Cryorig R1 Universal – Test and Review

Cryorig R1 Universal - Test and Review
A twin tower CPU cooler
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9.8
User Rating: 4.68 (2 votes)

Before I start with the review and later with the tests let’s pay some attention to the company history which lead to the creation of the product…

Cryorig is one of the newest companies on the market and so far offers in their portfolio just 3 models of very interesting coolers and 2 models of 140mm fans.

  1. Cryorig R1 Ultimate – a twin-tower cooler made of copper contact plate and 7 x  Ø6mm heat pipes, combined with two type aluminum fins structure with overall dimensions of 142.4(L) mm x 140(W) mm x 168.3(H) mm and overall weight including the fans of 1282 g. The heat sink is cooled by two Cryorig XF140 fans with dimensions of 140(L) mm x 140(W) mm x 25.4(H) mm working at 700 ~ 1300 ±10 % revolutions per minute range, providing airflow level of 76 CFM at noise level range of 19 ~ 23 dBA,
  2. Cryorig R1 Universal - a twin-tower cooler made of copper contact plate and 7 x  Ø6mm heat pipes, combined with two type aluminum fins structure with overall dimensions of 128.5(L) mm x 140(W) mm x 168.3(H) mm and overall weight including the fans of 1181 g. The heat sink is cooled by one Cryorig XF140 fan with dimensions of 140(L) mm x 140(W) mm x 25.4(H) mm working at 700 ~ 1300 ±10 % revolutions per minute range, providing airflow level of 76 CFM at noise level range of 19 ~ 23 dBA and one Cryorig XT140 fan with dimensions of 140(L) mm x 140(W) mm x 13(H) mm working at 700 ~ 1300 ±10 % revolutions per minute range, providing airflow level of 65 CFM at noise level range of 20 ~ 24 dBA,
  3. Cryorig C1 - an ITX cooler made of copper contact plate and 6 x Ø6mm heat pipes, combined with two type aluminum fins structure with overall dimensions of 144.5(L) mm x 140(W) mm x 74(H) mm and overall weight including the fans of 628 g. The heat sink is cooled by one Cryorig XT140 fan with dimensions of 140(L) mm x 140(W) mm x 13(H) mm working at 700 ~ 1300 ±10 % revolutions per minute range, providing airflow level of 65 CFM at noise level range of 20 ~ 24 dBA,

For this test and review I received Cryorig R1 Universal, a cooler which I really like  and I believe it is about time to review and later test the product.

So let’s get started…

The front side of the package The side/back of the package
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Cryorig R1 Universal arrived to me for doing a test and review in a very big and pretty stylish looking, painted in black and white carton box with a big picture of the cooler and some details regarding the product on the front side of the box, while the full technical specification and some additional details are placed on all sides of the box. And I should say there is  a lot of interesting information.

In fact the box looks pretty nice but I am curious about what’s inside of it. So let’s open the box and check what’s inside…

First thing to notice after I lifted the top cover of the carton box was additional information regarding the extended warranty and a full colour picture of the cooler itself on the carton flap parts and right after that there was a big package, made of recycled paper with a lot of information and pictures regarding the additional accessories placed inside of it. And yes, that was the package holding the additional accessories.

The first box with the accessories
The packed Cryorig R1 Universal 
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After I removed the package holding the additional accessories I found a second big carton box, made of a protective paper cover and a carton bed with the cooler inside, which you should slide out. There was a scheme of the cooler drawn on the top side of the protective cover and there was a hole in the middle, through which we can see the company logo sticker on the front fan. Pretty nice…

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Next thing to do was to remove the protective cover and open the cooler’s carton bed. As you can see from the picture above the cooler was held pretty tightly inside the carton bed and additionally inserted inside a nylon bag. All that just so the cooler will arrive in a perfect condition… And it did…

So… after I removed everything out of the carton box and arranged the cooler and the additional accessories package for taking pictures, this is the view which I got.

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Before I continue with the article and check all of the cooler features and additional accessories, I should say that the first impression which I got after I opened the main package was great appearance, quality and reliability. Something which is very important these days.

Cryorig R1 Universal additional accessories

So let’s pay some attention to the package holding the additional accessories.

First thing which I noticed, after I saw the accessories pack for the first time were the details describing the products inside of the box and after I slid out the bed with the accessories, they were placed in the same position with everything arranged according to the picture on the protective cover. All of the accessories were packed in separate nylon bags ensuring that everything will arrive with the cooler and in perfect condition.

