Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Since we were sent the new H series coolers, Cryorig is back on our radar, and we are playing a bit of catch-up with a couple of their previously released designs as well. One of the two coolers we are looking at from Cryorig's recent past is a sleek C-style cooler that affords users a different way of looking at cooling the processor. Tower-style coolers tend to keep air flowing parallel to the motherboard, not truly being blown at anything other than the cooler, and using such a cooler could lead to higher memory and motherboard phase temperatures. One way of combating that issue is to employ the services of a C-style cooler. With a C-style cooler, the fins run parallel to the motherboard, and the fan blows down onto the CPU cooler, adding much more airflow to the motherboard and components close to or under this cooler.
In our time reviewing coolers at TweakTown, we have seen quite a few C-style cooler designs from most of the manufacturers out there, both in high-end coolers and in more economically friendly solutions as well. One thing we can say about this version of the C-style cooler right out of the gate is that we have never seen another that is as dressed up and as aesthetically pleasing as this one. On the cooler we are reviewing today, we have an attractive mixture of grey frame and black blades on the fans, white plastic shrouds, and even multi-section fins. This should give you some idea of the treatment this cooler received during the design phase.
The CPU cooler in question is the Cryorig C1. The Cryorig C1 offers a wide breadth across the motherboard to enhance surface area cooling, and also uses a thin fan to keep the overall height as low as possible for cases that do not offer the space needed for a typical tower design. Of course, when choosing a design like this, things like motherboard mounting, or the types of RAM that can be used under it come into play, but let's see what this cooler is all about before we jump to any conclusions.
In the circles across the top of the chart, we find the sockets that are compatible with this cooler. The socket compatibility for the Cryorig C1 goes back to LGA775 on the Intel side, and AM2 on the AMD side, covering all sockets since. Just below that we find four renderings of the cooler and the fan. Here we find that the C1 measures in at 144.5mm long, 140mm wide, and stands 74mm in height, and that is with the fan included. One other thing that last rendering shows is that if you plan to use this cooler, it will cover your RAM, and they do at least show us that the limit there is 42mm.
Continuing on with the text below the RAM limitations, we see that this cooler weighs in at 628 grams all told. We also see there are six 6mm heat pipes, but the renderings don't exactly show that the pipes run through two fin stacks and not just the obvious larger one. We do like that they show each of the 35 aluminum fins are 0.4mm in thickness, and keep a spacing of 1.8mm between them. The last bit we need to cover here is that the base and pipes are made from C1100 pure copper, but are also nickel plated once assembled to help fight oxidation and keep the orange color of the copper from clashing with the rest of the sleek theme of this Cryorig cooler.
As for the fan, we are given the Cryorig XT140, 140mm fan to cool the fins of the C1. This fan is only 13mm thick, but it can attain speeds of 1300 RPM, delivering 24 dB(A) of noise. Considering the thickness, and the somewhat limited RPM maximum, we are pleased to see that they have rated this fan to produce 65 CFM, and it is also able to deliver 1.49 mmH2O of static pressure at full speed.
In terms of availability, locating the Cryorig C1 is sort of a chore. While a few locations do show listings for the Cryorig C1, it seems only two locations have stock to back their listings. One of these valid listings can be found at Newegg.com with a listed price of $64.99 with free shipping available. We also found two listings at Amazon.com; one of them showed no stock and no pricing, and the other claims they have one in stock, but it will cost $219 to obtain it. Of course, nobody in their right mind would pay that, and this listing is not going to affect our opinion of this cooler. However, if people are charging that sort of price it is because they think they own a rainbow-coated unicorn, which should give you an idea of how slim the availability is out there. Considering the Newegg listing, we feel the pricing is fair, although it is a bit on the high side; but once again, let's see how things pan out in the testing phase before we pass our final judgment.
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