Initially, we started to fall into the bigger is better mindset when we first pulled the M9i cooler out of the box. We thought to ourselves this looks cool, then almost giggled as we assume trying to overclock with this cooler was not going to end so well.
The reality of this cooler is that you are dealing with a super-efficient design. All of the tricks like the staggered edges of the fins, the shape of the leading and trailing edges, every bit that went into this design took a cooler we were used to seeing in the early 2000s and brought it up to snuff to run and cool anything across the entire LGA115X lineup. Shockingly by the time it was over, we found ourselves looking at a smallish cooler that does have the ability to impress. Not only in style, but in space savings, clearances, and compared to most of what shows up in our charts, comes at only a quarter of the price of the top contenders.
Everything about the mounting hardware is super solid and well thought out. Studs that lock into the backplate, so they do not spin, no need for extra spacers, and the studs do that job too, and solid brackets and nuts to lock all of that together. We also like that you have to work to get the screws out of the base, so when it comes to mounting the M9i, the screws are right where they need to be, and there is no need for a second hand to hold the screw, the base does that for you.
Also considering the fan that cools this tower is a meager 92mm fan, we are shocked at the thermal results this cooler accomplished with just 48CFM of air flow, but this is also where it helps to have high static pressure as well. We would also like to address the fact that this 120W TDP is about as on point of a rating as any we have seen so far.
This may not be a cooler that you are showing off to all your buddies when it comes to who has the biggest and baddest air cooler in their rig, but the M9i does afford a fair bit of style with the wings and louvers designed into the top of this cooler and the shape of the fins just under it. The thing is, though, while all of your buddies may have e-peen bragging rights, it is likely that you are going to be happy with the results that the Cryorig M9i delivers both thermally and audibly, and still have a pile of cash in your hand for a game or two, while your buddy's cooler is looking cool with nothing to do.
Cryorig has impressed us and also shown us that you don't need a monster tower when it comes to air cooling to get the most out of your system, and at just $25 for the M9i, it's a brilliant price.
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST
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The Bottom Line: Cryorig's M9i CPU air cooler may be the CM Hyper 212 killer! With less cooler, more style, and a similar price point, there really is no way to go wrong when buying this cooler.
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