Cooler Master Cryofuze Violet Review – More Than What Specs Say
Cooler Master's Cryofuze Violet is, on paper, one of their best thermal paste on offer. Can it handle the heat?
+ Easy application
+ Included scraper & cleaner
+ Works well with 250W+ TDP CPUs
+ Respectable price-to-performance
- Performs more or less the same as MasterGel Maker despite better specs on paper
Cooler Master has sent us their latest creation in the thermal paste department, in this case the Cryofuze Violet. It’s among the most heat-conductive thermal paste so far (on paper), so let’s see if it can truly handle the heat.
Most Cooler Master thermal pastes comes with a plastic packaging with the thermal paste itself visible right at the front, but for this Cryofuze they went with a box packaging instead. While not explicitly mentioning the company’s 30th anniversary, the packaging does fit the new design language at least.
Opening the box you get three things: the Cryofuze Violet itself, scraper to flatten the paste for full die coverage, then the alcohol-based grease cleaner. The tube itself has a sealed plastic wrap that needs knife to cut it open, but I’d like to see if they can do away with the plastic wrap – saves the material and the planet too.
Cooler Master has transitioned some of its products (such as MasterGel) to the flat tube shape which can double up as a scraper in itself, however that shape to me is a bit more difficult to determine the amount of paste needed to apply on the die (though I can see CM may save some material by integrating the scraper into the tube itself). I’d still prefer traditional cylindrical-shaped syringes and have a separate scraper if I need to flatten the paste for proper die coverage, like in this case.
As it says in the name, it’s purple (or violet, I guess). Since the LGA1700 socket is in a rectangular shape, I opted to apply the Cryofuze Violet in a straight line which gives it enough coverage over the die surface. The CPU in question is the Intel Core i9-13900K, a 253W monster capable of pushing most high-end coolers, and anything in between, to their limits.
|Thermal Paste||Cooler Master Cryofuze Violet||Cooler Master MasterGel Maker|
|Thermal Conductivity||12.6 W/mK||11 W/mK|
|Specific Gravity||3.0g/cm³ (25°C)||2.6g/cm³ (25°C)|
|Volume / Weight||0.7ml (2g)||1.5ml|
|CPU||Intel Core i9-13900K|
|Cooling||ASUS ROG Ryujin II 360 AIO
Cooler Master Cryofuze Violet
|Motherboard||ASUS ROG Maximus Z790 HERO|
|GPU||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Founders Edition|
|Memory||Kingston FURY RENEGADE RGB DDR5-6400 CL32 (2x16GB)|
|Storage||Samsung SSD 980 PRO 256GB (Boot)
Kingston NV1 1TB
|Power Supply||Cooler Master MWE Gold 1250 V2 Full Modular 1250W|
|Case||VECTOR Bench Case (Open-air chassis)|
|Operating System||Windows 11 Pro 22H2|
With both thermal paste applied (on two separate runs, of course), we put them on a 10-minute Cinebench R23 run which cranks the Intel Core i9 to its full 253 watts of power. Despite the better specs from Cryofuze on paper (better heat conductivity) – the MasterGel Maker has in fact edged out the Cryofuze by a miniscule 1°C on average, with its slightly “worse” specs.
A lot of things can go into affecting a thermal paste’s performance, including viscosity, density and more, some of which manufacturer never publicize the data with – all of which can affect thermal paste’s performance on a case-by-case basis. Still, despite that, the Cryofuze can still manage the hottest CPU in town just fine. There are still redeeming qualities for this purple paste, which we’ll talk about shortly.
Cooler Master’s Cryofuze Violet is an interesting looking product, to say the least. Oddly, despite its better specs on paper – the venerable MasterGel Maker still gets a better overall performance, at least with our Core i9-13900K here. Though given the temperature difference are very small between the two, I’d call it a tie for the most part.
So, what’s the killer feature you might ask? The price. The Cryofuze Violet officially is priced at RM29.00 (you may find listings on the lower end of RM20 at times) – not the cheapest, but for its performance it’s fairly respectable in value. On the other hand, the MasterGel is priced at RM39.00 (surprisingly) so you’re actually getting a better value out of the Cryofuze Violet instead. That being said, the MasterGel offers more volume for the price: however if volume is not part of your concern, perhaps the Cryofuze Violet may be the better option, value-wise.
Special thanks to Cooler Master Malaysia for providing us Cryofuze Violet for the purpose of this review.