CRYORIG R1 Ultimate CPU Air Cooler | An In-Depth Review

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Introduction


Heat is the bane of all computer components. For any user who follows the 'PC Master Race' mindset, efficient and powerful cooling is critical for the longevity of his PC hardware. One of the most heat susceptible component of a PC is the CPU, the heart and mind of the PC. Therefore it is vital to invest in a good cooling solution. Nowadays there are variety of CPU cooling options, which can be categorized in four different classes:


1. Air Coolers
2. All in One (AIO) Coolers
3. Hybrid Coolers
4. Custom Loop Coolers


Each class has its own pros and cons but all can be efficiently used for PC cooling. Air coolers tend to be bulky and can have compatibility problems due to their dimensions. However they do not carry any risk of electrically damaging the circuit boards, a risk associated with the remaining three classes due to their liquid nature.


One might think that the market for CPU coolers is saturated, but every year there is some new and exciting development. Be it the entry of CRYORIG and Be Quiet, or the announcement of EVGA to launch its AIO coolers or EKWB's new offering.


In the CPU air cooling realm, Noctua is one of the most prominent household name. It is known for its industrial and robust yet ugly – no pun intended, designs in air cooling. Their products have dominated the air cooler market for quite some time. However their monopoly is now being challenged by various new entrants, one of which is CRYORIG.
CRYORIG is a research based company focusing on both performance and aesthetics, introduced in Pakistan by PakDukaan. Today we will be reviewing the R1 Ultimate CPU cooler from CRYORIG, which is its flagship CPU cooler.

Specifications

Heatsink

Dimension (with fan)

142.4 x 140 x 168.3 mm (L x W x H)

Weight (with fan)

1282 g

Weight (without fan)

970 g

Heat Pipes

7 pipes each of 6mm

Front Fin

T = 0.4 mm with gap of 2.4 mm

Rear Fin

T = 0.4 mm with gap of 1.8 mm

Front Fin Pcs

42

Rear Fin Pcs

53

Base

C1100 copper Base nickel plated

Distance from Centre

40 mm

RAM Compatibility

30 – 35 mm height

Performance

250 W +

Fan

Dimension

140 x 140 x 25.4 mm (L x W x H)

Rated Speed

700 – 1300 RPM +/- 10%

Noise Level

19 – 23 dBA

Air Flow

76 CFM

Weight

156 g

Motherboard Compatibility based on socket

Intel : 115x, 2011/v3, 1366

AMD : FM1 / 2, AM2/+, AM3/+

Underlying technologies

Before we start the review, let’s have a few words about the various technologies that CRYORIG has introduced with this cooler.

⦁ DirectCompress

DirectCompress is CRYORIG's patented soldering technique which allows for 10% increased surface contact between heat pipes and heatsink fins. This helps ensure higher heat dissipation.

⦁ Heatsink Displacement Optimization

This technique of mounting allows the fin heat pipes to be mounted in a manner that maximizes even heat dissipation across the whole surface. This is particularly effective as the heat is dissipated in radial manner. Traditional linear alignment as seen on many other products does not yield this benefit.

⦁ Jet Fin Accelerated System

This smart move by CRYORIG allows for each tower of the cooler to have two sections (front/intake and rear/exhaust). Fins on the front (intake) section have a larger inter-fin displacement (2.4 mm between two fins) while the rear (exhaust) section of the tower has more fins with a smaller inter-fin displacement ( 1.8mm between two fins). This results in a higher volume of colder air (intake) being pumped in and higher pressure hot air being exhausted away from the cooler.

⦁ Heatpipe – Convex Align System

This technique allows heat-pipes to be soldered in a convex manner. Subsequently there is less space wastage and more surface area of heat-pipes as compared to a linear aligned system commonly seen in other products. This results in higher heat dissipation.

⦁ High Precision – Low Noise

The XF140 fan bundled with this cooler, features High Precision Low Noise (HPLN™) bearings and the detachable Acoustic Vibration Absorbers on the point of contact with the heatsinks that give the fans a snugger fit while canceling vibration and noise at the same time.

⦁ Multiseg

This is an all in one mounting system which allows for easier installation in a matter of minutes. We have found this system to be effective. In a matter of few minutes, cooler was setup and ready to go.

