There are a lot of good things to rave about when it comes to the Cryorig H7. The cooler is almost ready to go right out of the box; all you have to do is set up the back plate, and screw the cooler down. Total installation takes about four minutes, and that is from the time you open the box if the motherboard is already prepped and ready to go. The hardware is simple, yet strong and sturdy, and using all the same gear for the compatible AMD and Intel sockets eliminates the need for guesswork, hardware orientation, and the possibility of stripping things out.
On top of that, there is the very cool fin orientation that definitely does what it is intended to do. Not only does it orient the flow through the fins correctly, but they definitely help take advantage of every drop of that 49 CFM the fan offers, allowing this smaller tower cooler to fit in places others won't. The H7 is even capable of taming our test rig, so it should have no issues doing the same to your system.
As great as the H7 is, there are a couple of points that would fall into the "not-so-good" section as well. The biggest issue we saw with the H7 was its installed position, specifically, its alignment once it was installed with the rest of the components. While there is a tiny bit of leeway with the mounting hardware, after attempting the mounting a few times and closely examining the cooler, we could not find the reason that the cooler sits with a slight rightward lean at the top. The second thing we found was more of a personal challenge than an issue, but I did not have any help at the time I mounted the cooler. This left me with a screw driver in one hand, the cooler in the other, and the board balanced on the dust covers in the USB connections on the rear I/O.
While installation is not impossible to accomplish solo, this does leave you open to potential slips of the screwdriver and potential damage to the motherboard, or even worse, the potential of somehow dropping the motherboard all together. While neither issue is a deal killer in our mind, they are something to be aware of.
Considering that this cooler costs less than $40, the overall design of the cooler makes the pricing appear too good to be true. When you look at the cooler, you may wonder how they even figured out the design of the Hive Fins in the first place. All of the boxes seem to check out as well. Does it clear all of the gear on the motherboard? Check. Does it look good, have some style, and fit in places that the standard 165mm coolers will not? Check. Does it handle the rigors of our testing? Is it on the silent side so it can be used in an HTPC? Is it easy to install, and does it come at a great price? All check. This cooler is everything we need it to be and then some.
The fact that you can get all of this style, clearance, and performance for just $34.50 is outstanding. Albeit a tad crooked, if you are a system builder, or are just looking for a more compact design that has what it takes to get the job done, then H7 is definitely worth a look.
Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:33 pm CDT
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The Bottom Line: While not a chart topper, the Cryorig H7 handles its business in a compact, Zero-Interference design, and does it well. For the cost of a movie for two, you get a lot of impressive tech in this cooler for the cost.
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