Cryorig A80 AIO CPU Cooler

Cryorig A80 Ultimate Top Angled View Even though they have only been around since 2013, thanks to their solid product lineup in the PC cooling arena, Cryorig has quickly become a popular company with hardcore PC enthusiasts. We recently reviewed the Cryorig R1 Ultimate CPU cooler, which due to its amazing performance, style and overall package presented, earned our coveted Editors Choice Award.  The core team at Cryorig are PC enthusiasts and it shows in their products and documentation.  A quick visit to the Cryorig support site provides full documentation on their various products, including compatibility charts and illustrated installation guides.  Cryorig currently offers several CPU coolers, a line of thermal interface material and low noise fans.  Checking reviews of Cryorig products on Amazon and Newegg shows that the company knows how to make a quality product, so we were certainly excited when they announced the product we will be reviewing today, the A80 High Performance AIO CPU Cooler ($124.50 shipped). Cryorig A80 Stock Motherboard Mount Photo w/Pump Fan In late-2015 Cryorig announced that they would be releasing a line of high performance AIO (All-in-one) coolers based around the new Generation Five pump and cold plate from Asetek, who is an extremely popular OEM of AIO coolers.  The Generation Five pump and cold plate represent the latest innovations from Asetek and offers improved performance over their previous units via an improved impeller and motor that increases torque and optimizes liquid routing, while allowing for the same noise levels as their previous generation pump technology. In addition to using the latest technology from Asetek, Cryorig has also introduced a fan to increase airflow around the CPU socket and are thus calling the A80 an HLC (Hybrid Liquid Cooling) system. Cryorig A80 Box Front with marketing literature The Cryorig A80, which we are reviewing today, features a 280 mm radiator and is the highest performance unit in the Cryorig lineup. The A40 and A40 Ultimate are both 240 mm units, with the A40 Ultimate featuring a 38.5 mm thick radiator versus the 27.5 mm thick radiator of the standard A40. With the exception of the radiator size and thickness, there is no difference at all between the various Cryorig AIO units and they all feature the same high quality components and Generation 5 pump and cold plate from Asetek. The crowded segment that is AIO coolers isn't going to be one that Cryorig can enter without providing an innovative product that outperforms competing products, which will mostly be from Corsair and NZXT, whose AIO coolers seem to be favored most among enthusiasts. While the premise of a new pump from the biggest OEM manufacturer of AIO coolers was exciting, Cryorig has taken the time to integrate their technology into the cooler, including their excellent MultiSeg mounting hardware and the previously-mentioned on-pump fan design. From what I could gather, the fan-on-pump design is currently unique to Cryorig, attempting to address an issue that has been present with AIO coolers since their inception, a lack of airflow to cool the components surrounding the CPU socket.  It will be interesting to see how this fan performs during our testing and to see if other manufactures adopt a similar system to Cryorig in their future units. Cryorig A80 Technical Specifications Taking a look at the specification sheet provided on the Cryorig website, we can see that the A80 features a 311 mm long radiator, which accommodates two included 140 mm fans. While the radiator on the A80 is by no means oversized or large, you should check your case for compatibility and clearance. If your case touts support for 280 mm radiators, it should by all means support the A80, as the fans are standard sized and the radiator has a clean profile. The pair of fans included with the A80 are the Cryorig QF140 Performance model, which are capable of being run between 600-1850 RPM with a maximum noise level of 38 dBA, which isn't terribly loud, but far from silent.  Optimally, at their lowest RPM, the fans run at a whisper quiet 13 dBA.  The QF140 fans also feature a capable 2.12 mmH20 static pressure rating, which means they should be able to move air through the dense fins of the radiator without issue. Cryorig A80 Technical Outline Going back to Cryorig being through with their documentation, here is a a chart from the A80 product page that has the dimensions of all of the components included with the A80 so that users can plan out their build and better determine compatibility with their case before purchasing the unit. Again, we see no potential issues installing the A80 in cases that tout support for 280mm radiators, so long as the radiator mount isn't so far away from the CPU that the hoses are stretched beyond their capability. Cryorig has a three year extended warranty One thing that thoroughly impressed us when going through the product specifications and literature was the warranty of the A80. We first noticed the extended warranty when opening the box, being greeted by text on one of the inner box tabs. You get three years of coverage just by purchasing the A80 and keeping hold of the receipt.  That is a pretty good warranty and totally acceptable. However, Cryorig doubles up warranty coverage on the A80 once you register the unit with a unique code that is printed on a registration card that is included in the accessory kit, bringing warranty coverage to six years. I just retired my Intel Core i7-2600K system from daily use and it was close to the six year mark of age, but still running plenty strong. Interestingly, it has an old Asetek-based Corsair AIO on it that is still working great, so we definitely have high hopes that the Asetek-manufactured Cryorig A80 will last for many, many years. Now, let's take a closer look at the packaging and accessories that Cryorig has kitted out with the A80.

