Cryorig H7 was officially announced back in January 2015 and was actually the smallest single tower cooler in the company portfolio at that time. The cooler itself is meant to deliver the high-tech structure of his bigger brothers, good cooling performance at decent price and wide compatibility range for the mainstream users.
I already have the cooler ready to be tested and reviewed and I am really curious about the performance of this product while cooling my AMD A8-5600K processor at default, a bit overclocked, a bit more overclocked and even more overclocked frequencies.
So let us waste no more time and check the package, the additional accessories, the cooler structure and after that perform some cooling tests.
The cooler was provided to me for performing a thorough test and review in a pretty small and at the same time very stylish looking, painted in black and white carton box with a big picture of the cooler and some details regarding the product on the front side of the box, while the full technical specifications and some additional details regarding the product are located on all of the other sides of the package.
In fact the box looks pretty nice but I am curious about what’s inside of it. So let’s open the box and check what’s inside…
|First look inside of the box||The cooler itself|
After I opened the package, the first thing to notice was the top black fin of the cooler and of course some additional carton flap holding the heatsink in place. But the better part of the opening the box process is after I removed the carton part, which revealed the fully assembled cooler in the middle of the carton bed and two compartments on each side of the cooler holding the additional accessories.
And this is the view which I got after I took both the cooler and the additional accessories out of the carton bed.
As always, let’s start checking the accessories pack.
Cryorig H7 ADDITIONAL ACCESSORIES
The first thing which I noticed, after I took all of the accessories out of the carton box, is that actually they are not that many as I was expecting having in mind my experience with Cryorig R1 Universal, which I had the chance to test and review back in 2014. In order to find out why this is the case, we will also have to check the cooler’s structure.
Of course, all of the accessories were packed in separate nylon bags ensuring that everything will arrive with the cooler and in perfect condition.
The standard Cryorig H7 package offers:
- Black PBT back plate required for all Intel and AMD sockets
- A set of four plastic tubes to stay between the motherboard and the front plates for all of the sockets both from Intel and AMD
- A set of four long bolts to fasten the heatsink to the motherboard for all of the sockets both from Intel and AMD
- AMD installation manual
- Intel installation manual
- 2 x additional metal clips for installing a second fan
- A syringe of premium Cryorig CP9 thermal compound
- Product registration card for extending the warranty with additional 3 years
The standard accessories pack is actually not very big but I should say very smartly made and that is because for all of the sockets from both Intel and AMD, the same back plate, bolts, tubes and front brackets are used. Very nice I should say and, most of all, very convenient for all of the users.
To continue with this article, let’s proceed with checking the cooler’s structure.
Cryorig H7 HEAT SINK STRUCTURE
With taking the cooler in my hand for first time I spent some time enjoying the cooler’s structure and according to what I saw the cooler is designed with all of the features included in the big brothers in the company portfolio and that includes the Hive Fin structure, Jet Fin Acceleration System and asymmetrical fins stack combined with Quad Air Inlet provided by the fan. Features which, when combined together, will definitely deliver a pretty serious cooling performance for a cooler with overall dimensions of 123(W) x 145(H) x 98(D) mm and overall weight of 711 g including the fan.
To keep the tradition, let’s start with the contact plate, which is the component of the heat sink with the most important role for the actual cooling.
|The contact plate||Asymmetrical design|
Cryorig H7 is manufactured with a perfectly milled C1100 pure copper with silver nickel coating contact plate with dimensions of 40 x 45 mm holding in line the 3 x Ø6mm nickel coated copper heat pipes arranged according to the Convex-Align™ system. A technology which allows more heat pipes to be installed in a given area by optimizing the heat pipe position in the copper base, and improve the alignment with the central processor unit. According to Cryorig with the heat pipe Convex-Align™ system, every single heat pipe functions with its maximum TDP capacity and delivers the best possible cooling performance. The overall TDP of the cooler is rated as 140W.
Also, in order to improve the compatibility of the cooler the heat pipes are bent from the center to one of the sides of the cooler which will locate the aluminum fin stack further away from DRAM slots and modules. In addition to that, the top of the pipes are hidden beneath black plastic caps to improve the appearance of the cooler.
