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CRYORIG R1 Ultimate CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Feb 18, 2014 11:00 pm
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TweakTown Rating: 97%Manufacturer: CRYORIG

CRYORIG R1 Ultimate CPU Cooler

 

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Looking right into the first of two XF140 fans, you notice that it doesn't leave much of the cooler behind it visible. In fact, at this angle, all you can really see are the seven nickel plated heat pipes at the base of the cooler. You may also notice the gradual curve to their placement in the base of the cooler.

 

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The right side of the R1 Ultimate shows that both fans on the cooler are identical, and that they are attached using wire fan clips that clip onto the side of plastic shrouds. While you may be noticing the two different colors of the fins as well, we will get to that soon enough.

 

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The back of the cooler is also identical to the rear of the front section of fins. While the wide grooves provide spacing to allow the fans to obtain their maximum speeds and ratings easier, they are also cut into the fins to allow access for mounting the cooler in the front section of fins.

 

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The left side of the cooler looks just like the right side does. There are arrows on the fan that show blade rotation direction, and both fans have braided cables with 4-pin connections at the ends.

 

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This image is just to give you a better idea of the whole aesthetic appeal of the R1 Ultimate. Outside of what we have discussed already, there are also grey printed "CR"'s on the tops of the shrouds, to show the maker of the cooler once it is installed in a chassis.

 

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With the front shroud removed from the cooler, we see the front edge is straight and flat, but we can also see the various fin arrangements used in each tower much better. The natural aluminium fins are wider spaced, but as the air flows through the black section of fins, that flow is squeezed through tighter fins to increase air speed and efficiency of heat transfer.

 

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At the top of the base, you will find that CRYORIG has pre-installed the mounting "cross bar" to simplify the installation. This also helps those who want to install the cooler with the motherboard in the upright position, as you don't need another hand to hold the bar, just one for the cooler, and one to drive these screws.

 

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All seven of the pipes leave the base, and make some pretty tight turns as they align to go through the fins. It is also easy to see that the spacing is even, but the pipes are run in a staggered pattern to better distribute the heat from each pipe into the fins.

 

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On the flip side of those heat pipes, as they leave the base of the cooler, we can see two things. The first of which is the fact that all of the pipes are soldered into the base prior to the nickel plating, and the second is that the center pipes sit lower in the base than the outer ones do.

 

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Lastly, we want to show off the mating surface of the R1 Ultimate. While it does ship with a protective sticker over it, once it's removed, we find a relatively flat surface across the base, but there are defined milling marks left to increase the surface area for the thermal paste.

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