Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Just the other day, we got a firsthand look at what is likely one of the most innovative coolers to hit our labs in quite some time. In all reality, with just how compact the design was, and the fact the fan that cooled it offered less than 50 CFM, the odds were sort of stacked against it. However, even with restrictions, the H7 from Cryorig was more than capable of fitting where others may not, and was still able to keep our system from throttling. What more can you really ask for at $34.50? Although, we were left with one question: What if there was a cooler that followed the same type of design and implementation, but was also free of the shackles applied to the H7? Well, if that question had crossed your mind, we are about to see the answer that Cryorig is offering.
With the design we are looking at today, the idea was to take things a step further than the H7. While this newer design still offers the Hive Fin design, the cooler has changed. This time around, we get an extra-large surface area, and we also find the Zero Interference design is specifically for the RAM. The X-bar has also been set aside to provide this cooler with more compatibility options - hence the "Universal" bit in the product name. So, while the main idea is very similar to what we saw with the Cryorig H7, its bigger brother, the Cryorig H5 Universal CPU cooler is a no-holds-barred version that is sure to raise efficiency while still keeping the mounting as simple as can be.
If you missed our review of the Cryorig H7 CPU cooler, then you are in for an eyeful of worthwhile technology and efficient design. Cryorig was able to impress us with the smaller H7 CPU cooler, and as we now take a look at what the H5 Universal CPU cooler offers, we have no doubt that this design should be just as impressive, as it definitely shows some light at the end of the tunnel of CPU cooler stagnancy. Even if you are not in the market for a new CPU air cooler, it is well worth your time to have a look at the way Cryorig is rethinking the standard design of tower air coolers with the H5 Universal, and see where the future of these coolers may be taking us.
While the H7 only fits a few select sockets, the H5 Universal stands up to its name, and is compatible with the full lineup of currently supported sockets, and even some which are EOL at this point. H5 Universal socket compatibility covers LGA775 though LGA2011 and 2011V3, and the AMD sockets covered include AM2 through AM3+, as well as FM socket support. On the specifications chart, compatibility information is proceeded by drawings of the cooler and fan with their dimensions listed in them as well. The chart also shows the H5 Ultimate stays clear of the memory, allowing for any height of spreader or fan assembly.
On the bottom left, there is a breakdown of specifications for the body of the cooler. Here we see the cooler is only 93mm deep. In order to offer the "extra-large surface area," the cooler is 143mm in width and 160mm in height. Fully assembled out of the box, sans the back plate and screws, the cooler weighs in at 835 grams, including the fan and clips. This design also uses a solid copper base, but unlike the H7, the H5 features a fourth copper heat pipe; the base and heat pipes are all nickel plated. Also unlike the H7, the H5 Universal has only 38 aluminum fins in the stack, and while they are still 0.4mm thick, the fin spacing has increased from 2.2mm to 2.8mm.
The fan included with the cooler is an XT140. The XT140 is 140mm square, but it is also only 13mm in thickness. The fan will rotate as low as 700 RPM, and with full power, you can see speeds up to about 1300 RPM. The 24 dB(A) rating is less than the H5, and quieter cooling is always appreciated. However, this time the all-black fan with thirteen blades delivers 65 CFM of air flow. The static pressure rating of 1.49 mmH2O isn't the greatest, but for this fan, it is really good. It seems that Cryorig put a lot of thought into every aspect of the H5 to deliver on their promises.
Locating this cooler on the internet isn't exactly easy. When we Googled the name of the cooler, we found only one listing, and that was on Newegg.com. We did search for it at Amazon, but they are currently out of stock. Amazon's lack of stock led us back to the Newegg.com listing, where the H5 Universal is listed for $46.99. We already appreciated the work it took to design a cooler such as this, and with a price like that, it will be hard to pass up on the H5 Universal. We do still have to perform the testing before we can say specifically how we feel about the Cryorig H5 Universal CPU cooler, but feel free to read further, and see for yourself where this highly evolved design goes.
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