When it comes to air cooling a CPU, most coolers available are pretty much the same old tricks used in some arrangement, all with individual flavor of course, but maybe big flat fins, big fans, and dual-towers are not the answer. When it comes to standout coolers, there are really only three or four coolers that opened the books in air cooling and turned the market on its ear. Although it is not the most silent, or the best in thermal performance, the Cryorig H5 Universal proves that with a fair bit of thought, and an innovative spirit, they can keep up with the mix, and even outperform more expensive solutions. To make things even better, it does it all that at roughly half the cost, and isn't some plain Jane POS looking cooler either.
The H5 Universal stands up to every claim they put on their website and on the box. The Hive Fin and Jet Fin Acceleration technologies are definitely getting every last drop of performance out of the fan by channeling the air and increasing its pressure as it exits the front bit of the cooler. Also, closing off the sides of the cooler is a smart move, as there is no advantage to wasting air flow out of the side of the cooler. The mounting hardware is top notch, and the MultiSeg mounting system really does allow you to get this cooler on a motherboard in less than five minutes. Whether you use AMD or Intel, the fit is the same with all solid components under the cooler, and a bracket pre-mounted to the base of the cooler keeps everything square and in line so everything can be mounted with just two screws.
While the cooler is really solid, it also looks really good in contrast to all that darkness in a common system, and for the cost, you really cannot ask for much more out of this cooler. However, if there is anything to be aware of with this cooler choice, it is the possibility of encroaching upon the first PCI-e slot. Make sure that if you have to populate the first PCI-e slot, the card does not have a back plate, otherwise they will be rubbing, vibrating, and potentially making noise as they touch each other. Outside of that, there is nothing to complain about since access to the motherboard screws is attained, and the Zero Interference RAM feature keeps the fan further back from the memory than any other 140mm fan cooled tower we have seen to date.
Of course, availability of this cooler is not widespread, but it isn't like Newegg.com is some unknown company. With Newegg.com, your money is safe, and even when opting for free delivery, you will get it in a timely fashion. What this pricing does reflect on though, is our mindset in pricing. As trends changed and many air coolers ramped up in price, and with AIOs starting at $79.99, we sort of just accepted that coolers with decent performance were going to cost you a bit more these days.
Fortunately, the H5 Universal is only $46.99 right now, and look at all you get in design and performance for that money. If we had a bang for the buck chart, this cooler would have to be at the top, because not only is it affordable for the everyman to use, but it also offers a completely new take on how to cool a tower.
Product Summary Breakdown
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|Overall TweakTown Rating||98%|
The Bottom Line: Cryorig may be outside the box with this cooler design, but they have proven many technologies to work together in harmony with sleek looks and strong yet simple to use mounting hardware. The H5 Universal is a must have cooler that you just have to try for yourself.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Cryorig H5 Universal CPU Cooler]
- Page 4 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 5 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup, Thermal Tests and Noise Results]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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