CRYORIG Releases Official Statement Regarding Skylake PCB Concerns

Intel’s Skylake architecture is built on the 14nm manufacturing process and utilizes a thinner structure compared to previous generations which can make the chip flex under high pressure air coolers. When we originally covered this story,  there was some confusion about what high pressure actually refers to. Any flex or damage to Skylake CPUs is caused by hefty mounting hardware which pushes down onto the CPU with high pressure. It does not refer to liquid cooling with a high pressure pump. Nevertheless, this is a worrying development and seems to occur when a system is transported with the CPU cooler attached. As you might expect, manufacturers including Noctua, Rajintek, be quiet and more all conform to Intel’s recommendations. The latest company to clarify their position is CRYORIG, who sent a fairly length statement explaining the root cause and preventative measures they take:

“We at CRYORIG have the following information and statement to make, regarding the recent news and discussion regarding damaged PCB’s on Skylake CPU’s, which many in the industry believe is caused by abnormal heatsink mounting pressure during transportation of the PC system. First of all we want to assure users of CRYORIG products that currently no CRYORIG heatsinks have displayed this problem, either through media reports, third party sales channels or internal testing. CRYORIG heatsinks are fully compatible with socket 1151 processors, and follow specifications set forth by CPU manufacturers. But as a note of precaution we suggest users to lay their PC system flat (with the heatsink in a vertical position) whenever they are transporting their PC system.

Based on the information and testing reports we currently have at hand, although CRYORIG’s own products did not show this problem, we have derived the following suggestions and insight into the Skylake PCB damage problem. From our observation the cause of the bent/damaged PCB is caused by the combination of two factors.

A) High mounting pressure from the CPU heatsink mounting system, with no flexibility in the system.
B) Increased directional force created by the weight of the heatsink and movement of the PC chassis.

In the cases that have been reported by media, it holds true that these issues have only been observed in “Pre-Built” systems. These systems have the heatsink installed before shipping, which are subjective to both point A+B. Thus if a heatsink already has high mounting pressure with no system of flexibility, heavy weight and is tossed around during shipping, then the force of the heatsink is possible to bend at the softest point. In this case the softest point is the Skylake PCB.

What makes CRYORIG heatsinks safe?

In our own product line we have two different mounting systems. First is the MultiSeg on our heavier products, then there is the X-Bar and MultiSeg Light. The MultiSeg Quick Mount System uses a sturdy Medium Carbon Steel backplate. We chose the Medium Carbon Steel for it’s high tensile strength, which protects the mainboard from bending when using heavier heatsinks like the R1 or H5. In combination with a highly rigid backplate, the spring screw system is what provides the downwards-clamping mounting force. This combination of a tough frame and a relatively softer point of flexibility is the key to why CRYORIG products are not seen damaging the CPU PCB. When extra vector/directional force is exhibited on the heatsink (such as during transport), the softest point in the system always gives. In this case the spring screws will deform to absorb the extra external force, much like a suspension system.

In our lighter products, the X-Bar and MultiSeg Light mounting systems omit the rigid steel backplate for a 30% Fiber Glass PBT. The lighter weight of our H7/M9 and C7 heatsinks creates less stress on the mainboard, which is why the steel backplate is not needed. Also, using a Fiber Glass filled PBT has multiple benefits.

Material Modulus of Elasticity (The Higher the more Rigid)

  • 30% Fiber Glass PBT 15.0 GPa Max
  • Medium Carbon Steel 213.0 GPa Max

The Modulus of Elasticity for 30% Fiber Glass PBT is 15.0 GPa, while Medium Carbon Steel is 213 GPa. The combination of structural support and elasticity, allows these backplate system to still have a point of flexibility when extra force is exerted. The lighter weight of the product itself also makes it safer when directional force is exhibited.

In all, although caution should always be exhibited when transporting delicate electronics, we want our consumers to feel safe about their CRYORIG product. Our finely tuned mounting kits are safe to use. Moreover, stationary PC’s do not have anything to worry about either.”