And here comes one more interesting feature related to the contact plate. This cooler is equipped with the patent pending X-Bar quick mount system, designed to provide a quick and secure solution for both Intel and AMD platforms and to be permanently attached to the heat sink. The X-Bar system features a dedicated fiber glass augmented PBT back plate, to increase the tensile strength and to be more resistant to heat. Also, the back plate protects the motherboard from excessive stress that may come from the mounted heat sink, and also provides a solid base for easy, fast and secure installation.
And by mentioning the fin stack, let’s pay some attention to the heatsink’s structure.
|Side view||Front view|
Cryorig H7 offers an asymmetrical to the center of the cooler single tower heat sink with dimensions of 120(W) x 107(H) x 70(D) mm and featuring 40 x 0.4 mm thick aluminum fins with 2.2 mm fins gap. Of course, the cooler features the unique for the company Hive Fin structure, which combines the Jet Fin Acceleration System and Turbulence Reduction, which means that the fins are designed as a bee hive shaped structure (the loose air intake) on the front side, and normal horizontal position (high density exhaust section) on the back side of the tower. By utilizing a larger air intake and narrower air exhaust section on the fins the heat sink compresses the air and carry out the hot air out of the system faster and more efficiently.
And to improve the overall aesthetic of the cooler, the guys from Cryorig added a 41st fin, which is much thicker, made of plastic and is entirely in black located on top of the fins stack. Of course, in the middle there is the company logo.
I believe it is time to check what the provided in the package fan has to offer.
|The fan brackets||QF120 Balance fan|
The standard Cryorig H7 package offers just one QF120 balance fan with dimensions of L120 mm x W120 mm x H25.4 mm and weight of 134g featuring an entirely painted in black square frame and entirely painted in white propeller with 11 narrow, but with very sharply angled blades providing airflow level range of 49 CFM and static pressure level of 1.65 mmH2O, while operating at 330 ~ 1600 ±10 % revolutions per minute range with noise level range of 10 ~ 25 dBA. The connection between the frames and the propellers is done by a 4-pin PWM powered and regulated CRYORIG’s HPLN (High Precision Low Noise) bearing, which provides a stable and precise rotation eliminating excess vibration and noise. The motors of the fan also deliver ultra wide range of RPM settings, which allows to fine tune the fan speed directly through the BIOS settings of the motherboard.
And to install the fan I had to add the 2 metal clips to it and after that attach the fan to the front side of the heatsink.
And this is what the cooler looks like with the fan installed.
According to the official technical details the cooler can work with up to two fans for maximum cooling performance, which can be installed on the heatsink with the provided in the package 4 metal clips.
With the cooler fully assembled, let’s check the mounting kit and proceed with the tests. According to the official technical details, the cooler is compatible with:
- Intel sockets: LGA1156, LGA1155, LGA1151, LGA1150
- AMD sockets: AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+
Of course, for doing the tests with my rig I will use the universal brackets and as always, first thing to do is to check the AMD installation manual, read the instructions carefully and proceed with the actual cooler installation, which with this cooler is really a child’s play.
|All of the parts needed for AMD||The plastic tubes added|
To attach the cooler to the motherboard I had to place the four long bolts through the back plate and after that add the back plate to the back of the motherboard. To secure the back plate to the motherboard the four plastic tubes are needed, which when attached properly will perform a click sound.
And of course, the last step was to add thermal compound and secure the heat sink to the processor by placing the X-Bar system and fasten the four bolts from the back of the motherboard.
And this is what the heatsink looks like installed on the motherboard:
|Heatsink seen from the front/||Heatsink seen from the side|
As you can see from the pictures above, with the heatsink installed on the motherboard the cooler is not blocking any of the DRAM slots and can be used even with memories with taller heat spreaders.
And this is what the cooler looks like installed on the motherboard and inside the case ready for testing.
Since the cooler is installed and ready to face the tests I believe it is time to check my testing rig and continue the article.
