Before I begin the article and discuss all things in detail I would like to explain briefly what is Cryorig A-series and how this links to the bigger picture of CPU cooling. If you are a fan of Cryorig, please find yourselves welcomed to read our materials – DVTests search.
A-series is comprised of three similar, but at the same time different CPU coolers, all of which come from Cryorig and from some of the stickers on the cooler I reviewed – Asetek. Cryorig A-series is a what’s called Next Gen Solution for CPU cooling and this is due to the fact that it combines both liquid and air cooling in one cooler, definitely fits in the criteria of AIO (all in one) coolers, if you catch my drift.
- A40 – 240mm water cooled aluminium radiator with dimensions of L272 x W120 x H27.5 mm cooled by 2 x QF120 Performance 120mm fans, tube diameter of Ø10 mm and 350 mm of length.
- A40 Ultimate – thick 240mm water cooled aluminium radiator with dimensions of L272 x W120 x H38.5 mm cooled by 2 x QF120 Performance 120mm fans, tube diameter of Ø10 mm and 350 mm of length.
- A80 – 280mm water cooled aluminium radiator with dimensions of L311 x W120 x H27.5 mm cooled by 2 x QF140 Performance, tube diameter of Ø10 mm and 350 mm of length.
All of the above coolers have an additional 70mm fan with dimensions of L70 x W70 x H25.4 mm that can be attached to the water pump assembly and aid with the VRM cooling. This small fan spins between 1500-3000 RPM and generates 3.1 mmH2O of air pressure.
Happy to say that I have in my hands the A80, which is the biggest and baddest of them all. Here is the test and review of Cryorig A80.
My first impression with this piece of cooling was its large and hefty box, all round black with just a couple of white and blue accents – trademark of Cryorig’s design. Very fresh and stylishly looking package, sure to grab your eyes in the shop or online. I also like the position of the technical details as well as the font used, it just shouts “professional”.
Main emphasis of the box is the included fans and a nice thermal image of the performing cooler, which is also present as a first stop in the Cryorig website. It seems that the box was intact on the outside, which led me to believe the same was true for the contents, so a job nicely done by the delivery guy.
Next stop was to open the box and find that there is carton layout with pre-cut holes for each of the parts resembling the water cooling assembly. No damage seemed to be present, so nice job by Cryorig for keeping their product safe and sound.
There is information about the product registration and extended warranty immediately visible when you open the box to remind you how to do this as well as its importance.
CRYORIG A80 ADDITIONAL ACCESSORIES
It’s a pile of bits and pieces that were carefully engineered and designed beautifully, all made of metal adopting that oxidized aluminum finish to make it even better. Those pieces were all neatly packed and labeled in nylon bags so that the end user will not spend 15 minutes finding out what is what and where it should go. Truly a nice piece of work so far. So after taking all of the ingredients out of their cave I arranged them for a photo and closer inspection:
The standard Cryorig A80 contains:
- 1 x water cooling radiator 280mm with attached water pump assembly and tubes
- 1 x 70mm detachable fan
- 2 x 140mm QF140 Performance fans
- 1 x Intel metal backplate
- 1 x AMD metal backplate
- 1 x Intel metal mounting ring for the water pump
- 1 x AMD metal mounting ring for the water pump
- 4 x screw pillars
- 4 x screw pillars for LGA 2011
- 8 x metal washers
- 8 x long screws
- 8 x short screws
- 4 x metal thumb screw caps
- 1 x product registration card
- 2 x installation guides including different languages
Impressive, to say the least, is the word I would use for these accessories, although at times neglected by some companies, they are an essential part of any high-end cooler fit for purpose. Lots of parts are included in the standard package, which is quite satisfying as the cooler is able to be mounted both on AMD and Intel’s most modern sockets (even the not so modern ones as well :)).
I would like to proceed with closer visual inspection of the cooler’s structure and more specifically the radiator and water pump assembly first.