Cryorig A80 AIO CPU Cooler - Packaging and Accessories

Cryorig A80 Box Front The front of the A80 box features a foil-stamped Cryorig logo and it would look great on retail shelves. Cryorig typically does very well when it comes to their packaging, using high quality materials and illustrating the product well. There are pronounced pictures of the fans on the radiator along with the new fan-on-pump design of the A80 being the primary focus point. The text on the box notes the new airflow fan and spells out that the A80 has a 280 mm radiator. Cryorig A80 Box Front - 5 Minute Install Cryorig is touting a five minute installation time on the box of the A80, which I think is overly optimistic if customers are going to be installing the system in a case, which a majority of them will be doing. While you can certainly mount the block within five minutes for quick testing purposes, the overall installation time will take much longer, especially if you want to cleanly route the fan and power cables within your case. Cryorig A80 Box Rear -Compatible Sockets The rear of the box points out the various sockets that the A80 is compatible with. Cryorig has done an excellent job of ensuring that all of the most popular sockets and even some that are legacy, such as AM2, are supported. We don't suspect the A80 will be used with many AMD or legacy Intel systems, given its price and high performance branding. After all, the A80 is a premium product all around, including price, and it wouldn't make a lot of sense to spend more on a CPU cooler than was spent on your processor. Cryorig A80 Box Open Inside, Cryorig has packaged the A80 compartment style, with the main unit separated from the accessories. The A80 is packaged well, with the outer box being thick and durable, in addition to the cardboard insert being quite thick and protective. A Styrofoam topper is in place once you've popped the top of the box open, as well, to help keep the internal components safe. We would have liked to see more protection for individual components. The radiator and fans don't have any protective material around them and while the packing should be enough to protect them, it'd be nice to see extra consideration paid to all components. Compared to other AIO units we've seen, the packaging of the A80 is on-par and certainly more than adequate, but it doesn't leave us as impressed as the packaging of the R1 Ultimate. Cryorig Multi-Seg mounting bracket Cryorig has included its MultiSeg mounting bracket with the A80. This is the same exact bracket that they include with the R1 Ultimate and it is one of the most convenient mounting mechanisms we've ever used. The MultiSeg bracket is made of very nice medium carbon steel and is adaptable to LGA775, LGA115x and LGA2011 socket types by merely sliding the posts into the designated area, which is marked on the bracket itself. The medium carbon steel that Cryorig uses on the MultiSeg has very high tensile strength. While there have been issues with heavier heatsinks being mounted on Skylake processors, Cryorig has a page dedicated to this, explaining why the MultiSeg mounting hardware is perfectly compatible with Skylake processors. While I wouldn't typically be concerned about an AIO being too heavy, it is nice to know that Cryorig has already addressed any potential issues. Cryorig A80 Accessory Kit The A80 comes with all of the necessary hardware you will need to install the unit, along with warranty and installation documentation. The accessory bundle has everything you need and nothing else, sitting a bit on the barebones side. This is a fine bundle with quality thumbscrews and mounting materials being used throughout, though it's very basic and bare bones. Cryorig A80 Installation Manuals The installation manuals included with the A80 are illustrated and printed in multiple languages, with one manual including English and Japanese instructions and the other in Deutsch and Polish. The language of the manuals are indicated on the upper right corner of the front page.  The illustrations in the manual are enough to get you started and the installation process is fairly straightforward, with nothing being unique or different from typical AIO installation, besides attachment of the airflow fan on the pump, which the manual goes over in detail. Cryorig A80 Registration Card Cryorig includes the previously-mentioned registration card that entitles the end users to an extended warranty, in addition to other perks, such as product notifications. Registration isn't overly invasive, but does require the end user to provide basic personal information that Cryorig assures will not be sold or shared without your permission. We've found this card with other Cryorig products, including a single XT140 fan I purchased directly from Amazon. Is a registration card necessary? Nope.  Does it give the Cryorig A80 a more premium feel and sense of ownership? Sure does. We definitely like that you can register your product and see how long your warranty terms are for right on their web portal.  Six years of warranty coverage on an AIO cooler is really nice assurance, as the A80 will have warranty coverage for the most of the useful life of whatever system it is installed on. Cryorig A80 accessories The overall accessory package included with the Cryorig A80 is good, though not spectacular. We were honestly a bit surprised to see everything put in one large bag, unlabeled, though the parts are all straightforward to use and there was no confusion as to which screw was which. We would have liked to see some Cryorig stickers or other type of ownership accessory, as this is a premium product.  The included mounting hardware all was high quality and we don't see any potential issues with this hardware over long-term use.  The MultiSeg mounting bracket is a great piece of hardware that we've worked with before and it was nice to see Cryorig implement it with the A80. Given the premium price and aim of the A80, labeled bags for the accessories and screws, or even a re-usable carrying bag with the Cryorig logo would have been awesome to see. Let's take a closer look at the Cryorig A80 and its components, now.

