Introduction

Cryorig was founded in 2013. They are relatively a new brand and it took some time for them in making but they are catching up quicker than ever and their products are gaining wide welcome and appreciation. They are all about making the coolest rig possible. Let me add a bit into it by saying that stylish cooling rig possible. That is correct. Their coolers are nothing like a typical industrial looking design but they are different not in terms of the design but also overall aesthetics and appeal of the products. Their coolers like H7 and R1 Universal are quite popular among budget users and enthusiasts respectively. They are also producing CLC though I have yet to review them. Earlier, I had reviewed their R1 Ultimate and like the name suggests, it is Ultimate in thermal performance and right on the money.

Today, I will be looking at their budget level but highly popular CPU cooler the H7. The Cryorig has recently released the upgraded (in terms of aesthetics) version of this cooler named H7 Quad Lumi with RGB bells and whistles to it. The H7 is a 120mm heatsink, single tower featuring their Hive Fin design for better and quicker cooling, optimized heat pipe coverage using the convex alignment of the heat pipes in the base, and unparalleled 0 RAM incompatibility. The cooler has the height of 145mm and it is compatible with the majority of the PC Chassis out there in the market. Going this route, the Cryorig is targeting the majority of the users in the overall market. How will it perform and will it be able to calm the nerves of the hot chip from the Intel aka 7700k? Let’s find out.

  • Product:              Cyrorig H7
  • Type:                   CPU Cooler
  • Category:            Air Cooler
  • Price:                  $ 34.99 / Rs. 4699 [At the time of the review]

Specifications

Packaging and Unboxing

The cooler comes in a traditional Cryorig cardboard box packaging. The top side is in white color with Cryorig brand name embossed in silver color. Their tag line, “Research idea gear” is printed under the brand name. This was a media sample hence a small sticker on the top left side mentioning it.

The front side has a picture of the cooler printed all over it. The brand name is printed in white color on the top left side. The feature sum of the Cryorig H7 is printed on the bottom side.

The left side of the box is in plain white color with H7 printed in enlarged and bold on it.

The right side of the box has mentioned three salient features of the cooler like Hive Fin design, Zero Interference, Infinite RAM compatibility and ease of installation within 4 minutes.

The backside of the box has the specifications of the cooler printed on the lower section. The upper section has diagrams of the cooler specifying the dimensions of the heatsink. Compatibility with respect to the sockets in Intel and AMD are printed on the bottom section.

The bottom side of the box has the company’s website printed on it with the info label on the center and Disclaimer on the opposite side. The cooler is made in China.

Opening the top cover will reveal another cover in light blue background. Users can register their product with the Cryorig to receive an extended 3 years warranty in addition to the prime customer support and exclusive VIP Members prize draws.

Taking off the light blue flap would reveal the contents of the box. There is a black color top side cover on the border of the box inlet. The cooler is well placed in the middle. There are two cardboard boxes in brown color on the left and the right sides of the cooler. One has the accessories inside. The fan is preinstalled on the heatsink.

Accessories

The cooler comes with a plethora of accessories which enable the users to install the cooler without worrying about any additional requirement. The user manual is well laid out and pictures are elaborative to help the installation process. Accessories include:

  • Backplate for Intel/AMD
  • 4x long screws
  • 4x black color spacers
  • 2x metal fan clips
  • Cryo Paste
  • Product Registration Card
  • User Manuals

Closer Look

The Cryorig H7 is a budget level CPU Cooler yet designed for efficiency and performance. The H7 features Cryorig’s proprietary Hive Fin and QF120 120mm PWM fan for a highly efficient and compatible package. It is a 120mm heatsink, single tower with a height of 145mm which enables it to be fitted in the majority of the PC Chassis out there in the market. Let’s take a closer look on the cooler.

The cooler has the dimensions of 98mm x 123mm x 145mm (L x W x H). In height perspective, this cooler has a slim profile. The top side of the cooler is what makes it differentiated from the rest of the competition. Unlike typical industrial design where the heat pipes are terminated right out of the top fin, there is a black color plastic cover, covering the entire top side. Points, where the heat pipes are terminated, have caps on them which are raised above the normal surface area of the top cover. The Cryorig brand logo is printed in silver color on the middle of the plate. There is hole going all the way down to the base of the heatsink. This is provided to loosen/tighten the screw holding the X-Bar. This would enable the user to adjust the X-Bar to align the holes on it with the predrilled holes on the motherboard around the CPU socket. The black color adds to the neutrality of the looks and enables the cooler to be used in any color theme.