⦁ CUSTOMOD Covers

The rear or intake sections of the towers have black color metallic covers which add to aesthetics of the cooler. These covers are removable and can be replaced by a variety of different colors. CRYORIG is offering off the shelf covers in Blue, Green, Black, White, Red, and Orange. This allows the user to mix and match their color scheme. They are available for purchase separately.

Packaging and Contents

R1 Ultimate comes in all black color cardbox packing. Top side has CRYORIG branding on it.

Backside has specifications printed on it along with diagrams for easy understanding of the specs. Specs are comprehensive. Motherboard compatibility in terms of CPU sockets are mentioned inside circles on the bottom part of the side and are color coordinated. White circles are for AMD sockets while black color circles are for Intel. This is a very nice way of presenting the information.

Front side of the box shows picture of the cooler and product name.

Left side of the box has large R1 indentation in shining silver.

Right side of the box highlights some of the features of the cooler.

When box is opened, we find another cover showing the cooler.

Side covers are in blue color and provide important information on warranty of the cooler and how to register the product for extended 3 years warranty.

Inside, we have another box containing all the accessories included with the product. Diagrams of the included accessories along with their names are printed on the box for easy identification.

Removing this box will reveal the box containing the cooler.

Cooler packing box in enclosed inside another 4 sided cover.

Removing the cover will show the cooler box. RGB coloring on the center of the fan is visible.

Accessories

CRYORIG has included a plethora of accessories with the cooler, including mounting plates, thermal paste,  and installation tools. Accessories are packed in plastic bags which are coded for identification.

 

Mounting system for Intel sockets. 2x Intel mounting bars are not shown in the picture. Shown in the picture is a MultiSeg backplate for Intel. Square size is pad for LGA 775 backplate.

 

 

On the left, we have AMD mounting plate and on the right, we have AMD backplate

 

Product registration card is required to register the product with CRYORIG for extended Warranty.

 

70% IPA pad for cleaning the surface of the CPU IHS and base of the cooler. Visual guide for correctly screwing the spring screws which are pre mounted on the cooler.

 

Extras clips in case more fans are required to be installed by the user. Two fans are provided with the cooler. Should there be a requirement of more fans, they would have to be purchased separately.

 

Black color longer length screw driver is included which comes real handy while mounting the cooler on the mounting plate. More on it in later section of the review.

 

4x LGA 2011/ V3 Screw pillars and 4x Thumb screw caps are not shown here as they were already installed on the motherboard. 4x additional Acoustic Vibration Absorbers in case one more fan needs to be installed.

 

On the packing box CP 9 is mentioned to be included in the accessories whereas CP7 was found in the box. This was bit surprising. This is a High Density Cryo-Paste. Specifications of the thermal paste are: -

Color : Gray

Thermal Conductivity : 8.3 W/m-k

Thermal Impedance : 0.011

 

Installation guide is well detailed and diagrams are provided for visual guide. Guide comes in multiple languages.

 

4-pin Y-Splitter cable is included. This is very useful when it comes to controlling both fans with same fan curve profile to ensure optimized results.

 

Closer look on the Cooler

Cooler comes pre-assembled with two XF-140 fans. For specification of the fans, please read the specification section of the review. Cooler is a dual tower, Dual fans configuration. Top side of the cooler shows metallic black color covers with CRYORIG logo. Arrow sign on the top of fans indicate the direction of the air flow. Fans are of gray color and this black/gray combination is eye catching to say the least.

 

Right side of the cooler shows the fans mounting mechanism with the heat sinks using clips. As can be seen each tower has two sections. Metallic cover is on the intake section of each tower. Arrow signs on the fans show the direction of the fan blades’ movement. Two pre-mounted spring screws are visible on the bottom. Bottom section will be covered on coming pages.

 

Left side of the cooler has similar configuration as was on right side, mentioned above. Notice the arrow signs here indicating the downward direction as compared to the upward direction on the right side of the fans.

 

Bottom shows the large nickel plated copper base with 7 heat pipes on both sides coming out of the base. Warning label is informing the user to remove this label before mounting the cooler. Fan cables are sleeved. Notice the displacement of both sides’ heat pipes. Distance from the center of the base to the left fan’s outer edge is 40mm. Pipes on this end don’t extend much as compared to pipes displacement on the right side. This is smart thinking by CRYORIG as it will help maximize clearance from the memory bank. But, what if this cooler is to be mounted on quad channel DIMM configuration with high profile RAM? Then you choose the R1 Universal instead of the R1 Ultimate!

