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Cryorig R1 Ultimate

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R1 Ultimate

Price:  £70.98

Technical Specification 

Dimensions168.3x140x142.4mm (HxWxD)
CPUIntel: 1150, 1151, 1155, 1156, 775, 1366, 2011/v3.  AMD:  FM1, FM2/+, AM2/+, AM3/+
Heat pipes7x6mm copper pipes
FinsFront Stack=42x0.4mm thick, 2.4mm gap.  Rear Stack=53x0.4mm thick, 1.8mm gap
MaterialsAluminium fins, copper base
Fan Speed[email protected]
Noise LevelFront max 23dB(A) Rear fan 23dB(A)
Air FlowFront fan 75CFM Rear Fan 76CFM
Air PressureFront Fan 1.44mmH2O.  Rear Fan 1.44mmH2O


Up Close 

The presentation of the fitting accessories don't half remind us of a Japanese Bento box, both in quality and the way each item is immaculately presented.  You might not get the individual boxes that Noctua offer but to be honest, this solution is just as elegant and actually a tad more practical.  

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So, if you haven't already guessed, the R1 Ultimate is the daddy of the Cryorig line and as such has presented us with the lowest temps of the bunch.  Aside from the black cowling the main difference, and the one that should effect performance is that the Ultimate sports a full depth front fan, which by definition will have an impact of RAM compatibility.

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From an aesthetic standpoint we think it looks a little more "blended" than the universal as there's less tonal difference as you transition through the double club sandwich of fan, cowling and heat sink.  Take a peak underneath the Ultimate and you might be starting to wonder exactly how they've managed to pack seven 6mm full copper heat pipes into such a small area.  We're guessing that Cryorig aren't going to use the following statement as a promotional quote, but we do have to say that the R1 Ultimate appears to be the Sasha Grey of the Cooler world.

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As predicted, the R1 Ultimate does overlap the first RAM slot.  If your RAM is under 30-35mm you can get round this to some extent by shifting the front fan up a little bit, although this will of course affect aesthetics.  We have to admit though that it does look rather at home in the new CoolerMaster MasterCase Pro5 test case.  The NH-D15 may take the performance crown, but the R1 Ultimate is only 0.25 of a degree behind it, which is so little as makes no difference.  What does make a difference though is that the Ultimate is simply stunning to look at and will compliment the inside of your case as opposed to clashing with it.  If it were me, I'd go for the R1 ultimate over the D15 any day.

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Most Recent Comments

10-08-2016, 14:32:21

Had a quick look..
dont see any AIO's in there as a comparison.. I think it would have been nice to see atleast 1-2 of the most popular ones in there, it would just round out the comparisons a bit better imo if you also factor noise efficiency and redundancy.Quote

10-08-2016, 14:36:41

Great article, good to see my D15 is still a beast in the air cooled department.

One small thing, while reading the D15 page I couldn't help but notice something wrong.

With the front fan installed you are though limited to standard height RAM.
This is actually not the case, the fan can be positioned forward due to the design of the mounting which allows for big RAM if you have the case clearance for the fan to protrude off the cooler.Quote

10-08-2016, 14:52:00

That explains all the hype around the Cryorig lot, good prices and performance there. Great to see so many all together in one place for comparison.Quote

10-08-2016, 14:53:46

The BeQuiet coolers are meant to be tightened from the back of the motherboard, not above and between the fins. No wonder you found it hard to do.. If you are saying that poor fitting is the reason they don't perform well, then the test results are not representative of the coolers performance.Quote

10-08-2016, 15:08:21

I bought the Be Quiet Dark Rock TF for the looks for the Lian Li Q10 build - was supriced that it placed so low.

Have the Raijintek Pallas on my living room rig cooling a G3258 and I thought it was great.Quote

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