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After I took all of the accessories out of their packages and carefully arranged them for taking some pictures, this is the view I got.

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The standard Cryorig R1 Universal package offers:

  1. Intel mounting kit featuring an entirely painted in black metal backplate, 2 x metal Intel Mounting bars and backplate isolation foam
  2. AMD mounting kit featuring an entirely painted in black metal backplate and AMD front mounting plate
  3. 4 x Thumb-screw caps
  4. 4 x Screw pillars
  5. 4 x LGA 2011 screw pillars
  6. 1 x PWM Y-Cable
  7. 2 x additional XF140 fan clips
  8. 2 x additional XT140 fan clips
  9. 4 x Acoustic vibration absorbers
  10. Thermal Compound
  11. Product registration card for extending the warranty up to 3 years
  12. Alcohol pad for cleaning the processor from old dried compound
  13. A screwdriver
  14. An installation manual

Oh my… That is one really serious package content, which will be more than enough to install not one, but two coolers with just one accessories pack. The thing which I really enjoyed here is that the cooler is supplied with absolutely everything needed or which might be needed in the future. Pretty nice to be honest. Pretty nice!

For now let’s put the additional accessories aside until they are needed and check the cooler itself.

Cryorig R1 Universal heat sink structure

At first glance, Cryorig R1 Universal offers a pretty standard structure like every other cooler on the market featuring the three major components which I am going to describe one by one in this review and they are: the heat sink structure formed as two very stylish and at the same time really, really innovative big towers, the two types of cooling fans and the mounting kit. An almost standard setup I should say, but just almost… But I will talk about this in the next lines.

As usual, let’s start with the heat sink.

Cryorig R1 Universal offers a radiator structure made of  nickel plated C1100 pure copper contact plate, 7 x Ø6mm nickel coated copper heat pipes without direct contact with the processor, and of course aluminum fins grouped together forming the two-tower setup as the cooling surface. The overall cooler dimensions are 128.5(L) mm x 140(W) mm x 168.3(H) mm and weight of 1181 g including the fans and  weight of 936 g without the fans.

First things first, so let’s start with the contact plate and check what it has to offer.

The contact plate
Seen from the front/side
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Cryorig R1 Universal features a perfectly milled contact plate with dimensions of 40 x 45 mm made of C1100 pure copper with silver nickel coating holding in line the 7 x Ø6mm copper heat pipes coated in nickel made according to the Convex-Align™ system. A technology which allows more heat pipes to be installed in a given area by optimizing the heat pipe placement in the copper base, and improve the alignment with the central processor unit. With Heatpipe Convex-Align™ system, each heatpipe functions with its maximum TDP capacity and provides the best possible performance.

The heatpipes seen from the side The heatpipes seen from the back
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And here comes the more interesting thing regarding the pipes.

On the front tower, the heat pipes are very seriously bend so they move the front tower a bit closer to the center of the heat sink and avoid any possible RAM blockage, while the pipes passing through the back tower are perfectly arranged and offer normal bending, which makes the overall heat sink structure asymmetrical in relation to the contact plate.

Heatpipes seen from the top
Heatpipes seen from the top/front
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Apart from that on the top side of the cooler the seven heat pipes are hidden beneath the top fin and the plastic brackets holding the fans. When the plastic brackets are removed only 3 of them are visible, while the other four could be seen from the front/top angle. According to what I saw, the heat pipes are arranged in a zig-zag way and according to the Heatsink Displacement Optimization™ technology made as displacing the heat pipe alignment on the heat sink fins, which allows for better and more evenly spread heat conduction on the fins compared to traditional linear alignment.

Something which looks pretty nice and improves both the cooler performance and the overall appearance of the cooler too.

And since I said towers let’s continue with the article and check the tower structure. Something which is really interesting and innovative.

The towers seen from the front/side
The towers seen from the back/side
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Cryorig R1 Universal offers two identical towers with dimensions of 140(W) x 119(H) x 43(D) mm each and featuring something which I’ve never seen before. Every tower stack is separated into two sections, the loose air intake (front) and the high density exhaust section(back).

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The front section of the fin stack is made of 42 identical silver coated fins with 2.4 mm fin gap and thickness of 0.4 mm, while the rear section, which is made of the fins with the black matte coating features 53 identical fins with 1.8 mm fin gap and thickness of 0.4 mm. Pretty interesting technology bearing the name Jet Fin Acceleration System, but why is it made like this? According to Cryorig and by the laws of fluid dynamics, the increase in fin count in the exhaust section squeezes the airflow and increases the exhaust air speed. The increase of airflow speed allows the warm air to leave the towers faster and provide fast and stable cooling capabilities.

