Overall and Final Verdict
When you are building a small form factor build, it is easy to get excited about finding the right case, and all of the flashy hardware and forget that you have to keep everything cool. The Cryorig C7 helped a lot with that, you could basically know that in any case, you could get at least competent cooling, but there weren’t really any options that would perform better. So seeing Cryorig come out with the C7 Cu I was really excited to see just how well it would perform. Given it is the same design with the same fan, just made of copper I didn’t expect more than a degree or two, but I was happy to find that on average across all of our CPUs it performed 3 degrees cooler. Copper helped a lot there, but it also looks amazing and given the C7’s size it doesn’t add a lot of weight that you might have to worry about it damaging your motherboard later if you are transporting the system.
The big thing for me though, when compared to the Noctua NH-L9 coolers that I do like a lot, the C7 and C7 Cu both have support for AMD and Intel out of the box. Noctua sells those heatsinks as an Intel or AMD heatsink and you can get brackets to switch later but they don’t come with it. Now the NH-L9 coolers are 10mm thinner and much quieter. But if you need pure performance the C7 Cu is the way to go. You also get a full tube of thermal paste to use in the future. As for things I would like to see improved. I’m still a little unsure on the white fan shroud, it looks good with the copper but I think an all black fan might look better. Plus that would match more builds. I also think Cryorig could work on getting a more mirror-like finish on the contact surface, maybe they could edge out even more cooling performance with that. If nothing else, it would make the cooler feel more like the premium product that it is with that.
The other thing we need to take a look at is the overall price. The C7 Cu comes in with an MSRP of $49.95 and as of right now it is hit and miss on if you can find one to buy. They sell out quickly, or they raise the price up (right now someone is selling them for almost $70 on Amazon, its crazy). The normal C7 will cost you $29.99 and the Noctua NH-L9 coolers are around $39.90. So you are paying a premium for the all copper design, and that is to be expected as copper is expensive. Is it worth the higher price? Well, the way I look at it, you have cheaper options available with good cooling performance, but if you can’t fit a larger heatsink or water cooling and you need the best possible cooling $49.95 isn’t a bad price for that. That is of course if you can find one at that price.
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