Cryorig R1 Ultimate Dual-Tower CPU Cooler Review

Test Results, And Final Analysis

We retain the hardware configuration from previous big cooler reviews to maintain result consistency. It includes a Core i7-5930K at a very small overclock using a very moderate voltage level inside a very well ventilated Corsair 760T case. The motherboard is set to a 115°C throttle point, and temperatures in the chart are above ambient (the thermal reading, minus the room temperature).

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With the same height and width as Cryorig’s R1 Ultimate, the Dark Rock Pro 3 from be quiet! is its closest competitor. Keeping in mind that many of our readers overclock to save money, Cooler Master’s MasterAir Pro 4 and DeepCool’s Gammaxx 400 stand in as low-cost alternatives.

The Cryorig R1 Ultimate lives up to its name in cooling, producing lower temperatures than the Dark Rock Pro 3. The far cheaper Gammaxx 400 appears to be lurking for a value score, however.

The R1 Ultimate runs at far lower fans speeds than the Dark Rock Pro 3. Might Cryorig be quieter than be quiet!?

With 11 highly curved fins, the R1 Ultimate’s fans are designed for greater pressure than the faster model from be quiet! They also make more noise.

Even though the R1 Ultimate cools better, its higher noise level gives it a lower cooling-to-noise ratio compared to the Dark Rock Pro 3. This is the ultimate test of overall performance, since we’ve seen undersized coolers use fans up to twice as fast to produce marginal cooling numbers.

The R1 Ultimate costs about as much as the Dark Rock Pro 3, and thus scores a little lower in value because of its lower cooling-to-noise ratio. Its top cooling deserves some kind of award, in spite of the fact that it can’t even touch a good $40 cooler in value. Some users really need that extra cooling, and we approve the Cryorig R1 Ultimate for that purpose.

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  • Dark Lord of Tech
    Great cooler , I own it , prefer them over Noctua and Phanteks.
  • Ne0Wolf7
    I still cant get oer how the $20 Gamaxx compeats with the almost $100 beasts of coolers
  • Dark Lord of Tech
    Deepcool ASSASSIN is another beast.
  • firefoxx04
    How can you review this cooler without pairing it against the D15 and whatever Phanteks has to offer?
  • Chris Droste
    I've had this cooler for over a year in a much less ventilated case in the review and it's so quiet I've had to double-check to see if my computer's running. the fans on my 390X are louder in comparison, and for looks and quality it's second-to-none. I am so impressed by it overall that I may personally buy a new set of fans and use it on a future build, and I never typically reuse fans/cooling components!
  • Dark Lord of Tech
    Here's mine:
  • DookieDraws
    I recently bought the Cyrorig H7 and it's a very nice and quiet cooler. Performs well and looks great! Cryorig is doing great things.
  • Dark Lord of Tech
    I agree , I own 5 of their coolers , great quality easy to install.
  • rad666
    I have an H5 Universal on a 6800k (no OC at this time) and I love it. Quiet and effective coolers from this company.
  • DookieDraws
    276663 said:
    I agree , I own 5 of their coolers , great quality easy to install.


    Which others do you own?

    I will occasionally be traveling with my pc to a friends house for some gaming, so I didn't want a huge cooler. I have concerns about the weight of the larger coolers. Heck, the H7 feels a little heavy, but it's not too bad. I almost went with the M9i before FINALLY settling on the H7. Very happy with my decision.

    Cryorig is supposed to release the H7 Quad Lumi at anytime. An upgraded H7. I don't particularly care for the LED lighting it will have, but there will be an additional heat pipe and supposedly better mounting system.
  • sephirotic
    How god damn much is 49 "ounces"? Stop using imperial, thank you.
  • Crashman
    211300 said:
    How can you review this cooler without pairing it against the D15 and whatever Phanteks has to offer?
    NH-D15 came out to 50° over-ambient. Phanteks hasn't sent a big one since the D14 doppleganger, those two are about 2° warmer still.
    212965 said:
    How god damn much is 49 "ounces"? Stop using imperial, thank you.
    How much did it cost to Google it and come up with 1.389kg? It comes up before you even hit "enter".
  • DookieDraws
    212965 said:
    How god damn much is 49 "ounces"? Stop using imperial, thank you.