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So far I’ve seen something very nice related to the two towers but I believe it would be nice to pay some attention to one more interesting thing regarding the stacks, which is actually the Patented DirectCompress Soldering technology, made to increase the actual contact surface between the heat pipe and the heat sink fins. The DirectCompress Soldering technology is done by directly soldering the two sections to the heat pipes and provides up to 10% more contact surface compared to traditional soldering, and the more contact surface grants faster heat dispersion.

So far so good. From what I’ve seen, everything looks just amazing… The contact plate features very nice pipe arrangement, the two towers are actually a hi-tech assembly, but to make this cooler do its job it would require some very nice fans. So let’s check what type of fans are used to help keeping the heat sink and the processor cool.

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The standard Cryorig R1 Universal  package offers two absolutely different 140mm fans which are:

  1. Cryorig XT140 –  a slim fan with a round frame painted in grey with a propeller entirely painted in black and 13 not very wide blades, which make it very interesting in structure and very modern looking with dimensions of L140 mm x W140 mm x H13 mm and weight of 89 g made to be installed on the front tower to ensure no DIMM slot blockage, while working at 700 ~ 1300 ±10 % revolutions per minute range, providing maximum airflow level of 65 CFM at 20 ~ 24 dBA noise level range.
  2. Cryorig XF140 –  a thick fan with a round frame painted in grey and a propeller entirely painted in black with 11 very wide blades, with dimensions of L140 mm x W140 mm x H25.4 mm and weight of 156 g made to be installed between the two towers working at 700 ~ 1300 ±10 % revolutions per minute range, providing maximum airflow level of 76 CFM, while working at 19 ~ 23 dBA noise level range.

The connection between the frame and the propeller for both of the fans is done by HPLN™ (High Precision Low Noise) bearing, offering stable and precise movement, made for eliminating excess vibration and noise. Apart from that on every corner of the fan there are 4 rubber dumpers installed and made to remove vibration, if there are any causing unnecessary noise inside the machine.

Now I believe it is time to install the fans and prepare the cooler for testing.

All of the parts needed to install the fans
The plastic brackets attached to the heat sink
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To install the two fans on the heat sink, the first thing to do is to install the two glossy white plastic brackets, bearing the Cryorig logo on the top side and later attach the fans using the plastic brackets metal clips provided in the package. And here I want to share some experience. The metal clips are made of very hard to bend steel so it is pretty hard to install the fans for first time and it will require a lot of pressure to attach them to the plastic brackets. At least the plastic brackets are very flexible and didn’t break, when I was doing the installation.

And here I want to point out that inside the package accessories there are 4 additional fan clips (2 for thin and 2 for thick fans), which could be used to install a third fan. Thin or thick, it doesn’t matter. The guys from Cryorig thought about it.

And this is what both of the fans look like, installed on the heat sink.

The XF140 installed
Both fans installed on the heatsink
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The power and the regulations for the fan motors is done by pretty long, entirely sleeved in black 4-pin PWM cables and connectors, and both of the fans should be connected directly to the motherboard CPU fan header using the provided in the package PWM Y-splitter, as you can see on the picture below.

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With the cooler back together it appeared as a very massive and really good looking black, grey and white structure, made to provide very stylish appearance and probably very serious cooling performance. I can say that the former statement is achieved and I will check the latter one but first I will have to install it on my motherboard with the provided mounting kit. According to the official details announced on the company web page, the cooler is made to be compatible with:

  1. Intel sockets: LGA 775/1150/1155/1156/1366/2011
  2. AMD sockets: AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+/FM1/FM2

Of course, for doing the tests with my rig I will use the AMD brackets and these are the parts needed so the cooler can be installed on the motherboard:

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And before I install the mounting kit on the motherboard let’s pay attention to its parts.

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First thing to do is to install the back plate provided in the package, which even though it looks pretty standard it is entirely different than the one provided with the AMD motherboards. The standard AMD back plate has 4 holes with screws inside each corner, while this one provided with the cooler offers 4 bolts with screws outside. That is huge difference!

The backplate attached
The front plate fastened 
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So the back plate should be placed behind the motherboard and fastened with the 4 pillars provided in the package. After that, the front plate painted in black should be installed on the pillars and fastened with the four thumb-screw caps. So far everything was a child’s play.

