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March 31, 2015

Unboxing & Review: CRYORIG C1

By: Low Chern Lin

CRYORIG may be a new comer in the high end CPU cooler market, but the fact that they delivered surprisingly good high performance CPU coolers, it's as if they've been on the market for years. It first caught our attention back in 2014 when the CRYORIG C1 is announced, mainly because of its unique name and design.

Great thanks to CRYORIG and IdealTech in provision of the CRYORIG C1 CPU cooler for today's review. The SRP is yet to be decided while we prepare this article, so let us proceed with the review and see what the CRYORIG C1 is capable of.  

(SRP of the CRYORIG C1 is at RM249 and can be purchased from your trusted gaming rig builder Ideal Tech.)



CRYORIG has everything made to be the best, even the packaging itself packs pure awesomeness. 

The model name is printed with reflective material.

Both specifications of the heatsink and XT140 fan is briefly described at the left side of the box.

At the right side of the box you'll find some highlighted features of the cooler.

The cooler and accessories is packed separately in 2 individual boxes. 


The content of the accessories box:

  • Product registration card
  • Alcohol swab
  • Installation guide
  • CRYORIG CP9 thermal paste
  • Mounting bracket for Intel socket 775/115x/1366/2011 and AMD FM1, FM2/+, AM2/+, AM3/+

The included XT140 fan is a 140mm slim type fan, it does somehow reminded us of the Prolimatech USV14 140mm slim type fan that we reviewed earlier.

Sleeved cables gives not only a touch of premium to a cooling fan, but also offers easier cable management.

There's even rubber pads on the edges to help absorb vibrations generated by the fan itself for better acoustic performance. 

Closer Look

At only 74mm tall, the CRYORIG C1 is made highly compatible with almost any chassis out there. Notice that at the side of the white colored frame, you'll find curves which is specially made for mounting fans with CRYORIG fan clip in the best position.

As fan clips doesn't actually comes with the cooler, the cooling fan is to be installed with the screws provided. 

As installation has to be done with securing the screws from the top, you'll have to save the fan installation for the last.

Traits of high end CPU coolers can be seen from the bottom of the cooler that featured a nickel plated copper base with 6 nickel plated copper heatpipes protruding from it. This is CRYORIG's cooling formula for the CRYORIG C1 - let's hope that it will perform just as good as well.


Start off by aligning the screws on the backplate to the intended socket size.

Once the backplate is ready, secure the standoffs screws to the screws from the backplate to keep it in place.

Place the retention bracket through the standoffs screws and secure it with the included thumb nuts. That's pretty much it for the retention, now to mount the cooler onto the CPU!

You can mount it either way, with the heatsink fins on top of the memory slot (low profile memory kit) or the other way around (tall memory kit).

The spaces in between is just about right if you're using low profile memory kit. The low profile Kingston HyperX Savage fits this setup just right.

If you're using tall memory kits, you can install the heatsink in the opposite direction for the tall heatsinks to fit.

The clearance seems fine at this point and you can have tall memory kit installed without any issue.

Once the mounting screws is aligned, you can secure the screws with the screw driver included in the accessories box, but do be extra careful to not to over tighten the screws as it might damage your CPU, socket or even lead to a no POST condition.

Once the heatsink is secured, you're ready to install the fan and get your system kicking.

Performance Test

Test Rig Configuration
CPU Cooler
Intel Core i7 4790K
ASUS Z97-Pro Gamer
G.Skill TridentX @2400MHz
Primary Hard Drive
Crucial M500 120GB
Power Supply
be quiet! Straight Power 10 600W
Bitfenix Shadow

Moving on to the performance test, we ran the CPU stress test utility Prime95 with the option 'In-place large FFTs' for maximum heat from the CPU. Our room temperature throughout the test is 30ÂșC in average and the stress test is repeated for several times in order to get a stable and consistent temperature reading. The final result is presented in the graph as below:

The performance looks good from the start, as our i7 4790K cooled by the CRYORIG C1 peaked at 73°C, 13°C cooler compared to the Intel stock cooler which peaked at 86°C. When we heated up our Intel i7 4790K by raising the clock to 4.6GHz (which is the limit for our CPU before hitting TJMAX), the Intel stock cooler failed almost in an instance with temperature peaked at 98°C. The CRYORIG C1 on the other hand, survived the test with peak temperature of 86°C. 