    I guess it was just way too much trouble to Google for that information? :lol:

    49 ounces = 3.0625 pounds
  • DookieDraws
    8708 said:
    212965 said:
    How god damn much is 49 "ounces"? Stop using imperial, thank you.
    How much did it cost to Google it and come up with 1.389kg? It comes up before you even hit "enter".


    You replied while I was in the process of responding and thinking of a nice way to respond. :D

    Google <-----------<<< It does a mind good! :na:
  • gergguy
    I have one and love it. Most coolers are such a pain to install. Cryorig did a fantastic job on the design, install couldn't be easier and it keeps my OCed CPU cool.

    http://cdn.pcpartpicker.com/static/forever/images/userbuild/174475.69ff80bf53ff080ee471e9f7ebf41fde.1600.jpg
  • Dark Lord of Tech
    34515 said:
    276663 said:
    I agree , I own 5 of their coolers , great quality easy to install.
    Which others do you own? I will occasionally be traveling with my pc to a friends house for some gaming, so I didn't want a huge cooler. I have concerns about the weight of the larger coolers. Heck, the H7 feels a little heavy, but it's not too bad. I almost went with the M9i before FINALLY settling on the H7. Very happy with my decision. Cryorig is supposed to release the H7 Quad Lumi at anytime. An upgraded H7. I don't particularly care for the LED lighting it will have, but there will be an additional heat pipe and supposedly better mounting system.


    I own the R1 Ultimate , 2 H5 Universals , 1 Cryorig H7 , and One Cryorig C7.
  • photonboy
    I bet the 2nd fan doesn't make much difference. For my Noctua NH-D14 I removed the second fan and used it for a case fan because it made no noticeable difference.
  • SCANNERMAN777
    276663 said:
    Great cooler , I own it , prefer them over Noctua and Phanteks.


    :lol: Try using Corsair Dominator ram with that. Noctua has tower coolers that allow for high profile ram plus the additional ram fans that come with it. This one looks to be a low profile cooler. Not always the best choice.
  • DookieDraws
    67821 said:
    I bet the 2nd fan doesn't make much difference. For my Noctua NH-D14 I removed the second fan and used it for a case fan because it made no noticeable difference.


    I can't think of ever seeing any reviews of air coolers where a second fan made much, if any difference at all. Maybe it would on some really crazy overclocked system, but I dunno.
  • zon
    I own the AIO A40 Ultimate. Very nice and quite cooler.
  • Dark Lord of Tech
    2225309 said:
    276663 said:
    Great cooler , I own it , prefer them over Noctua and Phanteks.
    :lol: Try using Corsair Dominator ram with that. Noctua has tower coolers that allow for high profile ram plus the additional ram fans that come with it. This one looks to be a low profile cooler. Not always the best choice.


    Cryorig has the R1 Universal , 0 ram interference and out performs Noctua and Phanteks.
  • SCANNERMAN777
    276663 said:
    2225309 said:
    276663 said:
    Great cooler , I own it , prefer them over Noctua and Phanteks.
    :lol: Try using Corsair Dominator ram with that. Noctua has tower coolers that allow for high profile ram plus the additional ram fans that come with it. This one looks to be a low profile cooler. Not always the best choice.
    Cryorig has the R1 Universal , 0 ram interference and out performs Noctua and Phanteks.


    Judging by what I see in that picture there would be a great deal of interference with Ram like this unless you want to exclude the fans that come with the ram. http://www.legitreviews.com/corsair-dominator-platinum-3200mhz-ddr4-memory-kit-review_152008
  • alidan
    34515 said:
    67821 said:
    I bet the 2nd fan doesn't make much difference. For my Noctua NH-D14 I removed the second fan and used it for a case fan because it made no noticeable difference.
    I can't think of ever seeing any reviews of air coolers where a second fan made much, if any difference at all. Maybe it would on some really crazy overclocked system, but I dunno.


    Personally, I always see 2 fan solutions as redundant ones, so if one fan dies when you use the computer 24/7 it doesn't die out mid render when you are using 100% of your cpu and need a fan to cool it.
  • sunny420
    "gergguy Dec 31, 2016, 9:21 AM
    I have one and love it. Most coolers are such a pain to install. Cryorig did a fantastic job on the design, install couldn't be easier and it keeps my OCed CPU cool.

    http://cdn.pcpartpicker.com/static/forever/images/userbuild/174475.69ff80bf53ff080ee471e9f7ebf41fde.1600.jpg"

    Nice looking system. Which case is that?