With the mounting kit installed it is time to install the heatsink to the motherboard.

One fan installed Both fans installed
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And this is what the heat sink with the two fans look like installed on the motherboard.

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As you can see from the picture above, when the heat sink is installed on the motherboard the design of the cooler, combined with the slim fan attached to the front tower will not block any of the DIMM slots and will provide all type RAM compatibility. The cooler is pretty massive and at the same time capable to provide the option for the motherboard to be used with full RAM capacity. Nice!

Cryorig R1 Universal Tests

Since the cooler is installed I believe it is time to check my testing rig and continue the article with the tests…

CPU: AMD Vishera FX-8350

  1. At standard frequency 4.020 MHz (at 1.356V)
  2. At low overclock frequency of 4.220 MHz  (at 1.380V)
  3. At medium overclock frequency of 4.420 MHz (at 1.416V)

Motherboard: GigaByte 990FXA-UD3

Video card: 2 x Gigabyte GV-R927XOC-2GD

Memory: 2 x 4GB Geil Black Dragon 1866 MHz

Hard drive: Kingston SSD SV100S264G

Case: SilverStone Raven RV-03

Power supply: Antec HCP-750W

Cooler: Cryorig R1 Universal

Thermal paste: Gelid GC-Supreme

For this test and review I am going to use the standard fans working at:

  1. 1 x XT140 –  working at 700 ~ 1300 ±10 % revolutions per minute range, providing maximum airflow level of 65 CFM, while working at 20 ~ 24 dBA noise level range.
  2. 1 x XF140 –  working at 700 ~ 1300 ±10 % revolutions per minute range, providing maximum airflow level of 76 CFM, while working at 19 ~ 23 dBA noise level range.

The tests were conducted in a closed system with:

  1. 2 SilverStone AP181 – 180mm fans on the bottom panel putting fresh air in and spinning at about 1200 rpm
  2. 120mm fan behind the motherboard cooling the socket and spinning at about 1000 rpm.
  3. Room temperature of about 18 degrees.

Both SilverStone AP181 – 180mm fans were connected together to the chassis 1 connector and were rotating at maximum speed.

And here I want to describe my testing method. I will install Cryorig R1 Universal and do stress tests using Prime95 AVX software with constant load on the cooler  for 14:30 minutes with custom settings of minimum FFT size (in K of 128), max FFT size (in K of 128) and Run FFTs in place at:

  1. standard frequency of 4.020 GHz (at 1.356V), at low overclock frequency of 4.220 GHz (at 1.380V) and  at medium overclock frequency of 4.420 GHz (at 1.416V) using only the XF140 fan installed between the two towers of the cooler working at maximum speed.
  2. standard frequency of 4.020 GHz (at 1.356V), at low overclock frequency of 4.220 GHz (at 1.380V) and at medium overclock frequency of 4.420 GHz (at 1.416V) with both fans installed on the cooler working at maximum speed.

And this is what the CPU cooler looks like when installed inside the case and ready for testing.

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And this is how the cooler operates when there is some serious load on the processor running at medium overclock frequency of 4.420 MHz (at 1.416V) stressed with 2 x Linx passes.


Now let’s check out the test results:

Cryorig R1 Universal 1 FAN@4020MHz 1.356V Cryorig R1 Universal 2 FANS@4020MHz 1.356V
Cryorig R1 Universal 1FAN@4020MHz 1.356V Cryorig R1 Universal 2FAN@4020MHz 1.356V
  Cryorig R1 Universal 1 FAN@4220MHz 1.380V Cryorig R1 Universal 2 FANS@4220MHz 1.380V
Cryorig R1 Universal 1FAN@4220MHz 1.380V Cryorig R1 Universal 2FAN@4220MHz 1.380V
  Cryorig R1 Universal 1 FAN@4420MHz 1.416V Cryorig R1 Universal 2 FANS@4420MHz 1.416V
Cryorig R1 Universal 1FAN@4420MHz 1.416V Cryorig R1 Universal 2FAN@4420MHz 1.416V

All of the test results have been summed up in the following charts:

Results T

And the fan speed during the tests:

Results S

With the test results added to the article it is about time to share my conclusions.

Cryorig R1 Universal Conclusions

1. Cryorig R1 Universal performance:

After I spent some time unpacking the Cryorig R1 Universal and all of the accessories part of the very extensive packaging which will be needed for normal operation, arranging them for taking some pictures, installing the cooler and finally after I’ve finished testing I can say that I am really impressed with the overall features and performance.

