Page 4 - Conclusion
When CRYORIG sent us their R1 Universal to review, I was pleasantly surprised. It was a very capable large air CPU cooler that performed quite well, and was without any odd colors like tan and brown -- not looking at any company from Austria that rhymes with Moctua, of course. However, the C7 is a different product in the fact it is aimed not at the high-end market. Rather, this targets the small form factor side. Even so, I think CRYORIG has done an amazing job in producing a cooler for this group. The C7 follows the R1 Universal with excellent build quality and features to enhance its operation. Additional air vents on the side of the fan or even rubber cushioning between the fan and the heatsink may not necessarily be novel ideas, but they are very effective. The heatsink itself is built well, with soldered fins to increase the surface area of the heatsink even more. When it comes to installation, the C7 is as painless as the best of the bunch, and putting it in was literally a matter of minutes. Despite working in a smaller environment, the C7 was easy to place and secure. As for its performance, the numbers speak for themselves, as they compete quite well with its competition. Narrowly losing out to Noctua, while handily defeating the stock solution from Intel, the CRYORIG C7 is a great choice. Even better, the C7 commands a very wallet friendly price of $20 USD. On the other hand, the Noctua NH-L9x65 retails for more than double at $50 USD. Thus the CRYORIG C7 is a very smart purchase for mITX computer builds. I should note if you have more room in your case, or are not even building for the mITX form factor, you can definitely find better performance outside of the C7 or the NH-L9x65. The CRYORIG C7 does not represent the best cooling ever, and nor is it intended to. Its home turf is found in limited spaces, and the C7 fits the bill as a small and capable cooler at a budget price.
CRYORIG provided this product to APH Networks for the purpose of evaluation.
APH Review Focus Summary:
8/10 means Definitely a very good product with drawbacks that are not likely going to matter to the end user.
7/10 means Great product with many advantages and certain insignificant drawbacks; but should be considered before purchasing.
-- Final APH Numeric Rating is 7.8/10
Please note that the APH Numeric Rating system is based off our proprietary guidelines in the Review Focus, and should not be compared to other sites.
The old saying of not judging a book by its cover is true for the CRYORIG C7, as it is more capable than it reads.
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1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. Physical Look - Hardware; Installation
3. Test Results