We have already seen Cryorig products here before, with the QF120 fans and the C1 cooler leaving behind a favorable tone for the company overall. As with any company that makes air coolers for CPUs, they have a massive dual tower flagship as well. We now get to see the very best (for now anyway) that Cryorig has to offer and pit it against some of the other coolers tested out so far. One comparison that comes to mind already is with the Phanteks PH-TC14PE. Thanks then to Steve from Cryorig for providing a sample of the R1 Ultimate.
Let’s take a look at the specs courtesy the product page:
We see first the list of compatible socket types for this cooler, which is pretty exhaustive and definitely covers all the recent ones. Keep in mind that the cooler compatibility with Intel socket LGA 2011-3 is the same as with socket LGA 2011 so Cryorig has that base covered as well.
Next up we see some technical drawings of the heatsink and supplied fan which provides dimensions to check cooler compatibility with your existing hardware components, including RAM height. Now the illustration indicates that there is 30-35mm from the top of the RAM sockets before you hit the heatsink, but in reality that number is for the entire height of the RAM sticks. As with the C1 we saw earlier, this needs to be mentioned explicitly in there to prevent any customers having compatibility issues going by this.
It’s a good thing then that there are other enthusiasts who care about this hobby a lot, and have taken the time to make detailed diagrams for heatsinks and air coolers. Thanks then to OCN forum member Doyll for providing this extremely useful illustration which I hope will come in handy to everyone:
The specs list is a healthy one, with a lot of very useful information included including weight of the cooler with and without fans for those worried if the motherboard can handle it (spoiler alert: yes, there are specifications in place and a weight distribution system that companies follow to prevent anything from happening). The most interesting part for me was to see that the fans included were 25.4mm thick as opposed to 25mm flat. A few measurements with a caliper showed that this was indeed right. It does not really have any effect in reality though, so let’s leave it at that. Some pieces of information in here, such as the number of fins and the gap between them may not interest many, but it does play an important role in that people can compare fin density and overall fin count across coolers without having access to them. This would give an estimate regarding the airflow impedance of the cooler as well as cooling potential (though that latter part needs to be taken with a grain of salt). 7 massive heatpipes and a copper base, all of which are nickel plated, go through the dual towers and so far everything’s looking great. I would have liked to see the warranty listed out explicitly in here but a single page scroll leads to this warranty policy page where we find out that there is a minimum of 3 years of warranty with registration leading to even more (another 3 years in this case depending on when you register)- not bad at all seeing how the only pieces that can go bad are the two fans. I would have also liked to see more details on the fan- rated power consumption at start up and during operation, bearing type, MTBF and so forth. Let’s now navigate to the next page to take a look at the R1 in detail.