Cryorig H7 TESTS
CPU: AMD APU A8-5600k
- At standard frequency of 3.600 MHz (at 1.304V)
- At low overclock frequency of 3.900 MHz (at 1.408V)
- At medium overclock frequency of 4.200 MHz (at 1.424V)
- At high overclock frequency of 4.500 MHz (at 1.440V)
Motherboard: ECS A85F2-A GOLDEN (V1.0)
Video card: integrated Radeon HD 7560D
Memory: 2 x 4GB Geil Black Dragon 2133 MHz
Hard drive: Seagate Barracuda ST3250620AS 250GB
Case: SilverStone Raven RV-05
Power supply: SilverStone Strider T60F-ESB
Cooler: Cryorig H7
Thermal paste: Noctua NT-H1 thermal compound
For this test and review I am going to use the standard QF120 balance fan working at full speed of 1600 revolutions per minute providing airflow level of 49CFM at noise level of 25 dB(A).
The tests were conducted in a closed system with:
- 2 x SilverStone AP181 – 180mm fans on the bottom panel putting fresh air in and spinning at about 1200 rpm
- Room temperature of about 20 degrees.
The SilverStone AP181 – 180mm fans were connected to the chassis 1 and system connectors and were rotating at maximum speed.
And here I want to describe my testing method.
I will install Cryorig H7 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 3.600 MHz (at 1.304V), at low overclock frequency of 3.900 MHz (at 1.408V), at medium overclock frequency of 4.200 MHz (at 1.424V) and high overclock frequency of 4.500 MHz (at 1.440V) using only the fan provided in the package, installed on the front of the fin stack.
Now let’s check out the test results:
|Cryorig H7 @3600MHz 1.304V||Cryorig H7 @3900MHz 1.408V|
|Cryorig H7 @4200MHz 1.424V||Cryorig H7 @4500MHz 1.440V|
All of the test results have been summed up in the following charts:
And the fan speed during the tests:
I believe the time to express my feelings and thoughts regarding the product has arrived.
Cryorig H7 CONCLUSIONS
1. Cryorig H7 performance:
I am pretty sure I spent more than enough time enjoying the Cryorig H7’s structure, features and cooling capabilities and I can say that this cooler is definitely made to satisfy all of the needs of the mainstream users. A cooler, which is capable to provide a stable and reliable cooling performance, while working at low noise level, packed in pretty small dimensions and not just that…
Throughout the tests the cooler itself handled keeping my processor working at all kinds of frequencies without any trouble, which made me think that it can handle keeping every modern mainstream processor working cool and stable at idle or under load at default or a bit overclocked frequencies. I can’t really recommend Cryorig H7 for the high end CPU models as the best cooling option just because the cooler is pretty small and definitely this is not its purpose. For the high end CPUs there are much bigger and better options in the company’s portfolio.
To confirm my previous statement, I also tried performing some tests with my AMD FX-8350 processor, but I am afraid the 3 heat pipes and the overall dimensions of the H7 cooler were just not enough. Anyway, for A8-5600k at 4 different overclock frequencies, this cooler was a pure overkill. Apart from that after the tests and when I left the fan to be automatically controlled by the motherboard through 90% of the time it was very, very quiet.
In addition, the compact dimensions of this cooler combined with the asymmetrical design make Cryorig H7 a great choice for small form factor PCs installed in middleATX, miniATX and mini ITX cases.
2. Cryorig H7 appearance:
Cryorig H7 delivers a very stylish and good looking appearance made of a shiny heatsink with a black fin on top of the cooler, combined with black/white fan which will definitely stay neutral to and fit in every modern entirely painted in black case or modding project. The cooler itself features a design which will not block anything around the socket such as DRAM, VGA slots or even the VRMs and will provide easier operation inside the case.
According to my review, I think that Cryorig H7 deserves the following award:
Official price (MSRP) for Cryorig H7: 34.50 Euro (excl. VAT) in Europe
Official warranty: 6 years with the extender warranty card
I thank Cryorig for the test sample.