When form meets function
No need for a fancy introduction folks, as what we got here is another cooler from CRYORIG! This time, we’re going to check out the CRYORIG C1 Top Flow CPU Cooler directly from the shelves of PCHub. This cooler is directly aimed at the slim form factor loving enthusiasts, with a height of 74mm, and dense array of heat fins connected by 6 heat-pipes for maximum cooling satisfaction.
The CRYORIG C1’s features are as unique as its looks. First off, it houses CRYORIG’s patented DirectCompress Soldering Technology. Basically, that means each of the 6 heat-pipes has 10% more contact surface than the norm. Along with it comes the U-Type heat-pipe design which is traditionally found on tower coolers, but with a twist of dual stacked fin arrays – a huge one at the top, and a smaller one beneath it. Last but not the least, we’ve got a CRYORIG XT140 slim fan bundled with the cooler which is on its own retails for around 850 PHP. Learn more about this 3, 530 PHP cooler at THIS LINK.
|Dimension ( with fan )||L144.5 mm x W140 mm x H74 mm|
|Weight ( with fan )||628 g|
|Weight ( without fan )||539 g|
|Heat pipes||6mm heatpipe x 6 units|
|Top Fin||T = 0.4 mm ; Gap = 1.8 mm|
|Top Fin Pcs||56 pcs|
|Bottom Fin||T = 0.4 mm ; Gap = 1.4 mm|
|Bottom Fin Pcs||35 pcs|
|Copper Base||C1100 Pure copper nickel plated|
|RAM Height Limit||42|
|Warranty||3 Years (6 Max Via Registration)|
|Dimension||L140 mm x W140 mm x H13 mm|
|Rated Speed||700 ~ 1300 RPM ±10 %|
|Noise Level||20 ~ 24 dBA|
|Air Flow||65 CFM|
|Air Pressure||1.49 mmH2O|
PACKAGING & ACCESSORIES:
Packaging is where CRYORIG usually hits the spot perfectly and the C1’s own is no exception. It definitely looks premium, and is full of graphical representation of the cooler’s features. Shelf worthy on its own I must say.
Inside, you’ll get a more rewarding amount of accessories and presentation apt for the cooler’s price point. You’ll never see a presentation like this every time you unbox a PC component. Now as for the bundle, you’ll get the Multi-Seg universal mounting kit for Intel and a simple one for the AMD setups. A CRYORIG CP7 TIM, your own L-shaped screw driver, an installation guide, and even a sachet of alcohol pad to clean off your CPU are also included.
THE CRYORIG C1 TOP FLOW CPU COOLER:
The CRYORIG C1 features a 140mm body with a 4.5mm extension via the additional measurements from the heat-pipes. The top down cooler design revolves around the White frame – which could be easily painted or modified to suite your needs. We’ve seen the C1 in many colors since its inception back at COMPUTEX 2014 so there’s that as a starting point.
With and without the XT140 fan, the C1 stands at 74mm and 61mm respectively. RAM slot clearance is at 42mm, so standard memory kits and even extended ones up to that 42mm restriction will fit perfectly underneath the C1.
The 100% pure copper base plate is definitely not mirror finished, but it is nickel plated. This plating is most likely for function, providing corrosion resistance, and wear resistance over time.
There are 6 nickel plated heat pipes perfectly distributed at the heat-sinks. These are the U shaped pipes we’ve introduced earlier, and four of them actually goes into the denser secondary heat-sink assembly for extra cooling performance and rigidity.
CRYORIG had the XT140 PWM fan bundled with the C1 Top Flow, and it’s a no brainer why. It’s silent, slim enough at 13mm to fit the bill, and has enough performance at 65 CFM to draw in cool air. I wish this one has a higher static pressure but we’ll see soon enough how it performs.
INSTALLING THE CRYORIG C1 TOP FLOW:
The CRYORIG C1 comes with the MultiSeg mounting kit, and that means it’s just as easy to install as the H5 Ultimate. There’s basically nothing to keep in check here, with the exception of the fan screws that comes in two variants. What you’d want to use is the shorter one for the XT140 fan.
The installation kit comes with an alcohol pad to get that old TIM out of the equation. Applying a new one is a breeze, and installing the brackets are just as easy.
The L-type screw driver is only required to install the cooler on the bracket. With 4 mounting options, you can choose any of those that perfectly fits your kind of build.
