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Cryorig H7 CPU Cooler Review

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Introduction 

Cryorig recently released a new CPU cooler, the Cryorig H7. It is a single tower cooler and it uses the Hive fin design Cryorig introduced first with the H5 cooler. This cooler also promises good compatibility to both Intel and AMD platform motherboards except for Intel’s 2011 and 2011-3 platform. Aside from the Hive fin design, Cryorig also introduces the X-Bar quick mount system for faster and easier cooler mounting. The H7 will also be bundled with a new fan, the QF120 Balanced 120mm 330~1600 RPM PWM fan with Quad Air Inlet technology which is another new thing from Cryorig. Let’s check all these features as we review the Cryorig H7 today.

Cryorig’s Take on the H7 Cooler

Breaking Design Molds – Efficiency by Innovation

CRYORIG H Series coolers feature our proprietary Hive Fin™ structure. This design allows for a combination of Jet Fin Acceleration™ and Turbulence Reduction, as well as strengthening structural strength of the fin stacks. Combined together, the Hive Fin™ design brings cool innovation.

Air Exhaust Acceleration – Hot Air Cooled Fast

By utilizing a larger air intake and narrower air exhaust section on the fins, compresses the air to move faster while exiting the heatsink. Jet Fin Acceleration System™ carry’s the hot air out of the system faster and more efficiently.

Extreme Efficiency – Turbulence Reduction System

Utilizing a bee hive shaped structure at the front air intake of the heatsink, lowers air turbulence and straightens out the airflow. Assisting airflow to move directly through the full length of the heatsink and carrying out hot air.

Optimized Heatpipe Positioning – Total CPU Coverage

The H7’s Heatpipe Convex-Align™ System allows for more heatpipes in a given area, optimized heatpipe placement in the copper base, and improved alignment with your CPU. With the Heatpipe Convex-Align™ System, each heatpipe functions to their maximum TDP capacity.

Extra Air, Extra Performance – Quad Air Inlet™

CRYORIG’s proprietary Quad Air Inlet™ system features four strategically placed aerodynamic air inlet that allows for extra air intake. The additional air intake allows the QF series fan to have a higher air output volume for its fan diameter, which equals better temperatures for your CPU heatsink and more air exchanged for your system case.

Unmatched Compatibility – Zero RAM Interference

Focusing on providing the widest range of compatibility, the H7 utilizes an asymmetric slanted heatpipe layout to move the heatsink away from the RAM zone, Offering optimal compatibility for RAM with tall heat spreaders on both Intel 115X and AMD platforms.

Patent Pending X-Bar™ Quick Mount System – Fast, Easy and Secure

Our new patent pending X-Bar™ Quick Mount System follows CRYORIG’s renowned mounting system design, and provides a quick and secure solution on both Intel and AMD platforms. The X-Bar™ system’s dedicated backplate is made from fiber glass augmented PBT, for higher tensile strength, resistance to heat and is more easily recyclable than other plastics. The backplate protects the mainboard from excessive stress that may come from the mounted heatsink, and also provides a solid base for your fast and secure installation.

For more details about the Cryorig H7 CPU Cooler, check out the product link below:

http://www.cryorig.com/h7.php

Move on to the next page for the specifications and a closer look at the H7 cooler.

Specifications

HEATSINK SPECIFICATION

  • Dimension ( with fan ): L98 mm x W123 mm x H145 mm
  • Weight ( with fan ): 711 g
  • Weight ( without fan ): 577 g
  • Heat pipes: 6mm heatpipe x 3 units
  • Fin: T = 0.4 mm ; Gap = 2.2 mm
  • Front Fin Pcs: 40 pcs
  • Copper Base: C1100 Pure copper nickel plated
  • RAM Tolerance Height: Limitless
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QF120 SPECIFICATION

  • Dimension: L120 mm x W120 mm x H25.4 mm
  • Weight: 134 g
  • Rated Speed: 330 ~ 1600 RPM ±10 %
  • Noise Level: 10 ~ 25 dBA
  • Air Flow: 49 CFM

Packaging and Content

The Cryorig H7 comes in a very appealing packaging. Features and specifications of the H7 are written around the box.

Upon opening, you are greeted with a reminder to register your product to acquire warranties and support for your H7 cooler.