Cryorig A80 AIO CPU Cooler - A Closer Look

Cryorig A80 280 mm radiator The Cryorig A80 features a black aluminum radiator with very nicely machined rows of dense fins. The radiator is 311 mm long, which is a typical size for a radiator that has a 280 mm designation. This radiator has a very clean profile that doesn't extend far beyond the 280 mm area, as well, so it should  fit in pretty much anywhere a 280 mm radiator is supported. Cryorig A80 Radiator Fin Array The overall quality of the radiator included with the A80 is pretty good for an AIO, though working with standalone units from custom loops has left me a bit spoiled and everything wasn't perfect. Cryorig A80 Radiator fin issue We did notice that some of the fins in the array weren't straight, or in the case of one small area, they didn't extend all the way to the end of the row, as shown above in the third row down from the top, with the fins kind of compressed together rather than fully extending into the end of the row. These issues are due to variances in manufacturing and are totally acceptable, though we would be concerned if we saw this happening on various rows on the same radiator. Compared to the radiators included with AIO coolers from Corsair, NZXT and the like, whom are also manufactured by Asetek, the Cryorig A80 radiator is just as good as anything else in the pack. Cryorig A80 Radiator Hoses Flexible black rubber hoses are in use on the A80, with the tubing length coming in at 350 mm, which is just shy of fourteen inches. Looking at competing 280 mm units, we find that the NZXT Kraken X61 has tubing that rings in at sixteen inches. Our Corsair H110I GTX has hoses that ring in at at about twelve inches.  The Cryorig A80 rings in between both of these units and we think that this is actually a perfect balance, as extended tubing can be more difficult to manage, while shorter tubing can lead to kinking or inability to install a radiator in an optimal case location. Cryorig A80 Radiator Hoses and Inlet The hoses included with the A80 are very secure to the radiator and we didn't have any concerns with them coming loose while working on our test bench and moving the unit around.  While this type of rubber tubing can certainly have its benefits and drawbacks, we do prefer it over the harder plastic style tubing used on other AIO units and the tubing that Cryorig is using with the A80 is top notch, though we do prefer the amazing tubing that Corsair is using with their high end units, as it is durable while offering more aesthetic appeal. Cryorig A80 Asetek Generation 5 Pump The recently released Asetek Generation 5 Pump and Cold plate are being used by Cryorig on their entire AIO lineup. The top of the pump features a slot for the airflow fan to be installed, along with a PWM-fan connector to power the fan, but is devoid of any visible branding. Without the fan in place, the top of the pump isn't the most aesthetically pleasing, especially when you consider that units from Corsair and NZXT have RGB lighting with some customization options available. RGB lighting functionality doesn't some to be what Cryorig is focusing on with their products and that is fine, as there are plenty of users who don't want lighting on every component in their system.  The pump comes with the Intel mounting base already installed, lending to even faster installation times for the Intel users out there. Cryorig A80 Cold Plate Bottom The base of pump and cold plate assembly, where contact is made with the CPU, comes with a thermal interface material that has been applied at the factory. The thermal interface material seems to be the typical affair from Asetek, a nicely applied amount of a non-viscous paste that is more than capable of high performance thermal transfer.  