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Cryorig H5 Universal

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H5 Universal

Price:  £37.98

Technical Specification

Dimensions160x143x98mm (HxWxD)
CPUIntel: 1150, 1151, 1155, 1156,775, 1366, 2011/v3.  AMD:  FM1, FM2/+, AM2/+, AM3/+
Heat pipes4x6mm copper pipes
Fins38x0.4mm thick, 2.8mm gap
MaterialsAluminium fins, copper base
Fan Speed[email protected]
Noise Levelmax 24dB(A)
Air Flow65CFM
Air Pressure1.49mmH2O


Up Close

We've shown you the outside of the box a few times now, so we think you probably get the idea.  Time to show you the inside.  Shall we just say that you can tell how much care has been put into the development of a cooler by how much thought has been put into the packaging.  In the case of the H5Universal the designers have utilised the spaces down the side of the internal packaging as storage for the fitting hardware.  Talking of which, along with all the requisite fittings for both Intel and AMD you get a separate AMD and Intel back plate, a 775 spacer pad, a set of additional fan spring clips, a tube of TIM, instructions, a sealed warranty card, and a fully functional and Cryorig branded screw driver.

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Measuring 160x143x98mm (HxWxD) the H5 universal can officially be referred to as "hefty".  So hefty is it that Cryorig claim that when combined with their Hive technology and XL Surface design, the cooling surface is actually comparable with twin tower coolers, and in fact Cryorig claim the surface area to be within 90% of their R1 series.  Whether this is true or not is anyone's guess, but what we can say is that the 4x6mm heat pipes have been well distributed withing the fin stack, something that we've seen in the past often leads to better than expected results.

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No, the top plate isn't Silver, it's white.  Do we know anyone who'd like that??? (Tom, do you know anyone who likes white things???).  Cool though it no doubt is, unlike the faux black Aluminium of it's lesser Brethren unfortunately the top plate of the H5Universal feels more than a bit plasticy, 

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The MultiSeg quick mount system was indeed quick to mount, but did require an un-manly peek at the instructions.  The video on the Cryorig website shows the screws lining up perfectly with the provided driver, and slipping in easily.  The reality proved a little more difficult but given that the will was there, it was a predictable eventuality.  Kinda like having sex with a beautiful woman while she happens to be in the next room.  it's not going to be easy, but you're sure as hell going to make it happen.  And in case you're wondering what the hell i'm on about, the two holes in the top of the cooler are the ones you get to have sex through.  The H5 universal performed reasonably well in the tests coming mid pack and only 3.75 degrees off the temps of the class leading NH-U14S.  It is though quite a bit cheaper than the Noctua and although it may be the same price as the better performing Scythe Mugen Max it's hands down prettier than both of them.

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Most Recent Comments

10-08-2016, 14:32:21

Had a quick look..
dont see any AIO's in there as a comparison.. I think it would have been nice to see atleast 1-2 of the most popular ones in there, it would just round out the comparisons a bit better imo if you also factor noise efficiency and redundancy.Quote

10-08-2016, 14:36:41

Great article, good to see my D15 is still a beast in the air cooled department.

One small thing, while reading the D15 page I couldn't help but notice something wrong.

With the front fan installed you are though limited to standard height RAM.
This is actually not the case, the fan can be positioned forward due to the design of the mounting which allows for big RAM if you have the case clearance for the fan to protrude off the cooler.Quote

10-08-2016, 14:52:00

That explains all the hype around the Cryorig lot, good prices and performance there. Great to see so many all together in one place for comparison.Quote

10-08-2016, 14:53:46

The BeQuiet coolers are meant to be tightened from the back of the motherboard, not above and between the fins. No wonder you found it hard to do.. If you are saying that poor fitting is the reason they don't perform well, then the test results are not representative of the coolers performance.Quote

10-08-2016, 15:08:21

I bought the Be Quiet Dark Rock TF for the looks for the Lian Li Q10 build - was supriced that it placed so low.

Have the Raijintek Pallas on my living room rig cooling a G3258 and I thought it was great.Quote

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