Cryorig R1 Ultimate Review: The Cooling Force of Mass + Acceleration

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A Closer Look at the CRYORIG R1 Ultimate

CRYORIG R1 Ultimate

The CRYORIG R1 Ultimate is a tower air cooler measuring 142.4 x 140 x 168.3 mm and it weighs 1282 grams out of the box with two fans pre-installed. Needless to say, it is quite massive.

Size is not its only strength, as it utilizes two different sets of aluminum fin combinations to accelerate airflow. The intake side has a wider 2.4mm gap while the exhaust end has a smaller 1.8mm gap with 42 pieces of aluminum fins per tower. The exhaust side’s fin array set is colored black.

CRYORIG R1 Ultimate

There are seven heatpipes in total distributed evenly in a row across two fin array towers, however the position is offset to provide RAM module clearance on the intake side. From the center to the intake tip edge is 40mm.

The intake side of the fin array is flat while the accelerated exhaust side has grooves that are angled outward to aid further with accelerated exhaust.

Each tower array has a removable frame housing for holding the fan called a Custom mod cover. CRYORIG provides different colored versions of these for users who want to color-match with the rest of their system, but the default version on the CRYORIG R1 Ultimate is black while the CRYORIG R1 Universal gets a white frame version.

The mounting bar is built into the top of the base already so that it is easier to install. It is held in place by a screw in the middle and can be removed if users want to repaint it.

CRYORIG R1 Ultimate

The actual contact surface measures 44.95 x 39.90mm, which is a lot larger than most heatsink’s. The typical heatsink contact surface measures 38 x 38 mm which is the full coverage for an Intel LGA2011 CPU integrated heatspreader. The contact surface has a machined finish with obvious off-center rounding marks. This contact surface is protected with a plastic film fresh out of the box and can leave adhesive residue (visible in the photo below) so cleaning the surface is suggested using the provided alcohol sheet in the accessory pack.

The bundled XF140 is the “standard” version on the R1 Ultimate which can ramp up to 1350RPM. There is also a slimmer XT140 version for the R1 Universal which is only 13mm thick for better clearance compatibility. The XF140 is a PWM fan with sleeved connectors and has a rounded-edge frame that uses standard 120mm mounting. The corners have pre-installed vibration dampeners on both sides.

RPM range as measured by ASUS FanXPert II is displayed below:

CRYORIG XF140 Fan in ASUS Fan XPert II

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Ron Perillo

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