There is a thick plastic protector in place on the bottom of the cold plate to keep the thermal interface material from smearing and making a mess. Overall, the surface is very clean, flat and what we expect out of a premium offering from Cryorig. Cryorig A80 Power/Fan connections The power connector for the pump is a SATA connection.  The pump uses this connection for its own power and then splits the connection into the fans, in addition to providing a PWM cable so that the radiator fans can be controlled by the motherboard control software.  There is no USB connection for the Cryorig A80, as it is a software-free solution.  This unfortunately means that advanced pump, airflow fan and radiator fan controls are not available and you will be at the mercy of your motherboard UEFI, some of which are awesome when it comes to fan control setting customization, others of which, not so much. Cryorig QF140 High Performance Fans The QF140 fans are designed for use with radiators, given their optimal static pressure rating. One nice touch is the rubber corners, which should held reduce noise and also reduce pressure on the fan frame, which can sometimes occur when securing fans to a radiator and then screwing in too far, as the plastic of the fan will often flex, allowing users to screw in way past the necessary point. Cryorig A80 QF140 Fan Blades It's a bit tough to pick up in photos, but if you look closely at the blades, the edges are smoothed, which is said to improve airflow by reducing turbulence. The QF140 fans can be tuned for optimal noise to performance ratio, with a 600-1800 RPM range. The noise level is very manageable, producing between 13-38 dBA, depending on the RPM that they are being run at. Cryorig A80 Airflow Fan Here we see the Cryorig airflow fan that is designed to go on the pump. This unit runs between 1500-3000 RPM and features a PWM connector that can slide directly into the top of the pumps power connection, which was designed just for this fan. We are definitely excited to see what kind of performance is offered by this little fan, in addition to seeing how loud it is, as small fans tend to suffer from low noise levels due to their high RPM requirement. Cryorig A80 Cold Plate Base Overall, the Cryorig A80 seems to be a well-made unit with solid components making up the overall package. The small issues with the radiator manufacturing were of minor concern and Cryorig should do all they can to ensure the radiators are manufactured properly and then protected during shipping. The rubber hoses offer a nice amount of flexibility without kinking, in addition to being secured very well to the pump and radiator, though we do like the braided-style rubber hoses that Corsair uses for their aesthetic appeal over these more flexible tubes. We really liked the design of the new Generation 5 Asetek cold plate and pump, as the base was very nicely machined and the overall feel of the pump was very high quality. The non-software approach of the A80 compared to competing units has it free of USB cables and instead using the more traditional method of monitoring and controlling fans through the UEFI or BIOS of your motherboard, which can be beneficial or not, depending on the level of control offered by your motherboard. Let's see how the A80 installation process goes, next.