I certainly would like to commend Cryorig’s packaging on the H7. Just like the R1 Ultimate cooler we reviewed before, the packaging is compact and the cooler is well secured and cushioned. Certainly, the concerns of the retailers and sellers are also address by Cryorig in designing the H7 cooler.

There’s only a couple of items inside the package. You will find the cooler, the mounting brackets, a tube of thermal paste, two extra fan wire mounts and the user’s guide. I have to say this is the least complicated cooler I have ever reviewed with only a few accessories needed.

Here’s the back mounting plate of the cooler for both AMD and Intel platforms which supports Intel’s 1150, 1155 and 1156 sockets. For AMD, it supports FM1, FM2/+, AM2/+ and AM3/+.

Here are the mounting screws and spacers for the cooler and it goes for all the supported platforms.

Let’s take a closer look at the cooler on the next page.

Closer Look

Here’s a look at the Cryorig H7 cooler without the fan mounted on it. The Hive fin design doesn’t only offer better heat dissipation, it also looks cool!

The Hive fin design is only in the front of the H7 cooler which also reduces the turbulence on the air blown into the cooler. The back of the H7 looks like a typical cooler.

Here’s a look at the side of the Cryorig H7.

The pipes are oriented in a way that it provides maximum clearance on the DIMM slots of the motherboard.

Here’s a look at the base of the H7 which is nickel plated with a mirror finish. You can also see the X-Bar quick mount system pre-installed in the cooler. The X-Bar is adjustable and it fits all the supported platforms.

Here’s a look at the Cryorig H7 cooler with the QF120 fan mounted on it.

Let’s move on to the next page for the installation.

Installation – AMD

Let us first install the Cryorig H7 cooler in an AMD platform motherboard which will be played by a MSI 970 Gaming AM3+ motherboard to be paired with an AMD FX 8370 processor for testing and benchmarking. See installation below:

First, take the mounting plate and place the screws into the four holes designated for the AMD platforms.

Place the bracket and screws into the back of the motherboard.

Place the spacers into the screws. It doesn’t need to be screwed into place but they do snap into place.

Place the cooler on top and screw it down. Unlike typical cooler installations where you would screw it secure from the front, you need to screw the Cryorig H7 secure to the motherboard from the back.

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Here’s how the Cryorig H7 cooler look like in the MSI 970 Gaming motherboard.

With regards to memory clearance, the Cryorig H7 cooler clears all DIMM slots. So even if you use tall memories like the Kingston HyperX T1 I used, it will have no problem whatsoever.

Now move on to the next page for the installation for Intel motherboards.

Installation – Intel

Using the same mounting plate, place the screws on the designated holes for the Intel platforms. For Intel, we will be using a MSI Z97 Gaming 5 LGA 1150 motherboard.

Place it from the back and place the spacers. Mount the cooler and screw it from the back same as the AMD installation in the previous page.

Here’s how the Cryorig H7 cooler look like in the MSI Z97 Gaming 5 motherboard.

Just like with the MSI 970 Gaming AM3+ motherboard, the Cryorig H7 cooler also clears all the DIMM slots with the MSI Z97 Gaming 5. The Cryorig H7 cooler sure great DIMM slot clearance for a single tower cooler. You can add an extra fan for a push-pull configuration since the H7 does comes with a pair of spare wire fan mounts.

Move on to the next page for the testing and results.

Testing and Results

System Setup – Intel

  • Processor: Intel i5-4670k (overclocked 4.5 Ghz)
  • Motherboard: MSI Z97 Gaming 5
  • Cooler: Cryorig H7 Cooler
  • Memory: Kingston HyperX Beast 2400Mhz 16GB
  • Boot Drive: Kingston M.2 120GB SSD
  • Graphics Card: Gigabyte GTX 770 OC
  • Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA P2 1200 watts
  • Test Bench: QDIY PC-D60 Acrylic Open-Air Test Bench
  • Fan Controller: Lamptron FC5V3

