Cryorig are back on eTeknix once again today and I welcome them with open arms after their last product, the H5, walked away with our Innovation Award. Cryorig may be fairly new to the cooling market, but they’ve already got off to a great start thanks to their sleek designs and competitive prices. We even stopped by their booth at Computex to see what else they had to offer and things certainly looked promising for the brand.
The H7 certainly ticks a lot of boxes; support for most major socket types and limitless ram clearance are always welcome features.
The packaging is really nicely designed, giving the H7 a premium quality straight away.
In the box, you’ll find a universal backplate, fan retention clips, the manual, high quality thermal grease and interestingly, only four screws and four spacers for the mounting kit, suggesting a very simple installation process.
The cooler comes with a fan pre-installed out of the box, so the extra clips in the box are for adding an extra fan should you want to use a push-pull configuration. The fan is of a very good quality and looks stunning with those white fan blades and that colourful CR sticker in the middle. The fan also comes with anti-vibration rubber pads on all four corners, on both sides of the fan.
The fin stack is very well made, with their proprietary Hive Fin structure at the front, the fins change shape as they pass through the fin stack to create Jet Fin Acceleration and Turbulence Reduction. Cryorig says this will improve performance, as well as provide structural strength to the cooler. From handling it and inspecting it, I have to agree, the cooler does feel pretty robust and looks very well made.
There are three heat pipes in the H7, fitted with a U-shape design to give us three vertical pipes on each side of the cooler.
There is a black top plate and the pipes have been capped, further adding to the premium look and feel of the H7.
The cooler comes with the X-Bar quick mount system, which will allow for incredibly quick and easy installation and removal of the cooler.
With the brackets in this position, the cooler supports AMD.
Simply twist them into the next position and they support Intel; very easy!
The backplate is simple enough, just pop it in place and slot the four long screws through the appropriate holes.
The four plastic spacers simply push down onto the screws, holding them firmly in place.
Then it’s simply a case of using a screwdriver on the long screws we put through the back plate to fix them into the built-in retention brackets on the cooler. This is by far one of the easiest cooling mounts I’ve ever worked with.
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 Kingston 1866Mhz DDR3
- 128GB Kingston HyperX SSD
- 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 watercooling 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
In all these graphs we may have a few “reference” results of particular products that do not fit within that category for comparative purposes.
I wasn’t expecting incredible performance from this cooler, it has great features, but it’s still pretty small at the end of the day. What is nice to see, is it’s a few degrees cooler than the Cryorig H5, it also sits comfortably between a couple of more expensive water coolers, such as the X31 and the CM 140XL, so it’s certainly respectable performance overall.
Noise levels on this cooler are about average, you can hear it, but not to the point where I would ever call it an issue. Not loud, but not whisper quiet either.
Now this was impressive, again, it’s not really that spectacular compared to some of the high-end water coolers, but it’s broke up that trilogy of be quiet! coolers, which is certainly something to be proud of given this coolers size. Again, we also see that it’s beaten out the Cryorig H5 in overclocking performance, as it did in stock performance.
Barely a creep in noise levels, although our charts round-up or down to the nearest whole digit, the recorded was 41.1dBa at stock and 41.5dBa overclocked; you’re likely to never notice it go louder at all and that’s very impressive, as it’s sitting only 0.5dBa above three very quiet be quiet! coolers.
The Cryorig H7 proved hard to find in most popular retailers here in the UK, fortunately, I managed to track at least one down from Alternate.co.uk for a very impressive £25.49. Those in the US can get it for an equally impressive $34.50 from Newegg.
I’m amazed by this cooler, it’s design and performance are pushing way above what I would expect for this price range. This is a seriously wallet friendly cooler, it’s pennies more than the ever popular CPU cooler “standard” for system builders, the Cooler Master Hyper 212. Yet as much as I have love and appreciation for the Hyper 212, this cooler looks better, performs better, runs quieter and is just all round better. Of course, that’s no big surprise, the 212 has been on the market for ages now.
Build quality is superb on the Cryorig H7, you can see it in the pictures alone that this is a premium looking product and from my experience with it, it feels like a premium product too. The fan looks great, the hive fin stack is a cool feature, the heat-pipe design is very effective and the size of the cooler doesn’t conflict with your RAM modules. Then you’ve got the super easy to use X-Bar Quick Mount System; the easiest CPU cooler mount I’ve ever used.
A lot of thought has gone into this cooler and it shows, respectable performance, stunning design and a price tag that won’t hurt your wallet. Easily one of the best coolers on the market and I hope to see ever greater things from Cryorig in the not too distant future.
- Great aesthetics
- Easy to install/remove
- Respectable cooling/acoustic performance
- Ram compatibility
- Limited retail availability
“The Cryorig H7 is by far one of my all time favourite coolers. It’s not the coolest, nor is it the quietest, but when it comes to getting a great return on investment, you’ll struggle to find anything better for less. Those on a tight budget who need a reliable and great looking cooler, this is the one to buy!”
Thank you Cryorig for providing us with this sample.