When Cryorig first mentioned the H7 to me last year, I was pretty excited. Between this, the be quiet! Pure Rock we saw earlier and even the Silverstone AR02, there were some really promising options for good bang for the buck CPU coolers. 2/3 did a good job overall, and now it’s time for the Cryorig H7 to be tested to see how it stacks up in an extremely competitive market. Thanks to Steve for arranging a sample for review.
Let’s take a look at the specs courtesy the product page:
At the risk of going off topic already, I will say that I really like Cryorig’s website layout- definitely a lot more functional and pleasant looking than this one! The specs are hidden further down the product page if you wanted to go look for yourself, but there’s a navigation bar that can lead you there directly or to other parts of the page. The H7 is a beginner’s cooler, and is marketed as such with higher compatibility in cases and with RAM + PCI-E devices as well. This is one of the rare cases where a detailed technical drawing is not necessary, and the overall cooler LxBxH will suffice. Nonetheless, Cryorig provides dimensions for the heatsink alone as well as the entire cooler should you want to use your own fan that is not a square frame, 25 mm thick 120 mm fan for some reason. If that was not enough for you, community member Doyll provides another of his extremely useful drawings:
The cooler weight (mass) is another item I am not worried about here at all given the size of the cooler, and at just over 700 g (1.5 lbs), you should not be either. The cooler comes with one of their QF120 Balance fans which is a slower rated version of the QF120 Performance we saw before and thus keeps everything within Cryorig- including the thermal paste as we will see on the next page.
One last thing here- do note the absence of Intel LGA 2011(-3) socket compatibility here. This is a definite deal breaker to those of you looking for a cooler for at least testing out Intel enthusiast CPUs, so please be aware of this. Do also note that this is not a good idea for high TDP AMD processors, even if they are technically supported via the AM3+ socket. At least you have the option to decide for yourself, and test for DOA components as well so I am not a fan of the choice having being removed for LGA 2011(-3) CPU customers.