 

7 heat pipes coming out of the base and going in the heat sink in nonlinear fashion. This is CRYORIG's Heatsink Displacement Optimization.

 

This picture shows the curvature of the pipes from coming out of the base. One the left side we have less curvature which gives more room hence maximum clearance for the DIMM slots. On the right side, curvature is more. This is ideal solution for Dual-Channel systems but not so for quad-Channel systems, for which the R1 Universal is recommended.

 

Notice the pattern of heat pipes displacement while going in the heat sink. Red lines show the 4 pipes going in the heat sink in equal distance between them when three pipes are behind these 4 pipes are indicated by white color lines. This is to ensure the maximum heat dissipation with even coverage across all the fins.

Check the marked area of the copper base in orange color. Close inspection reveals the Convex implementation of 7 heat pipes on the copper base. Pipes on the center are more towards the bottom of the case as compared to the outer pipes which are more towards the upper or top side of the base hence creating a convex in shape from edge to edge of the base.

 

Spring mounted screws to mount the cooler on the mounting plate. One would have to remove the middle fan to screws these in while installing.

 

Closer inspection of the towers shows the dual sections. Air intake section is covered with the metallic cover. This section has a total of 42 fins with a 2.4mm inter-fin distance. Adjacent to this section is the exhaust section. This section has 53 fins with an inter-fin distance of 1.8mm. This helps ensure that maximum rate of heat leaving the surface of the cooler.

 

Installation

Cooler was installed on LGA 2011-V3 socket on Asus Rampage V Edition 10. Some pics may be blurry for which inconvenience is regretted as the originals were accidentally deleted. On this socket, there is no need to install the backplate. Mount the 4x LGA2011 Screw Pillars first.

Next, place the Intel Mounting brackets on the these screw pillars. Take note of the alignment as cooler can be mounted horizontally or vertically.

Use this alignment if you would want to install the cooler vertically which is normally not used by majority of the users.

 

Use this alignment of the mounting brackets to setup cooler horizontally.

Now, mount the 4x Thumb Screw Caps on top of each Screw Pillar and use your hands to tighten them to the end of the torque.

Now, place the cooler on the socket aligning the spring screws of the base with the two holes on the mounting plate. Use provided screw driver to screw them in. Don’t screw one spring screw fully. Go step by step, few torques on one followed by few torques on the other till the time cooler is balanced from both sides. That yellow color warning label would be helpful in this regard. Read it first before mounting the cooler.

 

Compatibility and Clearance

Before we dig in the test bench and results, we would like to share few words on the compatibility of this cooler with the RAM and first PCIe slot.

  • Clearance with Chassis

Cooler’s height is 168.3mm with fans. Users would need to check the specs on their chassis to see if it fits. For example, Corsair 780T has clearance for CPU cooler upto 200mm height. Corsair 570X has clearance of upto 170mm height. Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX has clearance upto 194mm. All these chassis can accommodate this cooler easily. Now take NZXT S340 Elite. It has clearance of upto 161mm which is not enough for this cooler. Similarly, Corsair 200R has clearance of upto 165mm which also does not support this cooler. Make sure to check the specs first.

  • Clearance with first PCIe Lane

Cooler has clearance for the first PCIe lane. Though it may seem a tight fit but there is no such clearance issue with this cooler for first PCIe lane.

  • Clearance with DIMM Slots

This cooler has clearance for RAMs with height of up to 35mm. We tested the cooler with Corsair Vengeance Red LED 8x8GB RAM. This RAM has height of 49mm while its width is 7.5mm. Cooler’s fan had to be mounted approx. 14mm above its normal position to make it work with this RAM. This RAM is not as high a profile as that of Dominator Plats. Add this 14mm to the cooler’s overall height and we have 182.3mm of height to deal with. Even Corsair 570X will not be able to handle this much height. We recommend the R1 Universal if you have these issues.

 

 

The left side of the cooler covers almost 3 slots on the left bank of DIMM on Asus Rampage V Edition 10 leaving a room for only stick. Cooler will work perfectly with low profiles DIMMs.