Cryorig A80 AIO CPU Cooler - Installation

Intel LGA1150 Test Platform
Component Brand/Model Live Pricing


Core I7-4790K


MSI Z97 Gaming 5


Corsair Vengeance LP DDR3 1600MHz 16GB (2x8GB)

OS Drive

Samsung EVO 850 250GB

Power Supply

Corsair RM750

Operating System

Windows 10 64-Bit
Cryorig A80 Radiator fans installed Since we are running outside of a case, no radiator mounting was necessary. Cryorig includes a set of short screws for mounting the radiator to your case, though many users will end up using the fans in a push or pull pattern that omits these screws from the installation. First, we attached the fans to the radiator in a push fashion using the included screws. The braided cables on the QF140 fans are a nice touch that helps a lot with improving looks and assisting with cable management, as well. Once the fans are mounted, the unit looks really good, with the white and black contrasting well. Installing the fans took just a couple of minutes and the radiator screw holes were all machined properly. Once the fans were secured to the radiator, we turned our attention to securing the pump to the motherboard. Cryorig A80 Multi-Seg installed on MSI motherboard The posts were already slid into the proper position for the LGA 115x socket from the factory, though one had slightly come out of place and needed to be pushed back just a bit. Once we verified the posts were in the 115x position, the MultiSeg backplate slid onto the back of our MSI Z97 Gaming 5 motherboard without issue, offering a perfect fit. Cryorig Multi-Seg, fully installed Once you've slid the MultiSeg into the motherboard, you secure it by hand-turning the securing screws onto the posts of the backplate. The whole process is very simple and easy to do, taking just minutes. The MultiSeg backplate is really well-made and and is very stiff, not offering any flex. We've seen competing units use plastic for their backplates and while these plastic backplates are adequate, they do flex and won't offer the longevity or support capability that the MultiSeg hardware does. Also of note, you can install the MultiSeg mount prior to a CPU being installed as it doesn't interfere with the CPU securing mechanism.  Thanks to this design, CPU swaps can be done with the bracket in place and only removing the pump head, making things to be much easier should you decide to do a CPU upgrade down the road. Cryorig A80 CPU Pump, Prior to being secured Once the MultiSeg backplate is installed and you've installed the CPU to the socket if it wasn't already in place, the next step is to attach the pump/block, creating a secure mount to the CPU.  This step is very simple, as the ring mounting bracket for Intel processors is already installed onto the pump/block, allowing the block to be screwed onto the four posts of the backplate.  AMD users will need to swap the mounting hardware on the pump and use the different backplate that Cryorig includes for AMD users, which is also a very high quality piece of hardware. I'm definitely impressed with Cryorig and their mounting system, it's one of the best I've ever used. Cryorig A80 installed, without AF Once the pump is placed, we simply secure it by screwing the hold down screws evenly, so as to not put too much force on one particular corner. Also, just tighten the screws to the point where they stop and don't torque too much, or you will risk snapping the posts. I also plugged in the PWM fan connector to the CPU_FAN1 header at this point, since it was right there. Cryorig A80 VRM clearance The MSI board I use to test doesn't have a ton of clearance, but the Cryorig A80 installed just fine, giving plenty of clearance for the VRM heatsinks and surrounding components. The A80 Airflow Fan is for airflow, man. The Cryorig airflow fan is a beauty, I must say. Once mounted onto the block, it gives the cooler a very unique look that might surprise those who haven't seen the A80 in action before. The fan can go in either a push or pull fashion, but we've opted for push for our testing.  Once the pump/block has been mounted, it must be powered. The Cryorig A80 is relying on a SATA connection to power everything connected to the A80, including the pump and accessory fans.  Thankfully, the cables coming from the pump/block are flat and can be cleanly routed.  We connected the PWM cable directly to the motherboards CPU fan connector so that the fans could be controlled by the MSI Z97 Gaming 5 UEFI. As mentioned, the SATA connection provides all power to the A80 and attached fans, so the PWM cable only serves for fan monitoring and adjustment purposes. Cryorig A80 on MSI Z97 Gaming 5 Overall, the installation process for the A80 is a very straightforward affair, especially for those who have previous experience with installing AIO coolers. The MultiSeg mounting mechanism once again proved to be easy to use and well-manufactured and the included hardware was all machined properly and matched properly with the kit. Let's get down to some stress testing now and see just what the A80 is capable of when facing some stiff competition.