This is a very detailed and reassuring statement which helps to understand how the flexing process can occur. According to the research so far, all failures have occurred during transportation. As a result, it is recommend to remove the CPU cooler, or lay the system flat when moving the system.

CRYORIG Releases The A-Series Hybrid Liquid CPU Coolers

CRYORIG initially unveiled the A-series hybrid liquid coolers about five months ago and while some smiled a bit about the idea, it’s a solid concept. CRYRIG took a normal closed loop liquid cooling system and added a twist in the form of an angled fan directly mounted on the CPU block.

You can very easily get heat-stagnation around the CPU area when you use liquid cooling, as there simply isn’t much airflow going past the area as there would be with air coolers. This is also a problem well-known to people like me that use test benches instead of closed cases and something one has to be careful of: there simply isn’t any normal airflow going over the system and as such, VRMs and memory placed around the CPU area can get very hot.

The CRYORIG A Series HLC is capable of lowering the temperatures of the components surrounding the CPU by up to 20%. This major drop in heat buildup effectively improves system stability, component lifespan and overall system temperatures.

The pump fan is 0 x 25mm and has a 1500-3000 RPM PWM controlled fan that matches the speed of the radiator fans. The CRYORIG A Series will come in three models based on radiator size: The A40 has a normal 240 mm radiator, the A40 Ultimate comes with a 240 mm by 1.5-inch thick radiator, and the A80 has a larger 280 mm radiator for 140mm fans.

Availability is set worldwide for mid to late November and the MSRP of the A40, A40 Ultimate and A80 is $100 USD, $110 USD and $120 USD (excl. VAT) respectably in North America, and 99,95 Euro, 109,95 Euro, 119,95 Euro (inc. VAT) in Germany/Europe.

CRYORIG Releases the M9i & M9a Ultra Compact Tower Coolers

Cryorig’s latest two CPU coolers are actually just one that comes in two version to suit either an Intel or an AMD socket design. The M9i is logically for Intel and the M9a is for AMD. Cryorig took all the things they’ve learned from their bigger models and applied them to this new and very compact tower cooler.

The M9’s slim design has the big advantage that there aren’t any compatibility issues with your RAM and PCIe slots. Both are completely free from the cooler and allow you to place and compatible item without risk. The M9 is only 87 mm long, 102mm wide and 124mm high, making it compatible with almost any mid-tower type chassis.

The mounted fan is a 92mm RPM model with a speed of 600 to 2200 RPM. It is able to push an airflow up to 48.4 CFM at a noise level up to 26.4dBa. The Cryorig M9 is still able to provide efficient cooling for CPUs with a TDP up to 120W.

Both the base and heat pipes are pure nickel-plated copper, which is rare in this budget oriented market. A lof of manufacturers are switching to cheaper base plates to keep the price down. Cryorig opted to go for the full deal here and provide a product they can be proud off. The three heat pipes are 6mm thick.

The choice to make separate options available for AMD and Intel users helps to keep the price down and bundle great. The Cryorig M9 is targeted for a global release during September, beginning in Japan, Taiwan, South-East Asia, and the US. The European markets will get the coolers a little later and should be able to get it in October. The MSRP is set to 26.99 USD (-VAT) in the USA and 26.99 Euro (-VAT) in Europe.

Cryorig H7 CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


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!

CRYORIG Presented IoT Enabled PSU

Let’s face it, most new PC hardware is just old shoes in new boxes, with improvements but still basically the same. But once in a while a new product comes along that has a nice twist and in this case it is a power supply.

CRYORIG displayed their newest idea at Computex, an Internet of Things (IoT) enabled power supply. The CRYORIG Pi is only a proof of concept so far and it is working and being demonstrated. The actual line of products is targeted for a release in 2016 with wattage ranging from 600 to +1000 Watts and 80 Plus Gold to Platinum certifications.

