comes packaged with the AMD bracket, and LGA 775, LGA 1156, and LGA 1366 mounting hardware that use the pushpin system. There is only one set of pushpins that you have to install on the bracket you wish to use.

 

Now that we know how the Dynatron Genius is packaged and what it comes with, it's time to take a closer look at the cooler and see what makes it unique.

Closer Look:

Taking a look at the Dynatron Genius CPU Cooler outside of the packaging, you are going to see that it uses the dual tower design with the fan inserted between the two heatsinks towering upwards. You can see that there is a tall heatsink that makes up the base of the cooler to add extra cooling space to help pull more heat off of the processor, you can also see that there are four thick heatpipes that come out of the base of the cooler and travel upwards. There is even spacing between the four heatpipes that travel through the large array of heatsink fins to make sure that the heat is dissipated evenly over the heatsink to help increase the effectiveness of the cooler. Looking at the side of the Genius CPU Cooler, you are going to see that there is a plastic covering that is going to help keep the air that is being moved with the fan go where it is intended to go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taking a closer look at the top of the cooler, you are going to see the four heatpipes come out of the array of fins that the cooler has allowing the heat to travel all the way up to the top of the cooler, making sure that all of the aspects of the cooler are going to be able to be utilized to their fullest. There is a piece of plastic in the middle of the cooler with the Dynatron logo printed on it, this is what is going to keep the fan in the middle in place and help direct the air that is being moved through the cooler. If you look at the base of the cooler, you are going to see that Genius cooler uses the direct heatpipe technology which allows the heatpipes to have direct contact with the IHS of your processor reducing the amount of material the heat has to pass through to reach the heatpipes. The heatpipes have been flattened and the polished nickel coloring has been removed to allow the copper to grab the heat the best it can.

 

 

There is one fan installed on the Dynatron Genius CPU Cooler, it is a 120x120x25mm fan without the outter casing that most 120mm fans have to install inside of your case. The fan operates at anywhere from 0.6W to 5.4W at 100% fan speed, which is 1600RPM. The fan can move 68.0CFM when it is operating at 100% and at that speed is producing 26.0dBA. Dynatron has even given us the static pressure of the fan which is 1.379mm-H2O when it is operating at 100%. The fan supports PWM functions which allows the fan to adjust its speed depending on how hot the processor's cores are operating at.

 

 

As I mentioned before, the Dynatron Genius has a rather large heatsink attached to the base of the cooler, this is going to allow more heat to be pulled off the processor at a quicker rate, the heatsink has multiple high points on it which increase the surface area of the heatsink which is going to allow more heat to be pulled off of the processor. The Genius cooler uses the two heatsinks in one design with the fan in between the two towers of the heatsink, this splits the heatpipes in half and each half gets its own tower to direct the heat towards to help reduce the amount of heat held by the heatsink.

 

 

 

Installing the mounting hardware on the Dynatron Genius CPU Cooler is quite simplistic, once you have figured out what socket you are going to be installing it on and know which set of brackets you are going to need, you take the four screws packaged with the cooler and screw the brackets down onto the base in the pre-drilled holes. It is pretty self-explanatory and a standard practice among coolers on the market. The only difference that Dynatron has from others is there is only one set of pushpins for all three of the Intel brackets, however all you need to do is feed the clear part through the hole and slide the black top over it and it is ready to be installed in your system.

 

 

 

The Dynatron Genius CPU Cooler fits nice and easy into the NZXT Beta Evo chassis that I am going to be testing the cooler inside of, it does not come close to hitting the RAM that is installed and does not take up too much space that it gets in the way of removing the RAM sticks if needed or taking out the motherboard with the cooler installed.

 

Now that we know exactly how the Dynatron Genius CPU Cooler is designed, it is time to take a look at the specifications of the cooler and compare it to the stock Intel cooler.

Specifications:

 

Socket Type

Intel: LGA 1366, LGA 1156 & LGA 775
AMD: Socket AM3, AM2 &AM2+

Heatsink Material

Aluminum Fins

Heatsink Dimensions

124 x 148 x 120 mm

Heatsink Heatpipes

4 @ 6mm diameter

Fan Dimensions

20 x 120 x 25 mm

Fan Speed

1000~1600RPM

Fan Bearing Type

Sleeve Bearing

Fan Noise Level

19.1 - 26.0 dBA

Fan connector

4 pin PWM

Fan Color

Black

Total Weight

795g

 

Features:

 

 

All information courtesy of Dynatron @ http://www.dynatron-corp.com/en/product_detail_2.aspx?cv=&id=184&in=0

Testing:

To properly test the Dynatron Genius CPU Cooler's ability to cool a processor, I will need to monitor the processor's temperature. I will break the temperatures up into four different tests. The first test is going to be done at stock settings and at idle, which will have little to no CPU usage. The next test will have the processor at stock settings and at full load, or 100% CPU usage. I will repeat this when the processor is overclocked. To monitor the processor, I will be using Real Temp 3.00 and using the Maximum CPU temperature feature to gather the temperatures and for the stress testing application to simulate a full load of the processor I will be using Prime95 25.7. I will be using the Blend test in Prime95 and run it on all four cores and the four simulated Hyper Threading cores for one whole hour. The settings used during the overclocked tests are going to make the i7 processor run at 25% higher than stock speeds, giving me 3332MHz, with a 166MHz FSB and a 20x multiplier; the vCore for the processor will be set to 1.12V. With these settings the i7 will be producing a calculated 183.12 Watts of heat. Let's see which coolers are going to be able to take such a large heat load and yield some good temperatures!
 

Testing Setup:

 

Comparison Heatsinks:

 

 

 

 

The Dynatron Genius was able to perform quite well when it was compared to the Stock Intel HSF, it was able to beat out the stock Intel cooling solution in each test it was put up against it. However against the BADA it fell short by comparison.

Conclusion:

The Dynatron Genius CPU Cooler performed quite well when it was stacked up against the stock cooling solution that Intel provides for their retail processors. The Dynatron Genius cooler is very light weight and stands quite tall, however it is not too tall for a mid tower chassis, which will come in handy if you are unsure of what case you are going to be putting your build in. The Direct Heatpipe Technology worked quite well for the Genius cooler, I have always liked the idea of having the heatpipes touch the IHS of your processor directly, as the heat will be transfered right to them and they are what is going to be transferring the heat to all of the fins on the cooler. Speaking of the fins of the cooler, the look of having the fan placed between two towering heatsinks makes the cooler look more eligant and does provide some good functionality to the heatsink. If the fan had a higher max fan speed setting, I am sure that the temperatures that it was able to give me would have been much lower, however the temperatures that it did yield were lower than what the stock Intel HSF were able to give me. The light weight of the Genius cooler is going to put your mind at ease if you are worried about installing a heavy heatsink on your motherboard and risk cracking the PCB or getting any warped effects from having a large heatsink installed and having gravity pull down on it. If you were in the market for a new cooler for your processor that operates at quite a low noise level and is going to be able to out perform the stock Intel HSF, you may want to take a look at the Dynatron Genius CPU Cooler.

 

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