Cryorig A80 STRUCTURE
A80 is the biggest brother of the other two AIOs in the A-series line up and features a large area radiator that would enable sufficient amount of cooling to be sent where needed, preferably in a high end CPU with high overclock, I would say. A80’s aluminum radiator is attached to long, thick and soft rubber tubing that would send the liquid through to the water pump where the magic will happen and your CPU temperatures will go down.
This is Cryorig’s first attempt in water cooling solutions and what an attempt this is, a remarkable one to say the least. Having a closer look at the components made me re-think my idea of keeping to air cooling solutions due to the quiet operation and less chance of things going wrong.
Starting off with the water pump assembly, containing the contact plate, or as I would call it through the review – water block.
|Water block – side view||Water block – top view|
A80 features a water block design that is circular with hard plastic housing and black color. Engraved logo of Cryorig on the side wall of the block reminds us who designed it and also adds a nice touch to the block exterior.
This interesting block design has physical dimensions of L88 x W88 x H52.8 mm and features:
- Asetek’s Gen. 5 Pump and Cold Plate design which is used in all of the A-series coolers. According to the official information the pump design and system is completely redesigned and improved. Newly developed impeller is responsible for increased torque and optimized liquid routing. Compared to Gen.4 this new design allows for better dynamics and capabilities, while maintaining the same noise profile.
- 8 screws are holding the beautifully milled copper contact plate to the bottom of the water block and Cryorig have decided to supply a nice amount of thermal compound for easier and quicker installation.
- Transparent plastic cover to keep the thermal paste away from other parts and protect the gentle copper plate from damage.
All of the electronics are located in the plastic housing of the block and this suggests that all of the cables are attached there as well, all of them black and firmly attached to the block. Another essential component is attached to the water pump assembly – long, heavy duty, soft rubber tubes. Their length is 350 mm and their diameter is Ø10 mm. Fittings used here are plastic. However, I find them to be quite sturdy and well built, so rest assured.
If their start is at the water block, their end is surely to be at the end of the radiator, so let’s talk about it then, shall we?
|FPI – Fins per Inch||Radiator – top view|
Cryorig A80’s radiator looks simple and somewhat plain, with no unnecessary additional plastic details – black paint and a sticker to provide a bit more information about the radiator. The physical dimensions are L311 x W120 x H27.5 mm and that, along with the visual inspection means that this 280mm radiator is a thin one for faster heat dissipation. Material used in the making of this beast is aluminum all the way from the fins to the sides and reservoirs.
Cryorig have made the radiator with higher than normal FPI in order to increase the heat exchange surface and also in conjunction with the high airflow fans included.
|Radiator thickness||Closer look at the label|
As included in the package this radiator is made to be used with at least two 140mm cooling fans either in push or pull configuration. Another option is also available, however there are no included additional long screws for push/pull configuration so you’d need to find another set of screws if you plan on doing a monster cooling AIO.
Mentioning the fans would allow us to proceed to their inspection also.
|Included fans||3000 RPM for the win!|
Out of the box there are 3 fans, however only two of them are used to cool the radiator and the one small fan is used for another, relevant purpose. Two of the fans are 140mm with square frame painted in black and dimensions of L140 x W140 x H25.4 mm. Their model name is QF140 Performance and they feature a white propeller with 11 blades, made to provide additional airflow and pressure to the radiator. Their rotational speed is between 600 ~ 1850 RPM ±10 % while generating noise level of 13-38 dBA. Steady airflow at maximum speed is measured at 128 CFM and 2.12 mmH2O for the air pressure. The fans require up to 12 Volts each when at maximum operating speed and 0.43 ampere. Included fans are powered and regulated by PWM (pulse width modulation).
|Rubber dampers||Fans side and rear view|
Quad Air Inlet™ system features four strategically placed aerodynamic air inlets for extra air intake and higher air output volume.