Internet of Things is gaining a lot of momentum at the moment and in short, these are smart devices that lets you control their actions from anywhere through remote connections. This is also the case for CRYORIGS new Pi power supply that will allow you to wake or shut your system down remotely thanks to the patent pending Zero Hassle Hardware Wake (ZHH Wake) technology that directly controls your motherboard.

Forgot to shut down your system before you left home, do it from anywhere. Need to boot up your extra file server and access some data from a remote location, no problem. Read in the news that a thunderstorm is closing on your home, shut down the system until it has passed. There are a lot of possibilities with this technology.

From this base CRYORIG’s Pi line can extend further capabilities such as fan speed control, energy usage recording and management, electric bill estimations as well as PSU health and deterioration reporting all directly to a mobile phone app.

This is a pretty cool and innovative idea, let us just hope that it will actually result in a final product and not end up never being released such as Captherms Multiphase cooler we saw at CES two years in a row – but never any actual product.

Cryorig Booth @ Comptutex 2015

 

Computex 2015: Cryorig is quickly earning an impressive reputation for themselves. They may be a relatively new player in the market, but as you can see from the products below, they’ve got a growing portfolio of impressive products.

First up, their prototype PSU, which is more a proof of concept for now. A Digital PSU which can be operated and tuned via your mobile phone.

Their latest range of coolers, which look great in any colour, but having that choice of colours is a welcome thing for those who love to get their components to match.

Cryorig don’t make motherboards, but you can see a range of popular motherboards from the likes of Gigabyte and ASUS, to name but a few, and how their new coolers match the colour schemes of each.

Their new A40 water cooler, which will be hitting the market this year. It uses a 280mm radiator and an AIO design, but there’s also a fan on the pump which helps cool the block and the motherboard more efficiently, very cool!

The C7 is tiny, but it packs a huge amount of metal and heatpipes into its compact design. I’m really looking forward to testing this out later this year, as it looks to be a very promising low-profile solution.

Cryorig are also making a big push with their thermal pastes, pretty self explanatory, but again, we’re expecting great performance from this new range.

CRYORIG Reveal New a Series AIO Hybrid Liquid Coolers

Not every product is made the same, even tho it might have the same purpose and general purpose as others. Cryorig’s new All-in-One CPU cooler is a great example on this and it’s actually quite the clever design.

Liquid cooling is great for the components that actually are cooled by the units, but it leaves out the parts next to it that otherwise would have benefited from the generated air-flow.

To combat this and start the circulation in your system, Cryorig added an extra circulation fan to the pump area, combining the best of the two worlds.


Heat imaging shows a drastic drop of over 10° Celsius in regions of the surrounding Voltage Regulator Modules, RAM and even the GPU card can benefit from added airflow from CRYORIG’s patent pending proprietary Airflow Circulator fan.

The Airflow Circulator fan can be removed and attached in reverse along with adjusting your CPU water block allows users to choose which way they want the Airflow Circulator to point at, be it RAM, GPU or VRM areas. The Airflow Circulator is a 3.000 RPM PWM control enabled 70 mm fan, that intelligently adjusts its RPM based on CPU temperature.

Cryorig A40/A40 Ultimate

  • Supports: Intel 2011(v3), 1366, 115x, AMD FM1/FM2, AM2/AM2+, AM3/AM3+
  • Cold Plate: Copper Micro Fin
  • Radiator Size: 240 x 120 x 25mm (A40)/ 240 x 120 x 38mm (A40 Ultimate)
  • Fan: Dual 120 x 25mm 2.200 RPM PWM

Cryorig A80

  • Supports : Intel 2011(v3), 1366, 115x, AMD FM1/FM2, AM2/AM2+, AM3/AM3+
  • Cold Plate: Copper Micro Fin
  • Radiator Size: 280 x 120 x 25mm
  • Fan: Dual 140 x 25mm 1.850 RPM PWM

CYRORIG’s new A Series HLC units will be available sometime during the Summer.

