CRYORIG is a relatively new name in regards to cooling products and most of you won’t have seen the R1 Ultimate that was released last year. It was quite an impressive product especially as it was their first, however, it wasn’t very common in the UK. Most of the people from CRYORIG have previously worked for other large companies such as Phanteks and Thermalright so they do have a lot of experience even though they only officially founded in 2013. We hope that this experience isn’t wasted and that they bring us some more products that can bring even more competition to the cooling market.
CRYORIG have released two new coolers, the H5 and the H7. We have them both ready for our test bench and the first one we are going to look at is the CRYORIG H5 Universal.
The Box for the CRYORIG H5 is quite simple yet effective, it is a large picture of the cooler against a white background. It is clean, simplistic and a really nice design, it has product information on the sides of the boxes as well as links to their website which is actually very good. It has video tutorials on how to install the cooler as well as everything else you would expect to find.
Inside the outer box, we get this second box that protects the cooler and fan entirely. This is some excellent packaging from CRYORIG and shows how much they want to make sure the customer gets their product in good condition. It’s always nice to see products that are well packaged as if they care enough to pay for the extra, generally they will have the same mentality elsewhere.
Other information that can be found on the box includes the specification. What isn’t shown on our spec below is the socket compatibility. This cooler supports the following sockets – 2011, 1366, 1150, 1155, 1156, 775, FM1/2, AM2+ and AM3+. This means it fits all of the popular sockets that we will see on the current market.
Inside the box we get a nice bunch of fittings to allow us to mount the CPU cooler, the fittings are for both AMD and Intel. What is really useful is the really long screwdriver that is at the top of the following picture. This allows you to install the cooler without any problems as you do need to put the cooler through the central holes. This is an excellent idea and it shows that CRYORIG have certainly thought about the end-user.
With the H5 we get a XT140 fan, this is an all-black fan with the CRYORIG logo in the center. It is interesting to see that this fan is 140mm x 140mm x 13mm. Yup, that’s right, its 13mm thick, this means that the overall width of the cooler is kept to less than 100mm meaning it shouldn’t cover any ram slots.
The actual cooler is beautiful, the CRYORIG design department deserve a pat on their backs, it’s gorgeous. It has a range of design features that we will look at in a moment, but as a whole package it just looks amazing. Sleek, clean, simplistic, beautiful; I think you get the picture!
The top of the cooler has a white plastic cover to hide any unsightly heat pipes. This is a nice change from most coolers and actually suits the cooler perfectly, the bottom of the cooler has matching covers to ensure that it looks universal.
Something else worth mentioning is CRYORIGs “Hive Fin” technology, again this looks great, but it is there to increase performance. CRYORIG claim that these fins compress the air making it move through the fins faster and increasing the rate that the heat moves away from the CPU. This is the first time I have seen this kind of technology so it will be interesting to see if it works as they say.
The contact plate for this cooler is nickel-plated copper and this along with the 4 heat pipes will help to ensure the heat is taken from the CPU and moved into the fins and then removed by the fan.
The installation method for this cooler is excellent. It is probably one of the easiest towers I have ever fitted. They use a patent pending “MultiSeg” quick mount system. This consists of a back plate that you add to the motherboard, you then just add 2 mounting bars and screw the 2 mounting screws that are already connected to the cooler into these bars. Below is a picture of the screws connected to the cooler which ensures you won’t lose them and as CRYORIG have included a 15cm screwdriver they are easily accessible; you should have this cooler fitted in minutes.
One of the big issues that people have with large coolers is that they usually overhang RAM slots meaning that you generally have to use low profile RAM. Due to the 13mm fan on this cooler though, there is no such worry, you have plenty of room to use large RAM such as Corsair Dominator Platinum.
So, we have seen how this product looks, let’s see how it performs!
Test System and Methodology
We always use the same test system and tests with CPU coolers that we compare against each other. The full specifications of our test system are as follows:
- ASUS P8Z77-V, LGA 1155 socket, Z77 chipset
- Intel Core i5 3570K with Gelid GC Extreme under the IHS
- 16gb HyperX Genesis 1600mhz ram
- Antec High Current Gamer 620W
- Cooler Master Test Bench v1.0
- We always use Gelid GC Extreme thermal paste to make sure testing reveals the efficiency of the tested coolers not the efficiency of the bundled thermal paste.
