Despite the concerns we had when we first saw this cooler, Cryorig has proved the R1 Universal almost as capable as the original version, and staying within just a degree of difference is quite the achievement. Of course, this accomplishment came down to choosing or designing the right fan for the job, and this 13mm-thick XF140mm fan is no joke. Of course, using different tower structures that are better tuned to each of the fans has its benefits as well. Even while taking away from the original, we definitely gained memory clearance and kept all of the aesthetic appeal, and it is still more than capable of taming our test system.
Most of the downfalls that plague other large dual-tower coolers are simply not present in this design- well, all but one. We previously mentioned that this cooler is wide enough to cause conflict with the top PCI-e slot, so that may rule it out for some. However, every other aspect of this cooler is well designed. The simplicity of the hardware allowed us to install this cooler in less than five minutes, and the provided screwdriver that fits the tunnels in the fins really helped us accomplish that. The R1 Universal is nearly silent in comparison to a lot of the other dual-tower designs. The price is also spot-on, and it's almost impossible to deny that this is simply the best looking dual-tower cooler on the market that will easily blend into any build. Especially in a chassis with a view, if I am going to choose a huge cooler, it may as well be almost a work of art in appearance.
While the near $90 pricing will put off quite a few of the budget friendly shoppers out there, this is truly a cooler for the enthusiast. Of course, there are similar solutions that perform slightly better. However, when it comes to finding the best all-around, massive, dual-tower design to cool your processor, why not take the one that looks the best and offers a way around the memory issue that many others have not sorted? Coolers like the D15 still hold a place in our hearts, but Cryorig is taking huge steps to try to make us forget about all of the previous designs, even their own Cryorig R1 Ultimate.
With such wonderful aesthetics, performance within a degree of the original, and the fact it allows enthusiasts to change memory as often as their underwear, choosing the R1 Universal hardly feels wrong. If you are in the market for a cooler like this, then look no further. The Cryorig R1 Universal is the best of the best in all-around design for a CPU cooler of this type.
Product Summary Breakdown
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The Bottom Line: Our new favorite dual-tower design! Improving on the original R1 to offer users complete memory clearance, while still offering the same level of performance, just proves that Cryorig is on the ball, and even with less is able to still contend and look stunning while doing so!
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- 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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