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The Tiny Enthusiast Grade
CRYORIG Tower Cooler
My first review sample cooler! Special thanks to both Steve and Liam from CRYORIG for helping to send this out! This will be a two person review, I did the AMD review, with my responses being on this review, while my friend's will be on the M9i review.
CPU: AMD FX-8350
Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 R2.0
Memory: Kingston HyperX FURY 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3L-1600
GPU: Sapphire R9 Fury NITRO 4GB
Case: NZXT S340
PSU: Thermaltake Tough Power DPS G 750W
Software: CPU-Z / Speccy / AMD Overdrive / Cinebench 15 / Windows 10 Professional
I'm not going to lie, I had a bit of trouble with this cooler. The only issue I had with it was that mounting bracket, I couldn’t keep it up for the life of me. I spent a good 20 minutes trying to figure out how to keep it from falling it down, eventually resorting to just sticking one of the expansion slot covers under it. This almost made me give up, but I’m going to give this a 9.75, removing the 0.25 only for that mild inconvenience.
So I started off plugging this thing into my fan header despite the cooler itself not being installed. I was fairly surprised by the noise level. It wasn't moderately loud like I would have suspected, given the 92mm fan. But to my surprise, it was fairly quiet. I currently don't have a sound meter, which I hope I will soon. I can assure you, it's quiet. I'll give it a 10 here. On a somewhat related note, wonder when I'll get a cooler that is below a 9 on this.
Oh boy, here comes the fun part. This cooler is 87 x 102 x 124.6mm (L x W x H) counting the fan, and according to CRYORIG's website, it can only handle 120w max. I use an 8350, which is supposedly 125w, and during the tests, HWMonitor said my VCore was 1.38v and my clock speed was 4334 MHz, which adds up to about 152w. I wasn't even expecting it to boot, let alone take Cinebench R15 and the CPU-Z stress test like it's nothing. The highest temperature I saw on Speccy was 65c, but AMD Overdrive said it was about 10C from throttling. I'm impressed, as my Macho X2 (currently with one fan) was only 27.3c from throttling with CPU-Z stress test. For the price and size of this cooler, it definitely deserves a 10. Wow.
There's a single thing that bothers me with this cooler: the fin things that stick out on the top. I think this cooler might look perfect had those been flat, but that's okay as I'm sure more people like it than don't. I wrote this all before I got home to look at it, but now I know that the fins on top are covering the heatpipes, and I'm really glad that they did that, as heatpipes are ugly. If they made it flat, I'm pretty sure it would've been taller, but I'm not sure about that. The fan follows CRYORIG's standard design, with the pretty rainbow circle and the "CR" on the front of the fan. I absolutely adore their packaging; it's always so aesthetically pleasing. When I got rid of my H7, I actually kept the box because it looks nice and is a pleasant reminder of my first ever aftermarket cooler. CRYORIG's boxing is always classy. I'll give this cooler a 9.5 here, only removing 0.5 from the score because of the top "wings". Again, this is a subjective section!
I'm extremely happy with this little badass of a cooler. The only words I could say when testing was seriously "is this correct?" because of how well it performs. If you want a nice $20 cooler, this or that ARCTIC i11/a11 are your best choices, hands down. I'm personally going to recommend this over the ARCTIC because it looks nicer, costs a bit less, comes with nice thermal paste, and is probably easier to install. Great, great job CRYORIG.
Performance (40% of the score): 10
Noise Level (30% of the score): 10
Installation (20% of the score): 9.75
Aesthetics (10% of the score): 9.5
Final Score: 9.9 / 10