Installation was a breeze, especially for the retention bracket that can be easily installed without any use of tools. The only step that requires a tool is to secure the heatsink to the retention bracket and mounting a cooling fan to the heatsink. RAM clearance scored a perfect 10 out of 10, as switching the orientation of the heatsink itself will allow pretty much any type of RAM to fit without any issue.

Performance wise, the CRYORIG C1 did a pretty good job in shaving away that extra 12°~13°C from our overclocked i7 4790K (4.6GHz) compared to the result from the Intel stock cooler. Although we're not using a SFF / HTPC chassis for this test (which the CRYORIG C1 was actually meant for), the Bitfenix Shadow's lower airflow will behave nearly as same. 

If you're planning go for a low profile CPU cooler for that extra draft of air towards the motherboard of your small form factor / HTPC rig, we would recommend to consider the CRYORIG C1 - a very capable low profile cooler that perform just as good as it looks. 


  • Great clearance for tall RAM
  • Quiet operation even on load
  • Easy to install
  • Excellent build quality
  • Provides extra down-drafts to motherboard

  • Costly

March 25, 2015

Apacer Launches “BLADE” DDR4 Overclocking Memory Module Flagship Specification and Clock Rate Up to 3300 MHz

By: Low Chern Lin

With a tactical saber in hand, the strongest survivor in the battle can draw on minimal resources to turn it around and win victory. Apacer launches cross-generation DDR4 flagship – “BLADE” DDR4 overclocking memory module, which is compatible with Intel® Haswell-E processor and X99 chipset and boasts a clock rate up to 3300 MHz, providing unprecedented computing performance and energy-saving efficiency. The unique “saber-type” design of heat spreader achieves excellent heat dissipation efficiency, which ensures stable high-speed computing. Whether in win-lose battles of eSports or fierce overclocking competitions, “BLADE” series always secure players’ victory!

Flagship “BLADE” DDR4 overclocking memory with a clock rate up to 3300 MHz
The industry-wide transition of the system memory as expected by players is to be achieved by Apacer “BLADE” DDR4 overclocking memory module! As a smash hit following “Commando” DDR4 overclocking memory module by Apacer, “BLADE” offers the most powerful weapon in the eSports and overclocking industry with top specifications, and provides eSports experts and overclocking players with more diverse product choices.

The “BLADE” series is well compatible with latest generation Intel® X99 chipset and Haswell-E processor as well as fully compatible with new generation X99 motherboard of leading manufacturers such as ASUS, GIGABYTE, ASRock and MSI. Besides, it provides diverse performance options including DDR4 2400/2666/2800/3000/3200/3300 MHz. With the support from Apacer R&D quality and latest technology, both performance and bandwidth are up 50% compared with that of DDR3. In addition, it supports Intel® XMP 2.0 overclocking technology. As a result, desirable overclocking performance can be achieved by simple operation, and everybody can become overclocking expert!

With advanced cross-generation technology, Apacer “BLADE” DDR4 overclocking memory module boasts such advantages as low energy consumption and high reliability, which save energy up to 40% and effectively improve system stability and reliability, making it the best choice for eSports platform and overclocking computer. Available in capacities of 4GB and 8GB, “BLADE” DDR4 can provide a capacity up to 64GB by adopting X99 motherboard, which allows easy processing of latest 3D games or multiple computing.

Saber-type heat dissipation promises excellent performance
Apacer “BLADE” DDR4 overclocking memory module adopts saber-type heat spreader. Its excellent heat dissipation performance brings broader overclocking potential. Besides, it can be equipped with individual machine design to create exclusive “battle” equipment. The built-in heat spreader brings superior heat dissipation performance via the design such as 3D saw and Diamond High Bright Cutting blade. Besides, the weight of metal fins well shows its stability, reliability and trustworthiness, which makes it the prime choice for new generation game player and over-clocking experts!

