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CRYORIG H7 CPU Cooler Review

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]

HEATSINK SPECIFICATION
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
TDP 140 W
Courtesy of CRYORIGMore information available HERE  

[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.

Despite the under £40 price tag, the H7 has a premium vibe often reserved for products double the price point.   h7_outline With Dimensions of  123 x  145 x 98 mm, (W x H x D) the cooler is one of the most compact we’ve seen to date, the bundled fans boasts some very decent  specifications, with a limit of 49CFM  
QF120 SPECIFICATION
Dimension L120 mm x W120 mm x H25.4 mm
Weight 134 g
Rated Speed 330 ~ 1600 RPM ±10 %
Noise Level 10 ~ 25 dBA
Air Flow 49 CFM
Air Pressure 1.65 mmH2O
Ampere 0.16 A
  [gallery link="file" ids="23924,23926"] The mounting system on the H7, dubbed as the X bar is a brilliant idea. Rather than swap arms for either Intel or AMD, simply expand or adjust the fixed arm, to match your socket type  

[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. CRYORIG H7 INSTALL (3) Four screw sleeves sit on top of which, then add thermal paste. CRYORIG H7 INSTALL (4)   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. CRYORIG H7 INSTALL (6) 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]

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Processor:

Intel® i5 4670K

Cooling:
Memory: Kingston HyperX Beast 2400Mhz 8GB
Motherboard: MSI Z97 GAMING 7
Video Card:  MSI Radeon 270X Gaming
PSU: CoolerMaster  v750
Hard Drives:

SSD – Kingston HyperX 3k 240GB

M.2 -Kingston M.2

OS: Windows 8.1  64-Bit
We would like to thank or sponsors for their support with our test system, Kingston,Dismatech,Cooler Master,Noctua and MSI

*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.
Many factors can skew results and to ensure accuracy we repeat all of the above three further times. Including refitting the cooler, this compensates for factors such as burn in time, amount of thermal paste and such.

[Software Used]

To keep things neat and easier to read, we no longer provide idle or ambient numbers, now only load delta results. Stock H7 Results
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.   OCED H7 Results  
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?  Noise H7 Results
Not at all,  is the short answer! Noise under idle states was below or on or baseline or 30Db, inaudible… Under heavy loads, and more so once we overclocked the CPU noise stayed well within comfortable limits, peaking at just 38Db
 

[Conclusion]

Back when the R1 came in for review, I was genuinely blown away. The brand for me, seemed to pop up out of nowhere, with an arsenal of visually epic products.  Right from my first look at the box, to install and testing I was extremely impressed. Now today we switch focus away from Cryorig’s performance product, and look at what their high compatibility product has to offer We’ve seen many product that claimed no limit/100% RAM clearance, and they don’t’ always stack up. The H7 does with spare room to breathe. Installation was an interesting experience, securing the heatsink from the underside. The actual process was simple and took a matter for minutes. What I really appreciate though is the X-bar system, great for users upgrading from one platform the next. No need to seek out the original box, change arms or find additional bolts. The performance under stock CPU conditions was  decent, but keep in mind what I referenced, we let the fans run under PWM mode so manually controlling it, is an option to either unleash more ability or tame the noise even further. On an overclocked system the product also did a great job of taming the heat too. The H7 is priced at just £40, which based on everything is very good value for your money.  Performance in both stock and overclocked testing was admirable. Noise was never an issue, what more could you ask for? The H7 is granted our Design Award H7 product amazon link price [taq_review] We would like to thank CRYORIG for sending the sample out for review. We look forward to seeing more from them, in the near future.]]>

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