 

 

Test Bench

Following test bench was used for testing of this cooler: -

Motherboard ASUS Rampage V Edition 10
CPU Intel i7 6850k
RAM/Memory Corsair Vengeance RED 4x8GB @ 2666 MHz
Graphics Card ZOTAC GTX 1070 Mini
Solid State Drive Samsung 840 EVO 250GB
Hard Drive WD Black 6 TB
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 x64 Professional

Comparision Coolers:

Corsair H100i V2

Noctua NH-U14S [Single Tower, Single Fan]

Thermal Paste:

Cooler MasterGel Maker Nano Ultra was used during all tests.

Software:

Asus Real Bench v 2.44

Real Temp GT v 3.70

Games Tested:

Battlefield 1 was used to record temperatures while gaming.

 

Methodology

Ambient temp of 20C was maintained with delta correction of +/-1C. All reported temps are in degree Celsius. Below is the table for the settings used:

 

Stock

Overclocked

VCore

1.136

1.360

Frequency

3.6 with 3.8 Boost

4.40

XMP

Yes

Yes

Manual VCore

Yes

Yes

 

 CPU core voltage was set at manual to avoid the voltage spikes and to ensure the standardization among all tests for better calibration of the data. Fans were set at PWM with Turbo mode and were left at PWM mode to control them as per the load. No custom fan curve or max RPM were used in all tests. Each cooler was tested on stock settings for 30 minutes stress run to take the temps readings. Min and Max values were recorded from the software. With overclocked CPU, stress test was run three times on each cooler for 15 minutes duration with minimum 15 minutes interval between each run to ensure that components cool down sufficiently before next run. This was important to take accurate readings of the temps. DRAM voltages were fixed as well.

Corsair H100i V2’s pump was set on High Performance mode during all tests. Fans were not connected with unit. Fans on H100i V2 were connected on the motherboard’s PWM header which was used for other coolers as well during complete testing.

Temps during gaming were also recorded with overclocked CPU for each cooler. Minimum 30 minutes gap was ensured before the session to give the components enough time to cool down.

Fingers crossed! Here are the results.

 

Results

First off with the test run on stock settings, minimum temps on R1 Ultimate were same as on Corsair H100i V2. Noctua cooler was just one degree hotter than the two. Under stress test, max temp on R1 Ultimate was 46C which is 4 degree hotter than Corsair’s cooler. Very good performance indeed by all the coolers in this test.

 

 

Next up is the result of stress test when CPU was overclocked to 4.40 GHz at 1.360 VCore. R1 Ultimate was mere two degrees hotter than H100i V2. Damn good performance for being an air cooler. On idle, temps were 23C on both coolers with 25C on Noctua’s. Noctua cooler in itself was superb given the very fact that it is a single tower, single fan unit.

 

 

This graph shows the package temps only for all the coolers under stress with overclocked CPU. R1 Ultimate definitely lived upto its name.

 

 

This graph shows the delta difference between the max temps recorded under stock stress and overclocked stress tests. For ease of understanding, percentage increase in temps is also included though it is not an easier comparison was there is no linear transition. R1 Ultimate has a difference of 28 degrees Celsius which is roughly 61% increase in thermals as compared to other twos. Surprisingly, Corsair H100i V2 has increase of 71%. In other words, R1 Ultimate has almost uniform spread as compared to AIO.

Average temp on R1 Ultimate was 49C as compared to 45C on H100i V2. Both cooler hit the max temps of 61C. Again, R1 Ultimate taking the competition head – to – head with H100i V2.

 

Conclusion

After going through the design elements of the cooler and performance numbers, CRYORIG's R1 Ultimate has a definite draw if not the win over Corsair H100i V2 as couple of degrees difference is marginal. It is impressive performance to say the least for the air cooler. CRYORIG has definitely gone ahead with their design lead and putting their research into a cooling solution which is bound to impact the market. I wish Noctua’s NH-D15 was available for this comparison. That would have been very interesting study for sure.

Value

With an MSRP of Rs. 9,999 this cooler offers great value. It rivals more expensive AIO liquid cooling systems without the risk of leaks. However this cooler is pretty sizeable and therefore please confirm compatibility before buying it.

Performance

Cooler never disappointed in terms of sheer performance and is highly recommended now.

Based on how this cooler has performed I would rate it as “High Performance”.

Special thanks to our sponsor PakDukaan for this review. Review by Mr. Nauman Siddique.

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Created On Thursday, January 19, 2017 Posted By Hammad Comment Link
I love reading your reviews dude. Don't take such long breaks between them.
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