Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
When it comes to the typical air cooler, there are basic components that make a very big difference in the overall efficiency of a product. For instance, adding more fins to the stack, or even using thicker fins can boost efficiency quite a bit. There is usually an option to add more heat pipes, or you could figure out how to use larger ones in some way, or even a vapor chamber if you are so inclined. You could also increase performance by simply opting for a fan with more CFM and static pressure. But what if you are trying to build a lower profile tower CPU cooler that may be used in a HTPC, or any other environments where adding a louder fan just won't do? Well, Cryorig found the answer to that question.
Recently, Cryorig delivered one of the most impressive designs that we have seen in some time, the Cryorig H7. We have been around long enough to see many of the tricks used to boost the design of a tower cooler, but we have never seen anything along the lines of what Cryorig is offering here. While Cryorig's new cooler may look typical at first glance, under closer inspection, it's apparent there is much more to the cooler than originally perceived.
Cryorig has done a few things to maximize the Cryorig H7's efficiency. First and foremost, Cryorig has created Hive Fin technology, where the leading edges of the fins are bent into a honeycomb pattern. As the air flows through this section of the cooler, the design squeezes down in size, increasing air-flow as kinking a hose would do to water. Also, when it comes to the base of the H7, Cryorig opted for a copper plate. Additionally, Cryorig has arranged the pipes in what they call "Convex-Align," where the pipe at the center is lower than the two outer pipes in order to help the pipes reach maximum efficiency. Not any fan would do here either, and Cryorig has supplied a relatively quiet solution that is designed to offer extra performance with its Quad Air Inlet system that offers channels to suck in more air than other fans of its size. All of these features work together to boost efficiency.
As if that weren't enough, the Cryorig H7, which takes its name from the Hive Fin arrangement, still has more to offer. To make life easier on the end-user, Cryorig decided to design the H7 so that it will not interfere with the motherboard screws, the memory, or the PCI-e slots. They also brought forth an X-Bar mounting hardware system that allows the brackets to slide into position for AMD and any Intel socket the H7 is compatible with. Cryorig is definitely showing that they are a forward looking company that is not afraid to deviate from the accepted status quo, and we believe this review is definitely something you are going to want to read.
Cryorig supplies potential customers with a pretty thorough specifications chart. We are shown the compatibility potential of this design in the seven bubbles at the top of the chart. This H7 cooler is compatible with all AMD sockets since FM2, and Intel LGA 115X sockets. Just below the compatibility, we find dimensional renderings of the H7, and the fan that is paired with it. While the cooler is 123mm in width, and 98mm deep with the fan attached, Cryorig kept this tower limited to only 145mm, so it will fit into more systems than the average 120mm fan cooled towers.
Moving on to the text sections at the bottom, we see the dimensions listed again, but we also see that the H7 weighs in at 711 grams of cooler and fan, and that weight will be mounted to the motherboard. There are forty aluminum fins stacked onto the trio of 6mm diameter heat pipes. We also see that they list the 0.4mm thickness of each fin, and they even show the 2.2mm gap spacing used between each of them. At the bottom of that list we see the base is made of pure copper, and the allowance for memory height is limitless, but they do forget to mention that the copper bits are nickel plated.
Off to the right side, we see the specifications for the Cryorig QF120mm fan. The dimensions are pretty standard in overall size and thickness, and the fan weighs 134 grams. This fan is rated to spin at speeds ranging from 300 RPM to 1600 RPM. The fan is also rated for around 25dB(A) of noise, and the fan produces a mere 49 CFM is on its own.
All of the designs and features that went into the H7 are impressive enough, but the surprisingly low pricing makes it that much more appealing. Of course, this isn't a towering monster that we assumed would be near $100, but to get anything that looks this good on paper for less than $50 is downright impressive. We did find a listing for this cooler on Amazon, but they are currently out of stock, so no pricing information is listed. We also saw that Newegg is still holding stock of the Cryorig H7, and they are only asking $34.50, with free shipping available. By the time we are done reviewing this H7 design, we are almost certain you will be looking for one of your own to play with.
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