H7 from Cryorig, the product is all about high compatibility, claiming to offer 100% RAM clearance on any platform. This isn’t just any old heatsink that’s been chopped up, to increase its compatibility. It sports a visually unique honeycomb design, rather than traditional stack of fins. Standing at just 145mm tall and is coupled up with a 120mm fan. It appears on paper, to be a great product and after our recent R1 review, I have a strong suspicion it will be just that… Pricing on the day is £39 here in the UK , other regions be sure to check HERE. Which is about the average for this type of product.
[Features and Specifications]
|Dimension ( with fan )||L98 mm x W123 mm x H145 mm|
|Weight ( with fan )||711 g|
|Weight ( without fan )||577 g|
|Heat pipes||6mm heatpipe x 3 units|
|Fin||T = 0.4 mm ; Gap = 2.2 mm|
|Front Fin Pcs||40 pcs|
|Copper Base||C1100 Pure copper nickel plated|
|RAM Tolerance Height||Limitless|
[Packaging and Bundle][gallery link="file" ids="23913,23915,23912,23916"] Packaging for the H7 is exceptional, just like I mentioned in my R1 review the attention to detail, is obvious. Noctua for me, produced the most clever, intriguing packages. Now theirs a new king, Cryorig offer something unique and well…perfect. Exterior layout for information is minimal but clear. [gallery link="file" ids="23919,23917,23918"] Once you pop open the lid, you’re greeted with a friendly reminder to register your product. Which grants you an extended warranty, above the standard 3 years. [gallery link="file" ids="23929,23930,23931,23932,23933,23934,23935,23936"] Visually the H7 has a similar wow factor, that the R1 did. being a single tower design, let’s be realistic about the matter. Just what can do you with it? to separate from the many others like it? Well, Cryorig have certainly made this their own, with the black plate on top and mirror shine stacks. looking at it from the side, sure it looks somewhat normal, but once you turn it around, the unique honeycomb design reveals itself.
CRYORIG H Series coolers feature our proprietary Hive Fin™structure. This design allows for a combination of Jet Fin Acceleration™ and Turbulence Reduction, as well as strengthening structural strength of the fin stacks. Combined together, the Hive Fin™ design brings cool innovation.Utilizing a beehive shaped structure at the front air intake of the heatsink, lowers air turbulence and straightens out the airflow. Assisting airflow to move directly through the full length of the heatsink and carrying out hot air.
|Dimension||L120 mm x W120 mm x H25.4 mm|
|Rated Speed||330 ~ 1600 RPM ±10 %|
|Noise Level||10 ~ 25 dBA|
|Air Flow||49 CFM|
|Air Pressure||1.65 mmH2O|
[Installation Process]Installation on the H7 is slightly different, not the hardware involved but the method. The H7 uses a traditional backplate, which lays down first and then four support pillars are passed through. Four screw sleeves sit on top of which, then add thermal paste. Set the X bar to match your socket type and lower down into place. Heres’ the twist…turn the motherboard over and secure the heatsink with the four screws. I grade the installation process on a scale of 1-10. With 10 being the most difficult, this would be a 3 and nobody should have any major issue.
[Clearance and observations]Before we even talk about clearance I think it’s important that I mention something very unique about Cryorig products. Reviews like this one can demo clearance, but have you ever wanted a certain answer, “will it fit your setup or not?” Cryorig offer a printable template to check before purchase. Read more about this here. [gallery link="file" ids="24003,24010,24009,24006,24007"] RAM clearance with the H7 is perfect, no issues to mention at all
[Test Setup & Method]Proudly Powered by our Dimastech Mini V1.0 Test Bench
Intel® i5 4670K
|Memory:||Kingston HyperX Beast 2400Mhz 8GB|
|Motherboard:||MSI Z97 GAMING 7|
|Video Card:||MSI Radeon 270X Gaming|
|Hard Drives:|| |
SSD – Kingston HyperX 3k 240GB
M.2 -Kingston M.2
|OS:||Windows 8.1 64-Bit|
*Methodology*CPU coolers and test method is an area that causes much confusion and debate. We should point out that many sites test in different ways, but the majority share the same core idea that a simple math equation should be used. So that a consistent value can be recorded and re-used against other products This simple equation of [recorded result] [minus] [ambient room temperature] = Delta This test method simply means no matter how warm or cool the testing room is, the data is comparable. There will always be a degree of error in such testing. There are so many variables such airflow, testing location and such. So we perform all our testing on the same hardware and in the same location.
- Our procedure is to fit the cooler and allow a 24 hour period before any testing, allowing the thermal paste to settle. The system is booted and allowed to sit idle for 15 minutes. We take our first recording. Then using a selection of software forcing the CPU to run at 100% load. We then take our load temperatures.
- This process is repeated 3 times and the results are converted to an average.
- We provide delta temperature [Load temperatures minus ambient room temperature].
- This allows us to provide consistent results no matter the room temperature.
I must point out that we do not manipulate and force the fan to run at 100%, it is something we had considered in the past and if we had done, most of the products in the chart would appear to have better results. However what we present is a fair representation of how a product will perform out of the box. With this in mind what we tend to find, in our stock testing is that the fan(S) does not always hit 100%.The performance was great in the stock CPU test, placing near similarly priced products.
* Our test CPU is ran at default auto clocks and voltage for stock testing. For overclocking it’s not the best around and requires 1.375 volts to operate at 4.6 GHz. All results shown are at these settings unless otherwise stated*The test that matters more for Overclockers… we applied a heavy overclock, which requires lots of vcore. I honestly did not expect the product to do that well, remember the product is compact, compared to those it was scoring side by side with, and even bettering some! The important question to answer next, was it loud?