System Setup – AMD

  • Processor: AMD FX 8370 (overclocked 4.5 Ghz)
  • Motherboard: MSI 970 Gaming
  • Cooler: Cryorig H7 Cooler
  • Memory: Kingston HyperX Beast 2133Mhz 16GB
  • Boot Drive: OCZ Vector 128GB
  • Graphics Card: Gigabyte GTX 770 OC
  • Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA P2 1200 watts
  • Test Bench: QDIY PC-D60 Acrylic Open-Air Test Bench
  • Fan Controller: Lamptron FC5V3

 

Testing Software

  • Prime95
  • CPU-Z
  • MSI Afterburner
  • HW Monitor

Testing will include two phases, one with the processor running at default frequencies and the other at 4.5 Ghz for both the Intel and AMD setups. Prime95 will be ran for 20 minutes, MSI Afterburner will be used to monitor and record temperature readings for the Intel setup and HW Monitor for the AMD setup. Ambient room temperature during the test is around 28C.

Results

Intel System Test Results

With the Intel test results, you can see the three bottommost coolers are single tower coolers. The Thermalright Archon IB-E X2 with its 8 pipes and dual fans outperforms the Cryorig H7 and the Raijintek Themis EVO. We could say having only a single fan really hindered the cooler to perform better. Most certainly adding another fan on the H7 would improve performance.

AMD System Test Results

Testing coolers on a AMD platform is something new we want to incorporate this year starting with the Cryorig H7 cooler.

With the results, it is clear that the H7 is not geared for an overclocked system be it Intel or AMD. It could be but only for a lightly overclocked system. Other than an overclocked system, the Cryorig H7 sure is a good cooler option.

Acoustics

For acoustics, the sound meter is placed around 5 inches away from the front of the cooler. Also note that our readings is using the dB scale, 54 dB = 26 dB(A). From this result and my observation, the QF120 fan is very silent at low RPMs, you can barely hear it when running low loads even with an open-air chassis. At maximum RPM, it is loud but do note that it is a 1800+ RPM fan at maximum voltage unlike those from the other coolers in the graph where the fan maxes out at 1380 RPM. So the noise is justified.

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Now let’s move on to the last page for the final thoughts and conclusion.

Final Thoughts and Conclusion

There are a lot of impressive features the Cryorig H7 CPU cooler has. Cryorig introduced a lot of new features they developed themselves in this cooler which really made it outperform the typical cooler design. First let us talk about the performance of the H7 cooler. Note that the H7 is only 711 grams with fan installed compared to the Archon IB-E 2X I reviewed recently that weighs approximately 1,110 grams including the two fans. For a lightweight single-tower cooler, the performance is very impressive. What makes it impressive is the silent operation of the new QF120 fan. It is very quiet at low loads well until you maxed out the RPMs to 1800+. But for normal use where you rarely hit full loads on your processor even in gaming, the Cryorig H7 overall is good.

We are in a generation wherein the looks matter to the builders and the Cryorig H7 cooler with its black and white theme sure looks good. I can see it being paired to a Fractal Design case or a NZXT case with a black and white theme too. As for compatibility and restrictions, the Cryorig H7 cooler offers maximum clearance with it making all DIMM slots usable for both AMD and Intel boards. However, even though Cryorig says the H7 clears DIMM slots for all boards, I wouldn’t assume to all mini-ITX boards. Hence, Cryorig does offer a solution wherein you can check for clearance issues with their printable cooler clearance guide at their website. Installation is also easy if you are building a new system but you do need to note about the unique installation wherein you need to screw it from the back of the motherboard so that means you need to get your motherboard off the chassis to install the Cryorig H7 cooler.

Cryorig is obviously marketing the H7 cooler for the entry-level and mid-level desktop builders being that it doesn’t support the higher end Intel LGA 2011 and 2011-3 platforms. Also based on our test results, it is certainly not advisable to an overclocked system. Better look for a dual tower cooler like the Cryorig R1 Ultimate if you want to overclock your system or is extensively using your system such as applications that involve rendering that maximizes processor use. But if you’re a typical gamer or builder looking for a great looking, lightweight, easy-to-install cooler, the Cryorig H7 CPU cooler will have a standard retail price of $34.50. With all these new and ingenious features, we will give the Cryorig H7 CPU cooler the Editor’s Choice award.

Likes

  • Ease of installation
  • Lightweight
  • Good memory slot clearance
  • Silent operation
  • Dual fan option available with the included extra wire fan mounts

Dislikes

  • None

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