CRYORIG H7 Quad Lumi Heatsink CPU Air Cooler

The CRYORIG H7 Quad Lumi was the first CPU heatsink with software controlled RGB lighting. It has a Hive Fin technology heatsink, four 6mm heatpipes, a nickel plated copper baseplate, and all the frag harder RGB LEGs one could ask for on a heatsink, but will that make it cool our overclocked AMD Ryzen 7 test system? Today we find out.

continued...

CRYORIG H7 Quad Lumi

Article Image

Package & Specs

The H7 Quad Lumi comes in a very attractive box, with the back side loaded with information and specifications. The front of the box is beautifully printed, and boasts the claim of "World's first software controlled RGB cooler." The cooler is allowed to rock in the box a bit, and while our unit arrived with no damage, a bit of foam to stabilize the cooler in the box would go a long ways. Reading the back of the box, Intel socket compatibility is also a bit lacking, with most coolers supporting LGA 1366, and the newer LGA 2066, and you will need CAM software in order to control the LEDs.

Article Image Article Image

Article Image Article Image

Dimensions: (W)123mm x(H)145mm(D)98mm(with fan)

Material: Aluminum with nickel plated copper base

Recommended TDP: 160W

Compatibility:

Intel

  • LGA 2011(v3)
  • LGA 115X
  • AMD

  • AM4
  • AM3(+)
  • AM2(+)
  • FM2(+)
  • FM1
  • Fan:

  • Size: 120mm x 25.4mm
  • Speed:1600 RPM (Max)
  • Air Flow: 49 CFM
  • Static Pressure: 1.65mm-H2O [LI]Noise: 25 dBA (claimed)
  • Contents

    Not many extras are included with the H7 Quad Lumi. You get the cooler and fan assembly, a universal backplate, mounting plates for Intel and AMD sockets, mounting hardware, a generous amount of CRYORIG CP7 CRYO-Paste, clips for adding an additional fan (fan not included), instructions, and a registration card.

    Article Image

    Cold Plate Flatness, Finish and Weight

    Finish on the cold plate is quite nice with only light machining marks apparent. The coldplate is slightly convex. The H7 Quad Lumi uses CRYORIG's proprietary "Convex-Align System," here is what CRYORIG has to say about it:

    CRYORIG’s proprietary Convex-Align System is again featured in the H7 Quad Lumi, allowing for more heatpipes concentrated towards the hot spots on the CPU surface. This grants better heat transfer from the CPU Die to all heatpipes.

    The black top plate with the "CRYORIG" in LEDs is plastic, and somewhat easily removed. CRYORIG's product page lists the weight of the cooler at 585g without fan, and 713g with fan. Our measurements were only 1 gram less than those.

    Article Image Article Image

    Article Image Article Image

    Installation & Contact

    Installation was a little fiddly on our AM4 system. The instructions were good, and have the added feature of a QR code on each step that can be scanned for a video of the process. Here are a few links to the videos we are talking about. Every step in the instructions has one of these QR coded videos. Simply ID the QR with your phone and it will show you a short video on that specific installation step. Examples here, here, here, and here. This is a very cool idea that we would love to see more companies embrace.

    The mounting system is actually two different units. You mount the backplate and mounting bracket, then you mount heatsink to that unit. The H7 Quad Lumi has its own universal backplate which is made from a very stiff plastic. Threaded hold-down mounts with a hexagonal head go through the backplate and motherboard and there is a small plastic tab in the backplate to retain these. These mount our plate on top of the PCB which is what our heatsink is mounted to. In our experience this backplate and mounting plate system did not hold very tightly, and the backplate did hit some of the solder tails on the back of the motherboard, however it is not conductive by design. After installing the backplate and hold-down thumbscrews for the mounting plate, the heatsink is attached to this mounting plate via threaded thumb nuts. However, that is not exactly easy with just two hands.

    On our AM4 system, the heatsink mounting plate does not stand proud of the motherboard far enough to start the threads from the cooler without pushing on it from the bottom of the motherboard. With the case lying down we needed to hold the backplate up against the motherboard in order to get the mounting plate close enough to start the threads of the screws mounted in the cooler base. You will have to either have the motherboard off the motherboard tray or have a tray that gives you access in order to mount this unit. The fan must be removed from the heatsink as well to access the mounting screws.

    Once mounted the coolers screws do not have any springs for retention pressure, these just bottom out. The fan is re-installed using the spring clips, and the RGB LEDs are powered and controlled via CAM software and an internal USB 2.0 header.

    Article Image Article Image

    Article Image Article Image

    You can see our mating footprint below. We mounted several times and were happy with what our results looked like, even with the H7 Quad's slightly convex cold plate. In the pictures you can see where most of the TIM was flowed out and leaves a fairly clean path. Since the heatsink itself only mounts with two machine screws, this makes sense. However you will notice that we can mount the heatsink itself in two directions, 90 degrees of each other. For our initial testing, we mounted our heatsink as you "normally" would, so that the heatsink fan will blow directly into our case exhaust fan. Once we saw our results, we decided to try it both ways, which we will cover more on the next couple of pages.

    Article Image Article Image