The front side has a 120mm QF120 fan preinstalled using metal fan clips. Taking off the fan reveals the beehive-shaped structure on the front side. This structure almost reflects the honeycomb design. There are total of 40 fins stacked together forming a beehive shape.

This design allows for a combination of Jet Fin Acceleration™ and Turbulence Reduction, as well as strengthening structural strength of the fin stacks. The idea behind this Hive Fin design is 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™ carries the hot air out of the system faster and more efficiently which enables better cooling performance. Utilizing a beehive-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.  Fins are made of aluminum.

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 the CPU heatsink and more air exchanged for the PC Chassis.

The backside of the heatsink has fins stacked together in a traditional CPU cooler’s design. There are 40 fins on the backside. They are stacked much narrower than the beehive design on the front side with much wider stacking. Fins are made of aluminum. There are cutouts on the far end sides of the backside fin stack. The gap between the fins is 2.2mm.

The left and the right sides of the heatsink are symmetrical in design. The fins are more covered towards the rear side of the heatsink. This helps in maximum air exhaust on the backside narrower fin stack. While there is not much covering near the front side of the heatsink.

This cooler features 3 heat pipes each of 6mm. They are nickel plated soldered in the heatsink and the base of the cooler. If you look closely these heat pipes are implemented in a convex manner. This is H7’s Heatpipe Convex-Align™ System that allows for more heat pipes in a given area, optimized heat pipe placement in the copper base, and improved alignment with the CPU. With the Heatpipe Convex-Align™ System, each heat pipe functions to their maximum TDP capacity. One of the three heat pipes on each side goes farther inside the heatsink aligning to the mid-section of the other two heat pipes. This allows for maximum coverage of the fin stack which would help to utilize more surface area for better heat dissipation.

This cooler has a copper base plate measuring 33mm x 39mm x 0.6mm. The heat pipes are soldered into the copper base. The copper base has a large block fitted on top of it where the X-Bar mechanism is mounted. There is a safety sticker pasted on the cooler which reminds the user to peel it off before installing the cooler.

The 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 fiberglass 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 the fast and the secure installation.

The two bars are mounted in an X design with edges facing opposite to each other. They are held together with a screw which can loosen/tighten using a long screwdriver from the top side of the cooler. I ran into a problem to operate that screw as I did not have that long screwdriver. Inclusion of a screwdriver in a package would be nice. Both bars can be completely taken off but don’t do that as mounting them again can be challenging.

This cooler is implemented in an offset design. This approach results in maximum compatibility for the RAM. As the cooler is not compatible with the Intel LGA-2011(3) socket so we have truly infinite RAM compatibility. The Cryorig refers to this Implementation as an asymmetric slanted heat pipe layout.

The Cryorig has supplied a QF120 fan with the cooler. Fan’s dimensions are 120mm x 120mm x 25.4mm. Weighing 134gm, it has rated speed of 330~1600 RPM with the noise levels of 10~25dBA and 49CFM airflow. Air pressure rating is 1.65 mmH2O. It takes 0.16Amps with DC 12V. It has a 4-pin PWM connector. The cable is braided in the black color sleeve and has a length of approx. 320mm including the connector.

The frame of the fan is in black color while the blades are in white color. There are 11 blades of the fan. The central hub a nice Cryorig sticker pasted on it with borders in different colors. The fan mount locations on all the four corners have rubber padding to reduce the noise of the vibration. The airflow and the fan spin directions are clearly indicated with the arrow marks on the frame side.

The backside of the fan shows the 4-arm structure holding the fan blades. This structure is built right into the frame of the fan. Fan’s maximum speed in terms of the RPM is printed on the top. The Cryorig website address is printed on the bottom.

Installation

Despite what the Cryorig states about the quick mount and ease of installation mechanism for this cooler, I found it to be tedious. It is easier if the motherboard is already installed inside the chassis but for guys like us who are tech reviewers and are using test bench setups, this installation is challenging. The motherboard that I am using on my second test bench is the Asus Z170-P being powered by the Intel 7700k.

The first thing in the installation is to pass through the long screws through the backplate’s middle holes on each of the four corners. This hole is labeled as B and is intended for the LGA socket 115x. Refer to the user manual for more details. The backplate should be placed on the backside of the motherboard in such a manner that Intel side faces up.

Next, put the plastic black color spacers on each of the screws from the front side of the motherboard. The long screws have raised portion on their lower end. They are designed as such to hold the spacers tucked into them. This will avoid the backplate slipping apart completely.

