Overview of Intel® Cryo Cooling Technology

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08/30/2021

Intel® Cryo Cooling Technology is a unique combination of software, firmware, and hardware that powers advanced subambient coolers designed to maximize PC performance and overclocking.

Intel Cryo Cooling Technology can achieve temperatures below ambient (room temperature), so cold silicon can reach higher frequencies at lower voltages compared to warm silicon. This helps to reach higher overclocking frequencies unlike previous liquid cooling technologies.

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What does Intel® Cryo Cooling Technology hardware consist of?

The Intel® Cryo Cooling Technology hardware (liquid cooling solution) consists of the following elements, but it depends on partner/vendor implementation:

  • Pump
  • Radiator
  • Heatsink/Cooling block
  • Condensation controller (already installed on the cooling block)
Where can Intel® Cryo Cooling Technology hardware be purchased?

Intel® Cryo Cooling Technology hardware can be purchased from partners/venders such as EK or CoolerMaster.

Where can Intel® Cryo Cooling Technology software be downloaded?

Intel® Cryo Cooling Technology software can be downloaded from vendor sites such as EK or CoolerMaster.

Where can Intel® Cryo Cooling Technology software installation instructions be downloaded?

Intel® Cryo Cooling Technology software installation instructions are provided by the thermal solution vendor. If not, contact the vendor for support.

What are the Intel® Cryo Cooling Technology hardware/software requirements?

Intel® Cryo Cooling Technology hardware/software requires:

  • Hardware (liquid cooling solution from vendor).
  • Software (that be downloaded from vendor site).
  • A compatible 11th and 10th Generation Intel® Core™ unlocked Processors.
  • Intel® Z490 chipset-based motherboards with latest BIOS. Refer to partner/vendor website for compatible motherboards list.
  • Windows® 10 64-bit OS.
  • Refer to the thermal solution vendors for other requirements such as power, USB, and others.
Which CPUs are compatible with Intel® Cryo Cooling Technology?

The CPUs compatible with Intel® Cryo Cooling Technology are: 11th and 10th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors.

10th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors:

  • i9-10900K
  • i9-10900KF
  • i9-10850K
  • i7-10700K
  • i7-10700KF
  • i5-10600K
  • i5-10600KF

11th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors: 

  • i9-11900K
  • i9-11900KF
  • i7-11700K
  • i7-11700KF
  • i5-11600K
  • i5-11600KF
What is the recommended operating mode Intel® Cryo Cooling Technology software?

The recommended operating mode is Cryo. In Cryo mode, it cools below ambient temperature while protecting your system from condensation. This is the recommended mode for additional performance. This mode is indicated by a green icon in the tray.

In Unregulated mode, it cools below ambient temperature with less protection from condensation. In this mode there will be condensation risk on the heatsink surfaces and surroundings due to the low temperature.  It can cause system damage. This mode is indicated by a purple icon in the tray.

Note Unregulated Mode may cause condensation, which could result in an electrical short circuit that can cause damage to your computer or create a safety hazard. To minimize this risk, be sure the CPU shroud provided with your Intel Cryo Cooler Technology is securely installed and forms an airtight seal between the motherboard and the cooler water block.  You must immediately take care of condensation and closely monitor, clean, wick/dry any surfaces that may show signs of condensation. You acknowledge and accept all the risks associated with operating in this mode.

WARNING: Unregulated Mode will try to restrict the minimum CPU temperature from falling below dew point but provides NO WARRANTY that this will be successful in all occurrences.