Cryorig A40 240mm Hybrid AIO CPU Cooler Review
Peter Donnell / 3 years ago
The AIO market isn’t exactly lacking in competition these days, with seemingly every major brand having some kind of water cooler as part of their range. While many brands use rebranded OEM products, which is fine to a degree, Cryorig are playing their own game with their uniquely designed A-series. We’ve got their new A40 in the eTeknix office today, and it stands out from the crowd thanks to its additional fan on the pump, giving you hybrid air cooling for your motherboard and CPU, a big difference from most AIO coolers which simply cool the CPU and offer no motherboard airflow as you would get with a traditional air cooler.
“Heatpipe based air cooling units provide a great combination of system airflow and CPU cooling. It’s CPU cooling heat capacity however, is limited by the size of the heatsink, and quantity of heatpipes. This creates an upper limit for cooling capacity due to practical size. At CRYORIG, we create solutions for problems. Being experts of air cooling, we thought why not take the best of both worlds, sometimes it is as simple as sticking a fan to it! More airflow, better cooling! Our PWM controlled Airflow fan can modify fan RPM speed based on the heat and processing load of the system.” – Cryorig
Packing a robust 240mm radiator with 2 x QF120 120mm fans, as well as a smaller fan that can be clipped onto the pump, the A40 looks set to be a very competitive cooler, and we’re looking forward to testing just how much it can offer at this price range.
The new design is certainly interesting and is meant to offer airflow over the motherboard to keep other components cool. This is great, as a cooler motherboard can easily mean more stable overclocking, but it also looks pretty unique, and aesthetics are very important for a lot of system builders these days. Check out this simple demo video from Cryorig to see the difference it can make.
Packaging and Accessories
The packaging is very nicely designed, with some stylish images of the cooler, as well as a lot of information on the features and support on offer.
Around the back, all the technical details, socket support, dimensions and more.
In the box, you’ll find a universal backplate for both Intel and AMD sockets, extensive documentation and a warranty card, and AMD locking ring (Intel is pre-installed on the pump), mounting screws, and some very nicely finished thumbscrews for the pump.
There are three fans included in the box, two 2200 RPM PWM fans for the radiator, and that tiny little fan for the pump.
This one can run up to 3000 RPM (PWM) and can be mounted facing towards or away from the motherboard dependant on your systems requirements.