Also there is one more fan with dimension of L70 x W70 x H25.4 mm and a circular black frame, 7 blade propeller painted in white and specifications: 1500-3000 RPM at 12 volts maximum, 15-27 dBA of noise level, 25 CFM maximum airflow and 3.1 mmH2O of air pressure. All of the fans should be connected to the respective ports at the end of the cables going from the water block, and the smaller 70mm fan has a connector right on top of the plastic housing of the block itself as seen on the picture below.
This is what the fans look like when mounted on the radiator:
|Needed parts||Fans installed|
Although there are no colors except black and white I feel this cooler is made to look simple but effective, as well as to fit many modern cases and hardware, without interfering much with the interior color scheme.
I would have to install the radiator and water block, plug it to the power source and USB connector on the motherboard so that I have a clear vision what are the RPMs and how the unit is operating, then proceed with the tests.
According to the technical specifications the unit’s mounting kit is compatible with the following sockets:
- Intel sockets: LGA /115X/1366/2011/2011-v3
- AMD sockets: AM2,AM2+,AM3,AM3+,FM1,FM2,FM2+
Before proceeding with the installation I have to make sure I’m doing the right thing and having a look at the installation guide is always useful. In this case it is helpful, not too shiny and kept simple, but informative.
In my case the Intel mouting ring is pre-installed and this means less hassle for me, however if you have an AMD system all you need to do is turn the existing ring counter clock-wise, install the AMD metal ring and turn it clock-wise until it stops. Then you’re ready to go with the AMD installation. AMD bracket is shown on the picture below, along with all other needed parts for complete Intel assembly.
Intel’s backplate has alignment screws attached to it, so you can select the desired socket to fit your purpose.
|Backplate and screws ready||All installed|
With the superb help of the MultiSeg™ mounting system everything is easy and as simple as it gets. I would say that the process of aligning the Intel backplate and installing it, ready to accommodate the water block took no longer than 3 minutes and this is with the tightening of all 4 thumb screws.
And this is what the block looks like when installed on an Intel socket. Due to the MultiSeg™ mounting system everything fits perfectly and there is no interference with other components on the motherboards or socket. Of course, securing the water block with the other 4 thumb screw caps is a must and that again took quite a small amount of time.
|Water block installed||Another angle|
In addition, here are a couple of photos with the Airflow fan installed on the water block. It works by simply aligning the plastic piece of the fan frame and by pushing downwards you hear a click and it is all snug into place. Also this can be done for the fan to be placed in a pull direction, you just need to turn it. There is an additional plastic piece on the other side of the fan frame as well.
|Airflow fan||Another angle|
It looks massive and interesting and I really want to see this in action and here it is inside the case, ready to be tested.
|Inside the case||with Airflow fan installed|
I have finished with the review and inspection of the water cooling system and all of its parts and now it is time to give it some hard time through the tests.
Cryorig A80 TESTS
With the Cryorig A80 installed, the time to check my testing rig has arrived.
- CPU: Intel i5-4670K
- At standard frequency 3.400 MHz (Voltage set to Auto when not OC-ing)
- At low overclock frequency of 3.900 MHz (at 1.20V)
- At medium overclock frequency of 4.300 MHz (at 1.23V)
- Motherboard: ASUS Maximus VII HERO Z97
- Video card: MSI AMD R9 280X GAMING 3G
- Memory: Kingston Hyper-X SAVAGE 8 GB, Dual channel, 1866 MHz
- Solid State Drive: Intel 530 Series, 120 GB
- Hard drive: Western Digital 640 GB Black Series
- Case: Silverstone AeroCool Aero 1000
- Power supply: Corsair RM750 W
- Cooler: Cryorig A80
- Thermal paste: pre-applied by manufacturer
For the test I will be using the supplied 2 x QF140 Performance fans and will test the cooler with maximum revolutions per minute.
The tests were conducted in a closed system with:
Three 120mm case fans:
- Aerocool 2 x 120mm case fans, serving as front intakes, rotating at ~ 1200 RPM.
