There is a lot to like about the Cryorig C1 cooler. This cooler is much more dressed up than most other coolers, but it is still very classy looking. The low-profile design lends its use to many systems where tower designs and even some smaller coolers may not fit. Of course, there is the slight hindrance of 42mm of memory clearance; however, that is the only real concern with this cooler on a functionality level, and it is not that big of a deal. We like the hardware because it is strong, secure, and easy to use overall. This cooler really can be installed in under five minutes. The Cryorig C1 is also more than capable of taming our CPU, even with an overclock, and the amount of noise delivered while doing so is not all that bad either.
This isn't to say this cooler is off the hook for anything we did not like. Again, memory clearance could be an issue if it is not planned for properly. However, if you do take the time to plan for clearance issues, you can easily compensate for the clearance limitations of this cooler. Additionally, even though the cooler looks great and has a solid construction, we feel the pricing is a tad high for the level of performance it offers. Considering the coolers that are keeping this company in the charts, there are more affordable solutions to be had, but they may not fit in the niche for which this cooler was intended. In that respect, compared to the other compact designs, the performance is on par, so perhaps we just expected more from Cryorig.
Overall, the Cryorig C1 is pretty impressive for a C-style cooler of this stature. Even with pricing set to $64.99 for a cooler we feel would be better suited for the $50 range, for those who need a cooler like the Cryorig C1, many of the other coolers on our charts simply won't do. Even when it comes to coolers from Scythe and Noctua who have been making C-style coolers for what seems like forever, most of their designs were not intended specifically for ITX system users, nor are they designed to fit in places that this Cryorig C1 can fit.
So, while we do feel the Cryorig C1 only suits the needs of a niche market, we feel it is up to the task it is required for, and that all we really want in a cooler for ITX based systems. Cryorig has the answer to ITX cooling all wrapped up in this C1 cooler.
|Performance (including Overclocking w/a)||88%|
|Quality including Design and Build||98%|
|Bundle and Packaging||99%|
|Value for Money||92%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||94%|
The Bottom Line: While intended to be used with an ITX system, the Cryorig C1 may be low profile in its design, and even having to be careful of memory choice, this cooler can contain our CPU and leaves us in a pleasantly quiet sounding atmosphere while doing so. Oh, and it looks damn good too.
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