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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
TweakTown Rating: 97%Manufacturer: CRYORIG

Installation and Finished Product




First, you have to adjust the studs in the corners of the back plate to the appropriate letter, A, B, or C; in this instance we are using B. Once that is done, you simply set the plate on the back of the motherboard, and let the studs pass through the mounting holes. Also, the plate is omni-directional, so it can install in all four directions, and still clear the socket screws.




On top, we installed the standoffs, set the top mounting brackets on them, and used the knurled screws to secure them all together solidly. Keep in mind: For Intel mounting, the brackets go at the top and bottom of the CPU, not to the sides like many others.




After applying the thermal paste, all you do is set the cooler on the CPU, and align the screws with the holes in the brackets. The screwdriver they provide not only clears the top of the cooler, but it also rides in the groove cut into the fins to get a good angle on the spring loaded screws. However, you do have to remove the second fan to get this done.




From this angle, it seems that the R1 Ultimate is not much wider than the memory installed. We left the flame top on one stick to show that this cooler was not designed to allow for clearance on this type of taller memory.




Looking at the R1 Ultimate from the top of the board also proves this about the memory. Even with the flame tip removed, the front fan has to sit right on top of our memory, and even then the fan is raised enough to increase the overall height even more than the 168.3mm specified in the chart.




Once we got the board mounted into our testing rig, and took a step back, any issues we did have with the memory were soon forgotten. To be honest, this is one of the best looking coolers I have installed in quite some time. The lighter color of the fans against the black plastic shrouds and metal fins, provide a look I know anyone would love to have in their rig as well.

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