Figuring out which component is compatible with which electronically is hard enough as it is for casual system builders that the last thing one needs is to find out that their heatsink does not fit with their case or RAM module heatspreader physically after all parts have been purchased. That is why clearance compatibility information is essential in a cooler review. For their part, cooling manufacturer CRYORIG provides a printable origami printout for specific heatsinks in their stable so that users can actually measure with their motherboard before trying.
CRYORIG also takes the issue of clearance one step further with the CRYORIG H7, a 120mm tower air cooler that not only provides full RAM module clearance via offset heatpipes but provides excellent height clearance as well. Standing at only 145mm, the CRYORIG H7 is perfectly comfortable inside most cases compared to the average 120mm tower air cooler which is usually stands at 158mm or taller with fan.[sc:sponsor sponsor=”CRYORIG” product_link=”http://www.cryorig.com/h7_us.php” product_name=”H7 CPU Cooler” product_price_link=”http://amzn.to/1VD2ZgU” product_price=”$34.99″ ]
CRYORIG has a uniform packaging for their coolers, having a black and white color theme with blue accent so the H7’s box looks similar to the previously reviewed C7 low profile cooler, albeit larger. Specifications are printed at the back including measurement of dimensions which is essential for anyone buying this cooler at the store.
The H7 heatsink itself comes cradled inside the center with folded cardboard on all four sides including bottom and with a 120mm fan pre-installed. The accessories are actually stored in the folded sides, individually wrapped per set.
The installation accessory kit seems sparse but this is actually a good thing since it means fewer items to fiddle, easier installation with and less possibility of losing components along the way since there are no miniature parts such as screws. Aside from a universal backplate (made of PBT), four metal screw pillars and four plastic sleeves for the screws which also act as a spacer. The plastic from the backplate and the sleeves is what insulates the metal pillar from touching the motherboard plus there is no risk of damaging the PCB coating even if tightened compared to metal parts, but the PBT structure is more than durable enough to withstand several re-installations. The bundled CRYORIG QF120 fan comes pre-installed with its own set of fan clips and one more set is included for users who want to add another fan in a push-pull configuration.
A full-size CRYORIG CP9 thermal paste is also included in the accessory pack as well as documentation which includes an English and Japanese installation manual with an alternate German and Polish version, as well as a product registration card completely sealed in an anti-static bag. Signing up as VIP (free) and registering the product on CRYORIG’s website doubles the standard warranty, extends customer support as well as render the user eligible for VIP member prize draws. Standard warranty for CRYORIG’s coolers is 3-years which means registered products get a total of a lengthy 6-year coverage.
|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|
|QF120 BALANCE FAN SPECIFICATION|
|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|