Now comes the tricky part. Loosen the screw on the X-Bar right above the cooler’s base. Don’t loosen it too much. With both bars being flexible, move them so that the holes on the bars align with the pre-drilled holes on the motherboard around the CPU socket. Once done, tighten the central screw on the bars to fix them in that position. Apply the thermal paste on the CPU. Now, place the cooler on the CPU HIS such that the long screws coming from the backside of the motherboard make point of contact with the bars on their holes. Hold the cooler gently and start screwing in the long screws from the backside of the motherboard. It is highly advised to use a diagonal pattern to better mount the cooler. Do that till the thread on each screw runs out. Attach the fan with the cooler and connect the 4-Pin PWM connector on CPU fan header or any fan header of your choice. This cooler can be used in Push/Pull configuration for which an additional set of fan clips is provided by the Cryorig.

Compatibility and Clearance

When it comes to the air coolers, we need to ensure the compatibility with respect to the Chassis, the RAM and the first PCIe lane. With just 145mm height, the Cryorig H7 has a high level of compatibility all around for the majority of the PC Chassis in the market. Not only that, but the offset design implementation has made this cooler to have infinite RAM compatibility. I did not see any incompatibility with respect to the first PCIe lane.

Test Bench

Following test bench was used to test the cooler:

  • Intel i7 7700k [Thanks to the PCFanatics]
  • Asus Z170-P [Thanks to the PCFanatics]
  • Corsair 2x8GB Vengeance Red LED @ 2666MHz
  • HyperX 120GB SSD
  • Thermaltake TP DPS RGB 750W PSU

Asus Realbench 2.44 and the RealTemp 3.70 are used for the stress test and the temperature monitoring. The Noctua NT-H1 thermal paste is used to test all the coolers on my test benches. This helps ensure the standardization and to reduce the effect of any bundled thermal paste that could benefit the performance.

Methodology

First, the cooler is tested on the stock clocks i.e 4.2GHz at manual 1.16V Vcore. The average of the core temps is calculated to provide the temps at idle and under the load. The ambient temps are subtracted from these temperature readings to give the delta temps. My graphs report the delta temps. This helps in an uncontrolled environment to mitigate the temperature variation.

Next, the CPU is overclocked to 4.7GHz using manual 1.22V VCore. Three runs of the stress test program are carried out. Each of 60 minutes duration with 15 minutes idling time in between. The average of each run is separately taken and the highest reading of the three tests is used. Ambient temperatures are subtracted from the selected average temperature reading and delta temperature is reported on the graph.

Let’s take a look at the results.

Results

On stock clocks i.e 4.2GHz [fixed], the Cryorig H7’s max temp was 41.85C [delta temp]. The Reeven Hans performed well and max temp was on it was 38.2C [delta temp].

CPU was overclocked to 4.7GHz. The Cryorig H7’s max temp was 51.25C while the Reeven Hans did a fine job again by maxing out at 49.6C. Not bad performance at all from a budget cooler.

I am not checking the acoustic of the fans due to uncontrolled environmental noise but based on my experience in testing the fans, the fan on the Cryorig H7 was near silent and did not produce any discomfort during the testing session.

Conclusion

The Cyorig H7 is a 120mm single design heatsink air cooler with maximum compatibility built around the cooler. The cooler has the dimensions of L98 x W123 x H145mm with just 577g the weight. The cooler has three heat pipes each of 6mm and they are nickel plated. The base is C1100 pure copper in nickel plating. The rated TDP of the cooler is 140W so it is definitely capable of handling the hot chips.

The Cryorig has used the Bee Hive Fin design on this cooler which is a combination of the Jet Fin Acceleration and the Turbulence Reduction technology. We have 40 nickel plated fins. The front side has Bee Hive fins for maximum air intake while the rear side has narrow fins stacked together. The idea behind this Hive Fin design is by utilizing a larger air intake and narrower air exhaust section on the fins compresses the air to move faster while exiting the heatsink.

The Cyrorig has provided a QF120 fan which has RPM rating of up to 1600, the noise level of up to 25dBA, and 49 CFM. The fan is well equipped to handle the job. It draws 0.16Amps with 12V DC. The cooler has the Cyrorig’s 3 years of extended warranty.

Let’s conclude it.

Pros:

  • Compact Size Cooler
  • Zero RAM Incompatibility
  • TDP rating of 140W
  • Performance is right on the money
  • 3 Years Extended Warranty
  • Excellent Acoustic Performance

Cons:

  • Cumbersome installation method

With $34.99 spending one can have a stylish yet good performing CPU cooler with the highest compatibility out of the box. The design speaks for itself and the Cryorig H7 has won our Recommended award.

I am thankful to the Cryorig and PakDukaan for giving me the opportunity to review their H7. I am also thankful to the PCFanatics for their timely help in sorting out the motherboard and the CPU for my test bench.

Tech4Gamers Recommended Award