Cryorig R1 Ultimate & Universal CPU Coolers

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Cryorig R1 Ultimate & Universal CPU Coolers

December 2, 2014 by Lawrence Lee

Cryorig R1 Ultimate/Universal
CPU Cooler
Street Price

Cryorig is a company you've probably never heard of, one of the many fledgling manufacturers that have sprouted up left and right trying to capture a piece of the PC enthusiast market. The name is an amalgam of "cryo" and "rig" as their goal is to help users achieve cool running PCs. So it's fitting that their initial catalogue is specialized, currently focusing only on CPU coolers. While the brand is new, they have plenty of experience in this field as their team is composed of former employees of big names like Thermalright and Prolimatech. Their pedigree is evident in their flagship product, a massive dual fan heatsink dubbed the R1.

Cryorig R1: Specifications
(from the respective product web pages located here and here)
Performance (TDP)
250 W +
240 W +
Dimensions (with fan)
L142.4 mm x W140 mm x H168.3 mm
L128.5 mm x W140 mm x H168.3 mm
Weight (with fan)
1282 g
1181 g
Weight (without fan)
936 g
936 g
Heat pipes
6mm heatpipe x 7 units
6mm heatpipe x 7 units
Front Fin
T = 0.4 mm ; Gap = 2.4 mm
T = 0.4 mm ; Gap = 2.4 mm
Front Fin Pcs
42 PCs
42 PCs
Rear Fin
T = 0.4 mm ; Gap = 1.8 mm
T = 0.4 mm ; Gap = 1.8 mm
Rear Fin PCs
53 PCs
53 PCs
Copper Base
C1100 Pure copper nickel plated
C1100 Pure copper nickel plated
Distance From Center
40 mm
35.5 mm
RAM Height Limit
30 ~ 35 mm (Fan position adjustable)
Fan Frame Color
XF140 (Ultimate & Universal)
XT140 (Universal only)
L140 mm x W140 mm x H25.4 mm
L140 mm x W140 mm x H13 mm
156 g
89 g
Rated Speed
700 ~ 1300 RPM ±10 %
700 ~ 1300 RPM ±10 %
Noise Level
19 ~ 23 dBA
20 ~ 24 dBA
Total Noise Level (both fans) 41 dBA 44 dBA
Air Flow
75 CFM
65 CFM
Differences listed in bold.

The Cryorig R1 is huge dual tower heatsink with a seven heatpipe design and a pair of 140 mm fans. It comes in two variants are practically identical, to the point where the weight, fin count, and fin density are exactly the same. Both have an asymmetric shape with the fin-stacks pushed forward for better compatibility, but the Universal is further off center and its back fan is a slim 13 mm thick model to ensure it clears the memory slots completely. The Ultimate, with two matched fans of standard 25 mm thickness offers better performance, but like many such coolers, it hangs over a portion of the DIMM slots.

The R1 Universal on the left, R1 Ultimate on the right.

It seems kind of silly to have two separate products so similar but tall heatspreaders are popular amongst enthusiasts despite the interference issues they cause and their dubious benefits. The Ultimate offers an additional 17 mm of clearance in total, 5 mm from shifting over the heatsink body and another 12 mm due to the thinner fan. Cryorig seems to focus heavily on compatibility, providing precise schematics for each of their heatsinks and even a "compatibility tester" which you can print out at home and fold into an origami replica of the product to place on your motherboard.

The R1 has two more differentiating features. Each tower is actually comprised of two different fin-stacks, a silver and black portion, with the latter being more densely packed. The intake section is loose while the exhaust section is tight, forcing the air passing through it to speed up as it exits. The fans are also mounted in an unusual way. It sports traditional wire fan clips but they attach to plastic housings that snap onto the heatsink. This allows the user to adjust the fans' vertical position easily but it also covers up a good portion of the heat dissipation area.


Considering the size of the coolers, the packaging is rather compact. However, the interior box containing the heatsink is encapsulated in a completely unnecessary and extremely tight fitting sleeve. We wouldn't normally bother commenting on such a minute detail, but it's seriously frustrating to pull off and should go immediately into the recycling bin.


More accessories.

The R1 ships with all the necessary mounting hardware which includes backplates for both Intel and AMD installations, a screwdriver, a tube of thermal compound, a dual fan adapter, and a tube of thermal compound. It also comes with two extra sets of fan clips which doesn't quite make sense as it seems impossible to mount four fans, and an additional set of rubber dampers that aren't designed for non-Cryorig models. The installation guide is packed with a registration card (registering extends the warranty), and a single-use isopropanol pad to help clean the heatsink base and processor.

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