CRYORIG Releases the H5 Ultimate CPU Cooler

Air cooling is still used in most systems despite the ever-growing user base for liquid all in one solutions, and CRYORIG has just released their newest take on a CPU cooler. The new CRYORIG H5 Ultimate is built on the foundation of the popular CRYORIG H5, but kicks it up a notch with a bigger fan and higher TDP rating.

The new H5 Ultimate is using the larger XF140 fan that increases the TDP from 160 to 180 Watt and putting the proprietary Hive Fin system to work. The XF140’s airflow rating comes in at 76 CFM, which is around 17% more than the smaller H5 Universal. This kind of cooling performance is more than enough for almost all modern CPU platforms.

The H5 Ultimate features the acclaimed MultiSeg mounting system and fin structure with turbulence reduction system that makes it the strongest single tower solution CRYORIG has up to date and one well worth considering in my opinion. The black top plate for the heatsink gives the CPU cooler a great finish.

The H5 Ultimate is scheduled to be released this summer with an MSRP set at $46.99 USD in North America and €39.99 Euros in Germany. Other regions may vary in price and availability.

CRYORIG H5 Universal CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


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!

Cryorig Unveils H7 CPU Cooler

Cryorig is a relative new player on the cooling market only being around for a little over a year, but it’s a company built by seasoned people. Now Cryorig has presented their second model in the H series after presenting us with the Cryorig H5 a couple of months ago. Now it’s time to make room for the Cryorig H7 CPU Cooler.

When we say make room, that’s of course a figure of speech as the H7 comes with zero ram interference and a total height of 145mm that should make it fit most mid-towers. As the H5, the H7 is also built upon the HiveFin technology, a design that allows for a combination of Jet Fin Acceleration and Turbulence Reduction while strengthening the structural strength of the fin stacks at the same time.

At the same time, the H7 introduces the new line of 120 mm QF120 PWM fans built with Cryorig’s proprietary Quad Air Inlet that is a system of four aerodynamic intake holes strategically placed on the four corners of the frame to increase the total air output. The new QF120 fans will also be released separately shortly after the H7 as Silent, Balanced, and Performance models. The Balanced version with the maximum fan speed of 1.600 rpm is the one included with the H7.

A really cool thing Cryorig is providing for their current models is the compatibility tester that you can download and fold origami style. Hold it onto your motherboard or into your chassis and instantly see if the clearance is enough for your components.

Thanks to Cryorig for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Cryorig

Cryorig Unviels Their Massive H5 Universal Tower Heatsink

Cryorig has unveiled its latest cooling solution, the H5 Universal tower heatsink, boasting the Hive Fin design that allows for turbulence reduction of airflow, as well as the Jet Fin Acceleration used for faster hot air exhaust.

The manufacturer states that the H5, which is similar to the high-class R1 Universal, will be equipped with Cryorig’s XT140 slim profile fan for zero ram interference on Intel and AMD platforms and fits perfectly in the mainstream range of cooling solutions.

The H5 Universal tower heatsink uses the XL Surface Area, having its surface area extended to the back, achieving the best cooling ration compared to other dual-tower coolers and heatsinks. Also, with a height of just 160 mm, it is stated that the cooling solution will fit perfectly into almost any mainstream PC chassis rig.

Four pure copper heatpipes having 6 mm in diameter form the heatsink, while the nickel-plated baseplate consists out of pure solid copper and uses the Heatpipe Convex-Align technology which focus the heatpipes on the center of the CPU.

Cryorig is said to be introducing the industry’s first step-by-step video guide, helping users easily install their cooling solution correctly and effortlessly. The animated guide is said to be separated into individual steps for easy viewing and access, allowing users to watch and repeat each step as required. The guide is said to also be available for mobile devices through Cryorig’s website.

The H5 Universal tower heatsink is said to be released in August in Asia and September in North America and Europe, having Cryorig stating a €34,00 / $46,99 recommended price tag for the cooling solution.

Thank you Guru3D for providing us with this information
Images courtesy of Guru3D