Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Recently we have had the privilege of looking at a few Cryorig coolers, including the Cryorig R1 Ultimate CPU cooler. Well, today we are looking at yet another Cryorig cooler that plays off of the design of the Cryorig R1 Ultimate. We don't tend to review rehashed versions of products we have already reviewed, but the latest R1 cooler does have one major change that may make this cooler a more viable option than the previous R1 design.
The change in question is no more than a simple fan swap, but the difference the new fan makes is huge. This time, rather than using a thick fan on the front of the cooler, which we showed will definitely cause conflict with your memory, Cryorig offers a much thinner fan that will cause less interference with your memory. Having a thinner fan will open up the front of the cooler and make this latest offering much more suitable for today's builds. With the latest R1 design, memory conflict is a thing of the past, allowing builders to make use of the huge yet stunning cooler without compromising their choice of memory.
Since we have already had a look at the R1 Ultimate CPU cooler, we have a good handle on the level of performance this tower offers users in that configuration. This time around, we will still be discussing all of the key features as we go along, but the main things we will be covering are how much performance is lost in the fan swap, and how universal this design really is. So, for those of you who loved the R1 design, but passed on it when our last review hit, you can rest assured that Cryorig has not forgotten what customers really need with such a large cooler, and this Cryorig R1 Universal CPU cooler proves it. If you happened to have missed our previous R1 review, don't rush off to find that review just yet, because we feel the R1 Universal we are reviewing now may be the better cooler to look at first anyway.
Before we get to our review, let's have a look at the specifications chart for the Cryorig R1 Universal, beginning with dimensions and limitations. Across the top of this chart, the compatibility icons show all of the sockets the Cryorig R1 Universal is compatible with, even going as far back as LGA775. In regards to the body of the cooler, nothing has changed between the R1 Ultimate and the R1 Universal. Both cooler bodies are 128.5mm long, 140mm wide, and 168.3mm tall; and both coolers weigh in at 970 grams without the fans. In this design there are six 6mm diameter heat pipes that deliver heat from the copper base into the fin stacks. The front tower consists of 42 aluminum fins that are 0.4mm in thickness, and these fins are spaced 2.4mm apart. The second tower offers 58 fins of the same thickness, but the spacing between the fins is decreased to 1.8mm. The chart also shows the distance to the center of this design; the distance shown is 35.5mm from the leading edge of the fins to the center of the base. Lastly, Cryorig shows the RAM limitation, which is described as "limitless."
Now, let's have a look at the provided fans. As we mentioned in our introduction, one of the fans has changed this time around; rather than offering two matching fans, Cryorig provides one thick fan and one much thinner fan. The standard XF140 fan is 140mm and 25.4mm thick. This fan boasts a speed cap of 1300 RPM, delivering 76CFM. Along with a 23 dB(A) sound-level rating, we see this fan produces 1.44 mmH2O of static pressure. The smaller fan is only 13mm thick, and it sports the XF140 naming. This fan is also a 140mm fan, but it can produce 65 CFM at its maximum speed of 1300 RPM. This fan is rated just 1 dB(A) louder than the larger fan, but it is able to produce more static pressure than the larger version; our smaller fan produces a reported 1.49 mmH20 of static pressure. Hopefully, we don't lose too much performance with this simple change in design.
After shopping around a bit, we noticed the Cryorig R1 Universal is a hard cooler to find, and if you can find a listing for this cooler, the pricing can be downright outrageous. Amazon does have a listing for the R1 Universal, but doesn't have stock to sell at this time. However, we were able to locate the cooler at Newegg.com for $89.99 with free shipping, which is right on point for a dual-tower cooler of this caliber. Other listings we found were near the $200 mark, so it doesn't take a genius to figure out where the best deal is at this time. If performance is within reason of the original R1 cooler, we feel the R1 Universal is a good deal to be had. However, let's let the testing speak before we make our final judgment.
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