Published on Saturday, 21 May 2016 20:23
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No matter how many times it crosses my mind i still can't believe the number of available CPU cooling solutions in the market today compared to just even 10 years ago (for me that's not a very long time). CPU air coolers and water cooling kits were around back then too (albeit in small numbers) but today thanks to the relatively new AIO liquid coolers consumers can get similar performance to that of a water cooling kit without having to spend much more than what they would for a high-end CPU air cooler (not to mention saving a good amount of interior space in the process). CRYORIG recently released their very own vision of what an AIO liquid CPU cooler should be like and after testing the top-of-the-line and very good A80 Hybrid Liquid Cooler roughly two months ago we just had to take a look at its more affordable and also slightly smaller brother the A40.
Officially founded in 2013, CRYORIG is a fresh new comer to the PC peripherals and Cooling market with a core team of seasoned veterans. The team’s resumes include experiences with renowned brands such as Thermalright, Prolimatech and Phanteks. The members are overclockers and PC modding enthusiasts, with a passion to strive for nothing but the best. With the long experience and drive for innovation and improvement, CRYORIG is about applying RESEARCH and innovative IDEAS making the coolest GEAR possible.
The A80 and A40 Hybrid Liquid Coolers are really not that much different since they are both dual fan models (the A80 is bundled with two 140mm fans whereas the A40 is bundled two 120mm fans) and feature the same pump and the same 70mm high-speed airflow fan. The difference of course has to do with the width and length of the aluminum radiator since the one used in the A80 measures 140/311mm while the one used in the A40 measures 120/272mm. I was a bit surprised to see that CRYORIG used the same thickness for both radiators (actually i was hoping for a thicker one when i reviewed the A80) but it seems that they're aiming at PC cases with not enough clearance space between the mainboard and the radiator mounting areas (not to mention they want more people to be able to use four fans in push and pull configuration). So let’s see how the A40 performs especially compared to its larger brother the A80.