So what exactly is Cryorig R1 Universal – it is the smaller version of the Cryorig R1 Ultimate cooler featuring a smaller, tighter and asymmetrical structure offering four different innovative technologies just to make the cooler a very good performer and at the same time offering the best possible compatibility. The combination of the Heatpipe Convex-Align™ System, Heatsink Displacement Optimization™, DirectCompress™ Soldering is made with one purpose only and it is to provide the best possible cooling performance, size and noise level balance. And after I finished testing I can say with hand on my heart that this cooler can handle every processor, working at idle or with load, at default or extremely overclocked frequencies running quietly and effectively. And this is guaranteed by the performance and the quality of the 140mm fans and the heat sink.

2. Cryorig R1 Universal appearance:

Cryorig R1 Universal is one really massive and at the same time very modern looking bunch of nickel, copper, aluminum and plastic, which when combined together will provide a really interesting overall appearance. The black/grey/white colour scheme combination will definitely be eye-catching and at the same time will stay a bit neutral to the whole rig. The cooler itself is suitable to be installed in every modern case with or without black interior or as a main accent for modding projects.

According to my review, I think that Cryorig R1 Universal deserves the following reward:

Best-Perf-Visual

Official price (MSRP) for Cryorig R1 Universal: 89.95 usd

Official warranty: 6 years with the extender warranty card

I thank Cryorig for the test sample.

Cryorig

Cryorig R1 Universal – Test and Review
01.06.2014
9.8/10
9.8 Review Score
Excellent compatibility/ performance/ noise level balance

Performance
10
Noise level
9
Compatibility
10
Additional accessories
10
Appearance
10
User Rating: 4.68 (2 votes)

Dobrin Krastev is the owner, reviewer and newsman of www.DVTests.com with more than 15 years' experience in personal computers, server and storage systems, UPS, peripheral devices and software. Passionate about testing and reviewing, AMD overclocking using AM3 990FXA and AMD FM2 A85X test systems and building modding projects.
11 Comments
  1. Anusha

    Did you have any difficulty in fitting the cooler inside the Raven RV03 case? I have the same case and I am not sure if you could easily the close the side panel. The heatsink clearance for the case says it is 163mm while this cooler sits at 165.3mm. Any comments on this?

    Reply
    • Dk_vr

      I had no problems fitting the cooler inside. I believe the information on Raven web page regarding the CPU clearance is wrong.
      So far I installed many coolers inside the case and the only one, which was bending the site panel a bit was True 140 Power, which is 172mm height :)

      Reply
      • Anusha

        Sweet. Have you tested the phanteks ph-tc14pe in that case as well?

        Reply
        • Dk_vr

          Unfortunately not. I got only 1 time test samples from Phanteks and was years ago.

  2. Dimcho

    Looks amazing, performs very well and does not make much noise – all the ingredients for a great cooler :)

    p.s. Love the new styles of the site ^_^

    Reply
    • Dk_vr

      The pure truth.
      The cooler indeed looks amazing and it’s performance should not be underestimated…

      Reply
  3. Bosko

    Looks like a very promissing cooler. Compatibility in a matter of size and position of the heatsink compared to the MoBo is very important. As ppl (incl. me) have had bad experience during assembling the rig :) What is authors opinion for the noise levels in idle/load and vertical/horizontal position of the fans? 10x in advance ;)

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  4. Stuen4y

    Spectacular cooler. I am glad there are companies that are bold enough to enter the market with a cooler that is the front runner if not even the best air cooler on the market. This is what Prolimatech and Phanteks did before that and for sure they will stay in the history and in the hearts of the enthusiasts. I hope Cryorig manage to do the same because they deserve it judging by the R1 Universal. Dobri, great work as always, but get a better mobo and test at 4.7-4.8, those beasts can handle it!

    Reply
    • Dk_vr

      I should say that the cooler is really good performer. Not the best performer for sure but according to noise/price/performance balance it could be the best.

      I am thinking to get a new motherboard and push the processor to it’s limits, but then there will be very, very few coolers which will be able to handle it. After all we talk about 270W+ constant load on the cooler for almost 15 minutes.

      Reply
  5. angelreaper

    Very good cooler. Perfect. And thanks for the awesome review!

    Reply
    • Dk_vr

      You are welcome.

      Reply

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