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Air Cooler Challenge – 7 Way Round-Up

Cryorig M9a/M9i

Cryorig supplies its tiny M9 cooler in two versions. M9a is for AMD and M9i is for Intel, however this is LGA115x and not LGA2011. This means the fitting kit supplied with each cooler is specific to one particular socket and as a result it is as simple to install as you might wish, and presumably also saves some money. The M9 is expected in the UK market soon with a target price of £20.

The dual use backplate replaces the stock AMD backplate and is flipped up one way for AMD and the other for Intel. It’s a clever system that allows you to orient the small tower cooler pointing up and down the motherboard or across. To add to our joy the cooler body is slightly offset on its base so you get a few more options about the position of the 92mm fan. A second set of fan mounts are provided however we consider this to be overkill, and if you require a second fan you should probably upgrade your cooler.

While we’re on the subject of the  fan mounting clips it is worth mentioning they are made from very thin wire and are a little awkward to pop into position.

Specification

Intel LGA115x support Yes (Cryorig M9i)
Intel LGA1366 support No
Intel LGA2011 support No
Intel LGA775 support No
AMD AMx/FMx support Yes (Cryorig M9a)
TDP rating 120W
Base of cooler Copper
Heat sink Mini aluminium tower
Heatpipes 3 x 6mm heatpipes
Supplied fans 92mm fan
PWM Yes
Fan speed 600rpm-2,200rpm
Fan bearings Not given
Air flow 48cfm
Noise levels 26.4dBA max
Dimensions 125mm (H) x 102mm (W) x 87mm (D)
Weight 425g
Warranty Three years

Product Shots

KitGuru-Cooler-Round-Up-Cryorig-M9-Box KitGuru-Cooler-Round-Up-Cryorig-M9-Base-2 KitGuru-Cooler-Round-Up-Cryorig-M9-Base KitGuru-Cooler-Round-Up-Cryorig-M9-Sabre-Mounting

KitGuru-Cooler-Round-Up-Cryorig-M9-Z97-Mounting KitGuru-Cooler-Round-Up-Cryorig-M9-Z97-In-place KitGuru-Cooler-Round-Up-Cryorig-M9-Fitted-no-fan KitGuru-Cooler-Round-Up-Cryorig-M9-Fitted

Testing
The tiny Cryorig tower cooler has the lowest TDP in the round-up at 120W yet it performs well. Admittedly we couldn’t test with our Core i7-4820K as it doesn’t have LGA2011 mounts however it did a good job with the FX-8370 and also managed to keep the FX-9590 under control. The temperature figures were very similar to the Alpenfohn Atlas and be quiet! Shadow Rock LP which was unexpected for such a small cooler.

Criorig M9 Temps KitGuru

KitGuru Says: Cryorig M9 is pleasingly capable for such a small and cheap cooler, although it has obvious limitations for overclockers.

Score: 9 out of 10

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