Specifications of Apacer “BLADE” DDR4 Overclocking Memory Module

CL Timing
2400 MHz
2666 MHz
2800 MHz
3000 MHz
3200 MHz
3300 MHz

Unboxing & Review: Corsair Gaming Sabre Laser RGB Gaming Mouse

By: Low Chern Lin

Corsair's attempt to create a separated brand for its own gaming peripheral few months ago has been a central issue among the die hard fans of Corsair. Some were upset by its new logo design, as they claimed that the original sail logo looks more authentic compared to the dual pirate sword logo. 

Instead of reviewing the logo itself, we have the Corsair Gaming Sabre Laser RGB Gaming Mouse here today, courtesy of Corsair Malaysia and Cudo Technologies (M) Sdn. Bhd. The Sabre RGB Laser is retailed at RM239 and we must say that's a pretty decent price for a laser sensor mouse from Corsair - the price is right now and all's left now is its performance, which we'll be finding that out in this review!



The packaging is very identical to the Sabre Optical RGB we've previously reviewed, except for the brief description which stated 8200 dpi laser sensor, etc. 

At the back of the box you'll find diagrams with all the buttons, LED with its function labelled.

Opens up the lid and you'll find more features of the mouse described on the inner lid, here we can see the customizable backlighting briefly described.

Aside of the essential user's guide and the mouse itself, there's no traces of other accessories included with the Sabre Laser RGB.

Since the gold plated USB connector doesn't really serves any purpose aside of aesthetics, Corsair has ditched it and focuses more on quality USB connectors - bright color, unique and easily distinguishable connectors so you won't be unplugging the wrong device.

Braided sleeves gives extra strength and protection to the cable itself, while the velcro strap helps to keep those lengthy cables tied up well for the easy of transport, especially for those who travels a lot with their preferred gaming peripherals. 

Right hand ergonomic design does provide better and comfortable grip compared to traditional mouse design, but we find the Sabre Laser RGB a little small for those with large palm. 

The rear end of the mouse is the illuminated Corsair Gaming logo which can be customized with the CUE (Corsair Utility Engine).

There's a tons of color and few modes you can choose from the software.

The front of the mouse you'll find the scroll wheel that gives a pretty solid click and pleasant scroll, macro button in the middle with no function by default, 5 level DPI toggle buttons right next to the left click. 

As a FPS gamer ourselves, we find the location of the DPI toggle button very useful as we can gain faster access to DPI adjustments for different aiming purposes compared to the traditional middle DPI toggle button design. 

The scroll wheel can be customized as well with your preferred lighting mode and color, so does the LEDs which located just below the left click.

Side buttons has been very common nowadays, the click does feels pretty good despite of its smaller size.

A minor downside we find here - Although we're seeing a RGB LED used on the DPI toggling buttons, the software doesn't seems to allows us to do any changes to it.

Here's last but not least, the bottom of the mouse. We're seeing 3 pieces of mouse glides here which we believe is made of teflon material and it glides pretty well on both cloth mat and hard mat.

Since there's no drivers CD that came along with the box, you will have to download it from here.

Profiles: Assignment

Starting with the first tab, profiles. Here you'll be able to create a new profile which you can include few modes within. A brief idea to clear things up for profile an modes, we have a profile for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare with few modes which we preferred when we're playing the game.

There are a total of 8 buttons on the mouse itself which can be customized.

You can assign macros, text output, keystrokes, shortcuts to execute programs etc, DPI modes, timer, basic function of a mouse incase if you accidentally messed up the buttons, media controls for media playback controls. 

You can even assign a button that act as a mode toggle to allows switching between designated modes, a very useful feature for FPS gamers who plays multiple roles in the team.

Works well with the mode toggling, the profile switching allows you to toggle between profiles when you're switching to other games/tasks with only one click. You can pair this feature with the mode toggling to what suits you best.

You can even map a keyboard key to the designated button according to your needs.


The lighting tab is pretty much self-explanatory, you can assign customized lighting modes to all LED (except for DPI indicator LED) from the list of lighting effects that you've created or imported with a simple drag and drop action.

