CPU Air Cooler Mega Test
Published: 10th August 2016 | Source: Various | Price: do not click here |
|CPU||Intel: 1150, 1151, 1155, 1156. AMD: FM1, FM2/+, AM2/+, AM3/+|
|Heat pipes||3x6mm copper pipes|
|Fins||40x0.4mm thick, 2.2mm gap|
|Materials||Aluminium fins, copper base|
|Fan Speed||1x120mm @330-1600rpm|
|Noise Level||max 25dB(A)|
Cryorig packaging is actually quite smart and understated. Along with the technical data on the exterior, we especially like the way the image of the cooler inside wraps round the exterior of the packaging. Inside, along with the cooler you get a universal back plate, fixing hardware, additional fan spring clips, and of course a sealed warranty card and instructions.
The H7 Measures 145x123x98mm (HxWxD), which size wise, puts it firmly into the same category of most other single tower, single fan CPU coolers.
The H7 has a molded top plate, which although plastic mimics Aluminium perfectly. It would be nice however if Cryorig had thought to print their logo the right way round so that it was the correct way up when the unit is installed in the case. The 3x6mm heatpipes leave the base plate together with one branching laterally while the other two continue in a more medial course.
Fitting the H7 is a bit of an odd experience, as unlike most coolers, the work is actually done on the reverse side of the motherboard. Essentially screws are pushed through from the rear, which after adding spacers locate directly into the variable geometry mounting arms of the X-Bar system which are fixed to the cooler. Once fitted, we could still feel a bit of torsional play in the cooler which to us indicated it wasn't clamped as tightly down on the CPU as it could have been.
Once fitted in the case we can see that the front fan does not overlap the RAM area, meaning that tall RAM could be used in conjunction with the H7. We've also taken a photograph through the spinning blades to demonstrate the "Hive Fin" technology that Cryorig claim Increases hot air exhaust and reduces internal turbulence. Performance wise the H7 did a reasonable job but fell half way down the charts, perhaps dut to it's lack of a solid clamp on the CPU. It is though a very attractive and compact 120mm fan based cooler, so if you're not into the looks of the Noctuas and Scythes or don't want to shred your nerves and fingers fitting the ungainly yet aesthetic bequiet Dark Rock Pro 3 then the H7 is a very viable option.