TEST SETUP & METHODOLOGY:
Coolers are far from the hardest components to test, but it doesn’t mean they are easy enough to deal with since there are multiple factors to take into account. That includes the ambient noise, ambient temperature, the enclosure used, and the test system’s configuration. With that said, keeping all those things in-check should be paramount to provide the readers subjective and consistent results.
For this test, we have mounted our system on an open air test bench. This is to ensure a controlled, and versatile test setup that we can use on our future cooling solution reviews.
|PROCESSOR||INTEL CORE I5 6600K|
|CPU COOLER||CRYORIG C1 TOP FLOW|
|MEMORY||CRUCIAL BALLISTIX TACTICAL 16GB|
|GRAPHICS CARD||ASUS GTX 1060 STRIX OC 6GB|
|STORAGE||CRUCIAL MX100 256GB|
|POWER SUPPLY||CORSAIR RM850X 850W|
|DISPLAY||27″ DELL U2715H WQHD IPS PANEL|
|OPERATING SYSTEM||MICROSOFT WINDOWS 10 PRO|
The AIDA64 Extreme Edition System Stability Test is used to stress our Intel Core i5 6600K. We specifically selected the CPU, FPU, Cache, and Memory at the stability test’s options. AIDA64 has been chosen due to its inclusion of AVX, AVX2 and FMA – 3 important instructions that will help us push our CPU to its limits.
The ambient temperature is 27°C (±1°C), and the ambient sound level is 34dBA (±1dBA). Our CPU is clocked at 3.9GHz with a voltage of 1.088v as the stock profile. Overclocked profile is at 4.4GHz with 1.248v on the vCore. The temperature of the system is logged with HWiNFO64, and is cross referenced with AIDA64. The sound level is measured by a sound level meter with a foot of distance from the cooler.
CRYORIG C1 FAN SPEED & SOUND LEVELS:
We tested the XT140 fan included on the CYRORIG C1 on a variety of fan duty cycles available thru our ASUS Z170-A motherboard. The lowest attainable speed during the test is 744 RPM (30%), while the maximum is 1410 RPM (100%).
CRYORIG C1 COOLING PERFORMANCE:
We tested the CRYORIG C1 with easily attainable configurations that should resemble common system builds. Our 3.9 GHz configuration for an instance, resembles that of a midrange CPU on its stock settings. At this level, the CRYORIG C1 doesn’t even have to sweat, offering a great performance even at its 30% fan duty cycle. With 30% and 50% fan duty cycles offering the almost the same sound levels, you are better off with a constant 50% duty cycle for the XT140 fan.
At 4.4GHz, the XT140 at 744 RPM still offered great performance but if exceeding 60°C is just too much for your liking, then 50% is your best friend at this config. There’s basically nothing to complain here and that just showed how excellent this cooler is even for overclocked setups.
CPU COOLER SHOOT-OUT:
COOLING EFFECT OVER COMPONENTS:
We also measured how the CRYORIG C1 affects its surrounding components. This is a little experimental section using the values we’ve attained from HWiNFO and from our temperature gun. These values are taken while the CPU at 4.4GHz is at load with a 100% fan duty cycle.
WRAPPING IT UP:
The CRYORIG C1 is an interesting specimen featuring a well thought out design for slim form factor environments. We often see brands achieving the same feat, but at the cost of a slightly lower performance. With CRYORIG and the C1’s design, performance is still comparable to the tower coolers – with added benefits to cool off the surrounding components due to the nature of its design.
Aesthetics and build quality are top notch and I can easily say it is at the same ball park where NOCTUA currently strides at. Take it as a compliment, especially when there’s only a few on the list. Presentation is also superb – with a bundle of useful accessories at your disposal. At these areas, there’s hardly anything to complain.
Installation is also an aspect of CRYORIG’s design that I applaud the most. The MultiSeg mounting kit is just easy to work with, not really requiring extra effort at the user’s end. After sales is yet to be tested, but that 3 year warranty topped off with another 3 year warranty should you register the product is a value added extra. That’s 6 years of total warranty for a cooler if you hate simple math.
Now 3, 530 PHP seems a little over the top for this cooler, especially if that’s just a few bucks close to CRYORIG’s own R1 Ultimate and Universal. With that in mind, do not forget that this cooler is aimed at the slim form factor market without compromising performance. A niche segment where performance and compatibility are paramount, I must say.
Overall, we felt that the CRYORIG C1 deserves a praise for its overall value as a slim performance oriented SFF cooler. It might be catered specifically for smaller systems, but do not make fun of its slim design. It’s still a performance oriented cooler, that spared no area to slouch at.