Cryorig A80 AIO CPU Cooler - Prime 95 Temperature Testing Results

Idle results recorded using RealTemp after sitting idle at desktop for 15 minutes. Load temperatures were recorded after running 30 minutes of Prime 95, which is one of the most stressful CPU testing programs out there. All testing was done outside of a case with an ambient room temperature of 72 degrees. We used Antec Formula 7 Nano Diamond thermal compound applied in the pea-method for all testing to ensure results were as accurate and apple-to-apples as possible, as the thermal interface material included with heatsinks and AIO coolers varies from manufacturer to manufacturer and variances in thermal interface material quality can cause performance results to be skewed incorrectly. Let’s take a look at our temperature testing results under stock and overclocked conditions. We tested with the fans set to 100%, to give an idea of the maximum performance the unit is capable of and compare all units at their best possible performance. We tested the Cryorig A80 with the on-pump fan both installed and removed to see what kind of cooling benefits would be provided by the on-pump fan included with the A80, as well. Cryorig R1 Ultimate Stock Results Here, we can see the the Cryorig A80 is able to beat the next best cooler in our lineup, the Corsair H110I GTX, under stock conditions.  This is quite impressive, as the H110I GTX offers what is currently considered to be great performance for a 280 mm AIO unit. Cryorig A80 Prime 95 Overclocked Results Once we crank up the voltage and overclock on our I7 4790K, we see the temperatures rise quite a bit under Prime 95 testing, pushing the CPU close to thermal limits with certain coolers.  The A80 is able to keep the 4790K amazingly cool under the very intense testing, never letting the CPU get above the 75 degree mark, something the other coolers simply aren't capable of.  It only rises two degrees over its stock setting, showing the true efficiency of the A80.  There is definite headroom with the A80 to push more voltage on this CPU and it, along with the Corsair H110I GTX, are the only coolers in our round of testing that could keep the I7 4790K under 80 degrees during the brutal Prime 95 test. cryorig_a80_airflow_fan_results The on-pump airflow fan certainly improved our VRM temperatures in a very noticeable way, but the temperatures weren't in a dangerous territory to begin with.  We can definitely see an argument for this cooler improving potential longevity of the motherboard by reducing the VRM temperatures, but there is a definite noise factor that the end user will need to consider.  We could hear the on-pump fan and it produced the signature noise that small fans are known for and though it wasn't annoying, it was noticeable. When looking at these temperatures, you may think they seem to be high numbers, especially given that we're testing with high performance coolers. Prime 95 simply pushes CPUs to limits that no actual usage scenario will ever achieve. In addition, the Devils Canyon CPU we are using, while featuring some thermal improvements over Haswell iterations, is a very hot running processor. We were able to run at 4.7 GHZ with the A80 and stay 25C under TDP while no other cooler, including the highly rated H110I GTX and Cryorig R1 Ultimate, could do so. The Cryorig A80 gave us ultimate confidence when overclocking our CPU and we are definitely impressed with its performance. Cryorig_A80_R6_Siege_Bench I wanted to see how the A80 would perform during a real world scenario that I would often find myself in, so I installed the unit in top position in my Cooler Master Mastercase 5 and ran a few rounds of Rainbow Six Siege after cranking through the benchmark a couple of times. A check of my CPU temperature chart after a two hour session showed that the CPU peaked at just 53 degrees when using the Cryorig A80 with the UEFI fan profile set to Quiet. This kept the fans at about 30-50% RPM and the noise level was more than acceptable. I couldn't hear the unit operating with my open back Sennheiser HD 558's being worn and sitting just a couple of feet from the case. Unfortunately, the QF140 fans produced an audible click from being installed with the blades down.  It wasn't something that bothered me, but it will definitely be noticeable to picky users. Now, let's go ahead summarize our overall feelings on the Cryorig A80 AIO and see where it stands.