- Aerocool 120mm fan, serving as rear exhaust, rotating at ~ 1200 RPM.
Room temperature of about 22-23 degrees Celsius.
And here I want to describe my testing method.
I will install Cryorig A80 and do stress tests using Prime95 AVX software with constant load on the cooler for 14:30 minutes with custom settings of minimum FFT size (in K of 128), max FFT size (in K of 128) and Run FFTs in place at standard frequency of 3.4 GHz (Voltage set to Auto when not OC-ing), at low overclock frequency of 3.9 GHz (at 1.20V) and at medium overclock frequency of 4.3 GHz (at 1.23V) using the supplied fans installed on the radiator.
Now let’s check out the test results, starting with the Idle, where I’ve left the motherboard to control the speed of Cryorig A80:
|A80 @3.4 Idle||A80 @3.4 Idle with Airflow fan|
Next test is at 3.4 GHz with and without the Airflow fan attached:
|A80 @3.4 Load||A80 @3.4 Load with Airflow fan|
Proceeding further with the 3.9 GHz tests:
|A80 @3.9 Load||A80 @3.9 Load with Airflow fan|
Last, but not least, the test at 4.3 GHz:
|A80 @4.3 Load||A80 @4.3 Load with Airflow fan|
All of the test results have been summed up in the following charts:
|CPU temperature||CPU temperature with Airflow fan|
And the fans speed during the tests:
VRM temperature with and without the Airflow fan attached:
I think the time to express my initial thoughts and feelings about this product has arrived.
Cryorig A80 CONCLUSIONS
1. Cryorig A80 performance:
Starting from the very well built package which I like, moving forward to the excellent quality of the included accessories and mounting kit, proceeding with the easy installation I can honestly say that this is one of my top 3 coolers. I’ve tested a bunch of water cooling solutions, but this one really moves up the list.
Noise level on auto control with the PWM is absolutely amazing, both with and without the airflow fan. I couldn’t distinguish its sound and I am thankful to Cryorig that they include a nice auxiliary fan with outstanding quality. Noise level when push comes to shove is a bit on the noisy side of things, especially at maximum RPM. The cooler would be unbearable in a living room even from a couple of meters away, but the main purpose of those high RPM, high airflow fans is to deliver airflow when needed. You can keep it at auto mode all the time and it will be indistinguishable from an air CPU cooler.
Pump noise is minimal, barely audible for which we have to again thank Cryorig/Asetek for making this work. One of the things I don’t really admire in AIOs is the pump whining noise, however such is not present here. Outstanding quality and execution.
For the temperatures you have to judge for yourselves, but I believe this is by far the top performer in my book. CPU temperatures are excellent even at 4.3 GHz with increased voltage, which is really pushing the CPU to a hot state, combined with the Prime95 tests. Airflow fan didn’t seem to bring much goodness in the overall CPU temp, however the difference in VRM temp is significant at times and if we have to be honest – VRM under high heat are more likely to be damaged over time, rather than the CPU gaining a degree or 2.
Compatibility is top notch, even with the Airflow fan. Compatibility is judged upon the fact that I already have room in the case for 280mm radiator, so please bear that in mind if you have a smaller case, which is not prepared to accommodate larger radiators. Really good job by Cryorig, indeed.
2. Cryorig A80 appearance:
Although it looks a bit on the plain side, this unit impresses not so much with the color scheme, but rather with the included fan and the overall appearance created by the 3rd fan. I would have to say that I like the neutrality of the white/black colors and they get along very well in this assembly. What I also find really attractive is the 11 blade propeller design which screams aggressive and performing.
According to my review, I think that Cryorig A80 deserves the following award:
Official price (MSRP) for Cryorig A80: 120 euro including VAT
Official warranty: up to 6 years with the extender warranty card
Special thanks to Cryorig for providing us with a test sample and stay tuned for the A40 Ultimate review coming soon!
If you're on the verge of destroying your CPU with overclock, rest assured as Cryorig A80 is here to help!