Performance & DPI tab allows you to customize not only the DPI of each levels (total of 5), but also the DPI for sniper mode, pointer speed. Angle snapping has been a widely debated to enable or not to enable feature among the gamers. We've came across many gaming mouse with this feature and we did find noticeable improvement in horizontal movement, but at the same time we noticed issue with non-straight line movement which somewhat affected our spontaneous aiming movement. 


Although there's a total of 4 lighting modes available here, we've noticed that the only usable lighting modes here is the solid and gradient mode after numerous failed attempt to assign both ripple and wave mode to any of the LEDs on the Sabre Laser RGB.

Solid mode's color switching : instant color change without any dimming or fading effect.

Gradient mode : color switching that fades and switch to the next color.

Settings: Device

Disable device lighting, polling rate adjustment and firmware update can be done here.

Software update, OSD settings, macro recording and media player support can be done here.

If you have any doubts or trouble dealing with the mouse, you can get both technical support and online support here.


Game Test

For game test, we've tested the Sabre Laser RGB for hours with Far Cry 4. 

  • Glide: The Sabre Laser RGB glides well on both cloth mat and hard mat, a very enjoyable gaming session without any stutters.
  • Grip: The right hand ergonomics design is pretty good, we're able to grip firmly to the mouse with minimal mistakes during very tensed scene with requires very fast mouse movement. The only issue here is the resting area for both pinky and ring finger is a little short for our large palm.
  • DPI Buttons: Personally we find that the DPI toggle button is very well placed because it's easily reachable with minimal movement on the index finger (double thumbs up for this)
  • Weight: The weight is a little light to our preference, but the difference is hardly noticeable when you're too busy with multiple enemies that tries to kill you.


We're surprised by the non-functional wave and ripple mode, really. We've spend quite an amount of time trying to customize both wave and ripple mode but ended up with disappointment after knowing that both modes is not available on the Sabre Laser RGB. Instead of disabling (greying out) the selection in assignment tab, the option for ripple and wave in lighting customization should be disabled as well - since it's not available, why bother having it enabled?

Instead of different color combinations or fading colors, we've decided to have fun with something else. It's not a legit result as the LED doesn't actually blinks to the music, but rather to the bpm that we've planned.

In terms of aesthetic aspects, Corsair has pretty much nailed it with the Sabre Laser RGB. It's already a good looking mouse even without the customizable RGB lighting, having it is an additional point for it.

Build quality is good in overall, except for the now common rubberized surface wears out pretty fast in the hands of those who sweat a lot on the palm. Extra care has to be taken if you do not wish to ended up with a sticky Sabre Laser RGB in short term. Personally we would prefer matte plastic surface that gives a reasonable grip and last longer compared to soft rubberized surface that wears out / turns sticky overtime.

Performance wise, the laser sensor of the Sabre Laser RGB is capable of up to 8200 dpi in which given users a wider range of selection in terms of DPI preferences. The DPI toggle buttons is something worth to highlight, as by far we hasn't came across any gaming mouse with DPI toggle buttons which can be easily reachable like the Sabre Laser RGB. To make it short, the Sabre Laser RGB is indeed specially tailored for FPS gamers, but it'll be better if we can have adjustable weight on it.

Corsair Utility Engine may be an awesome feature-rich software to have but it's definitely not the best when it comes to user friendliness. While a lot of things can be done with it, users who isn't familiar with gaming peripherals software used to setting up macros will have major issue in exploring the software due to its complexity. 

Having both pros and cons measured, we would say the Sabre Laser RGB a worthy mouse to own if one would take the time to explore the Corsair Utility Engine thoroughly, not only as a gaming mouse but also a casual mouse for daily usage to make your life easier in some ways.


  • Reasonable price for what it has to offer
  • Wide range of DPI
  • Tracks well on both cloth and hard mat
  • Comfortable even after long periods
  • Rich featured software (CUE)


  • Limited lighting feature
  • You will find ring finger and pinky to have limited rest area if you have large palm  
Personal thoughts
It'll be great if variable weight, matte plastic surface can be considered