Cryorig A80 AIO CPU Cooler - Conclusion

Cryorig A80 Box with foil logo Cryorig has made a foray into the AIO market and not only was it successful, they've managed to put other manufacturers on notice. Even with the Asetek Generation 5 pump bringing performance enhancements, it is surprising that the A80 is able to outperform the Corsair H110I GTX by a noticeable margin, as they both would seemingly be equally matched coolers. The A80 was able to keep our I7 4790K four degrees cooler than the H110I GTX in our Prime 95 tests. Simply put, the performance provided by the A80 is better than that provided by one of the best AIO's on the market from the long-time fan favorite and it's something to be excited about if you're a fan of high performance cooling, as competition is spurs innovation. Cryorig A80 Radiator with Fans Everything included with the A80 looks great and carries a premium feel, something we've come to expect from Cryorig, even though they've only been around since 2013. The radiator is high quality, with a solid water inlet and outlet, proper finish and nice rows of unbent fins, though we did notice a couple of areas where the fins weren't perfect towards the edge of the radiator. The QF140 fans carry the Cryorig signature look and have an excellent braided sleeve on them that makes it easier to do good looking cable management, along with providing additional protection for the cable from possible nicks. Cryorig has done an amazing job from top to bottom with the overall package of the A80, especially given that this is their first release in the AIO category, though there are some areas for improvement. Cryorig A80 with Airflow Fan While unique, we found that the on-pump cooling fan of the Cryorig A80 was just not providing enough benefit to make the noise production a worthy trade-off. Make no mistake, the fan helps cool the motherboard components and is far from useless. Users who are trying to get the best cooling performance possible will certainly benefit from using the on-pump fan, but our board just didn't run hot enough from the get-go for any cooling improvements to really be of noticeable benefit. Every scenario is different and we can see boards with more extreme power phase and overclocking capabilities being more applicable for use with the on-pump fan. The inability to control the speed of the on-pump fan, radiator fans and pump speed through software was disappointing as well, given that NZXT and Corsair, two of the most popular companies in the AIO game, both have software that is capable of controlling these options and more. We were also disappointed to find that the included QF140 fans produce quite a bit of clicking when run upside down, which is how top mount installs have to run the fans. We've found this issue with many fans, including those included with Corsair AIO's, so its not an issue that only affects Cryorig, but we feel they could have used a different bearing to alleviate this issue. At the end of the day, while the A80 found a home in my personal system, I omitted the on-pump fan, which unfortunately exposes the top of the pump, which isn't aesthetically pleasing, especially compared to units from Corsair and NZXT that sport RGB lighting. Cryorig A80 Box Contents (Stock Photo) If you weren't aware previously, there is no way you would ever believe that the A80 was the first AIO that Cryorig ever released, because its just so well-designed and the overall package just evokes a premium quality not indicative of a rookie. Their decision to go with Asetek as an OEM is a no-brainer, since Asetek owns the patents on so much technology used in AIO coolers and Cryorig doesn't have the resources to simply develop an AIO from the ground-up, which would be a major risk. Since the A80 is what Cryorig was able to produce on their first go around, we are quite excited to see what they do in the future when it comes to AIO coolers. An investment in control software, a unit without the on-pump fan that incorporates RGB lighting instead and an improvement to the fans are all options I can see on future revisions, though I am sure the minds at Cryorig are already spinning. As it stands, the Cryorig A80 offers competition-beating performance in a very attractive package and the drawbacks are far from being deal breakers. When we look at the price of the A80, we see that it is clocking in at $124.45 shipped at Newegg, putting it in the same range as the Corsair H110I GTX, a unit that it is capable of outperforming. While $125 may be prohibitive for many users, it's a totally competitive price given the performance the A80 is capable of, along with the awesome build quality and overall package that Cryorig is providing.  The six year warranty that Cryorig is providing is also very reassuring, making the A80 an even easier recommendation. Given the amazing build quality and performance it is capable of, along with the excellent warranty and support provided by Cryorig, we are happy to award the Cryorig A80 with the Legit Reviews Editors Choice Award. Legit Reviews Editors Choice Award Legit Bottom Line: Leading performance and excellent build quality make the Cryorig A80 a must-consider for those looking for a high performance AIO cooler. Cryorig has taken another step forward with PC enthusiasts and it's refreshing to see the company transform into a force to be reckoned with in the AIO market.