Installation and Finished Product
The back plate is simple to install; and selecting A, B, or C was much easier to do on this plate than on the last. Since the plate is drilled for the socket screws on all sides, you don't have to worry about which way it installs.
Above the motherboard, we installed the standoffs and put the brackets on with the "curve" facing inward. To solidify this as one component, we simply locked it all down with the thumbscrews.
What we loved about this design is that neither of the fans needs to be removed to gain access to the mounting screws. With two tunnels running from the top down, you simply need to slide in the provided screwdriver and alternate between the screws until they bottom out.
If the size of this cooler was not quite clear before, with so much of it visible over the memory in this image, there is no denying that this is still a very large air-cooling solution.
The R1 Ultimate would easily cause conflict here, but the R1 Universal with its 13mm-thick fan completely does away with that issue, affording plenty of room to install RAM with no height limit to worry about.
As we step back, we see that the offset design does shift the cooler back over the PWM for the CPU. In some instances, a third fan is still an option; in an open-air system like ours, that third fan is definitely an option.
With everything back into our D-Frame, we don't see much of the top half of the motherboard; this cooler is just that big. Also, we found that the width is a bit thick, and it may prevent you from using a card in the first PCI-e slot.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Cryorig R1 Universal CPU Cooler]
- Page 4 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 5 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup, Thermal Tests and Noise Results]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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