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Cryorig R1 Ultimate Cooler Review

5
Posted January 29, 2014 by Joe Kershner in Cooling

Overview

Hardware:
 
Manufacturer:
 
Release Date: Mid-Late February
 
Price at time of Review: R1 Ultimate: $89.90; XF140 fan: $23
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Great build quality, sturdy, excellent performance with high overclocks, quiet, easy installation.
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

A little over priced, requires Low Profile ram
 
BOTTOM LINE:
If you're looking for that huge beefy look with an air cooler and still want to overclock without losing performance, this massive air cooler has the performance you're looking for.
by Joe Kershner
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Conclusion

Overall, Cryorig did an exceptional job at constructing their R1 Ultimate. We really appreciated the 14 heat pipes, twin heatsinks and quick mounting hardware, which makes it easy to work with. While the cooling fans may add some extra meat to the unit as a whole, they aren’t there just for looks and perform well while staying surprisingly quiet. The cooler comes stock with only two fans but includes mounting hardware to quickly add a third; however, even without adding the third fan, the R1 Ultimate was still capable of out-performing the Antec 650 on the overclock performance test.

The initial appearance of this cooler screams nothing less than, “I’m big, bulky and ready for anything you throw at me!” I would have never considered overclocking a chip that much with only an air cooler, but everything it was telling me suggested it could handle it. We obviously decided to take that challenge, and threw a huge overclock with some high temps at it. It handled it with no problems, and truly amazed me.

At the time of the review, the Cryorig R1 Ultimate isn’t available in the US but it is expected to be released in the mid to late February time frame. The R1 Ultimate will have an MSRP of $89.90 USD and the XF140 is $23 USD with a 3 year warranty period. For most, this might be a bit steep in price as the smaller AIO systems are cheaper with around the same performance. However, if you’re not looking to take the risk of water cooling or just want to keep it simple with an outrageously massive air cooler that performs just as well, then look no further. PureOverclock easily awards the Cryorig R1 Ultimate with the PureOverclock Editor’s Choice Award!

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5 Comments


  1.  
    RealNeil

    This is the new Holy Grail of air cooling, but it is huge!
    Good review and Pics Joe.




  2.  
    Sam Nicko

    Nice review Joe (y)
    True! one hell awesome Air CPU Cooler!




  3.  
    Alex

    Thermalright Silver Arrow is still King!





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