- Prime 95 is run for 10 minutes and then the average maximum temperatures as recorded by CPUID HWMonitor are noted
- The average temperature across the four cores is taken on our quad-core processor
- Fans are mostly left to operate at default PWM profile speeds and with maximum fan speed for reference.If PWM functions are not supported then fixed fan speeds are used and sometimes a low noise adapter if appropriate/provided. If fixed fan speeds or low noise adapters are used it will be clearly pointed out either on the graphs or in the write-up.
- All default result entries on graphs are for PWM performance unless otherwise specified. A variety of fan speed results are done for a particular product review and then removed from the graphs in future reviews of other products to avoid clutter. If you would like to see more fan speed results for a particular product please check its individual review.
- For water cooling tests all pumps have been operated at 12 volts directly from the power supply
- Delta temperatures are always used (Observed temperature minus ambient temperature) and we keep the ambient at 22 (+/- 1) degrees for all testing. Delta temperatures should correct for any marginal ambient differences between 21-23 degrees.
- Acoustic measurements are taken 10cm horizontally away from the CPU cooler with the VGA fan disabled, hard drive in idle and power supply isolated. These are taken at desktop idle and Prime95 load.
- The cooling performance tests are run at stock 3.4GHz (with Intel Turbo up to 3.8GHz) and overclocked 4.5GHz (1.35v) settings. Voltages are fixed to prevent inaccuracy between comparisons.
- All other coolers in the graphs have been tested under identical settings so are fully comparable.
- Each test is repeated 3 times with 3 remounts for consistency of results
- There is approximately a 1 degree Celsius margin of error in our temperature recording software CPUID HW Monitor
- There is approximately a 1.5dBA margin of error with our Benetech GM1351 decibel meter
CRYORIG have obviously spent a lot of time on the design of this product and have really shown they are looking out for the customer, but let’s see how it performs.
At stock with the processor under 100% load we see temps of 33 degrees. This is actually in the bottom half of our table but when we look at the coolers that are above it we can see a lot of AIO coolers and dual fan coolers. It isn’t a cooler that particularly wows at stock, but it is certainly acceptable.
When overclocked it stays pretty much where it is on our table, this time with a 48 degree delta temp at 100% load, again, it doesn’t particularly surprise us with an amazing performance, but it is perfectly acceptable. Your CPU won’t have any problems at all under these temperatures and for such a thin fan I think it is quite impressive.
When we get out our decibel reader, we can see that the cooler is very quiet and the 140mm fan doesn’t make much noise at all. The Hive Fin technology doesn’t create any extra noise when the air passes through it and we see that the cooler is in the top half of our graph.
Even when we have our CPU overclocked to 4.5ghz the cooler is still almost silent. A Db reading of only 42 is excellent. Ok it might mean we sacrifice some of the cooling performance, but for those who want a very pretty cooler as well as quiet this is certainly one to consider.
The CRYORIG H5 Universal hasn’t really made it to the UK yet with a quick look around only showing Ebuyer.com selling it for £39.99. CRYORIG have said that their RRP is around €34,00 / $46,99 so if we see this cooler in more stores I think the price will settle a little lower than it currently is. At £39.99 there are coolers that do outperform the H5, but I don’t think that there are many that look as good and if the price ends up lower I think this will be a serious contender in the cooling market.
Even though CRYORIG are relatively new to the market, they are ticking a lot of boxes when it comes to the H5 Universal. It looks amazing with its white plastic covers and the Hive Fin technology and the thin fan means that you can use it with any RAM you like.
Installation is a breeze and it performs adequately. I am struggling to find anything particularly wrong with this cooler at all, the only real downside is that it doesn’t outperform the higher priced coolers, but this is to be expected when you have a lot of AIOs and enthusiast coolers.
CRYORIG are obviously thinking about their customers, ensuring that they are getting the best possible experience from their products by packaging the product in not only one, but two boxes and then also giving you the tools you will need to install it. It’s refreshing to see a company come out of the starting blocks running and not falling at the first hurdle. If you are looking for a reasonably priced, good looking cooler and weren’t looking to use any crazy overclocks I think this would be one of my choices.
I have given this the “Innovation Award” as it really is hard to bring something new to a product range such as coolers, yet CRYORIG have managed it in more than one area.
- Excellent build quality
- Great aesthetics
- Very simple to install
- Well packaged
- Doesn’t cool as well as some similarly priced units
“The CRYORIG H5 Universal is a work of art, it looks clean, sleek and sophisticated as well as performing to a good standard. It has obviously been made with care and attention and every detail has been thought of. It is refreshing to see such a different product in today’s market.”
Thank you CRYORIG for providing us with this sample.