The CRYORIG R1 Ultimate

Most expensive cooler I've ever had, but is it better than my Macho?

Posted by HowManySmall on February 12th, 2017
Research in Performance
Perfection in Details
The Apex of Air Cooling Technology

I'm very happy to wield such a monster cooler, special shout-out to CRYORIG's awesome support and Liam who sent this to me. I'm ready to watch my Macho X2 get beat. Now if only I had the Scythe Ninja 4, CRYORIG M9a, and Corsair H55 still, I could redo all the results again because I made them worthless by changing my case. Well, anyway, on to the review.

Test System

  • CPU: AMD FX-8350 (overclock: 4.8GHz@1.46v)

  • Thermal Paste: ARCTIC MX-2

  • Motherboard: ASUS 970 Pro Gaming/Aura

  • Memory: Kingston HyperX FURY 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3L-1600

  • GPU: Sapphire R9 Fury NITRO 4GB

  • Case: Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ATX TG (airflow setup)

  • PSU: Thermaltake Tough Power DPS G 750W

  • Software: CPU-Z / OCCT v4.4.3 / AMD Overdrive / Windows 10 Professional

  • Thermometer: Samshow Hygrometer HC520

  • Ambient Temperature: constant 23.4°C

Installation

The installation was not fun for me since it's basically a not-terrible version of the Scythe Ninja 4's mounting hardware. I have to somehow lineup the screws with no possible way of seeing the top one in my case. I eventually got it figured out after an hour or so, but it is also my first ever dual tower that I had to install. Basically, you have a few things for AMD that you need to install, and the order you install them goes like this:

  • AMD stock cooler backplate (included, unlike with Scythe)
  • Screw pillars
  • AMD mounting plate
  • Mounting plate caps
  • The actual cooler

See? That's extremely simple up until the cooler part. That's where it got difficult for me, as I had to line up the cooler's spring screws with the mounting plate, which was lower than it should be. I had to get two thin washers under the plate to raise it just enough that the plate could be reached by the spring screws. This was still better than the Ninja 4 by a light year thanks to removable fans and built in screws, so I'll give it a 9.5.

Noise Level

Okay, this cooler is quiet, don't get me wrong, but it's noticeably louder than the Macho X2. When I first start up my PC I heard a revving sound, and since my GPU's fans don't turn on at all until I get Sapphire TRIXX opened, I knew that the revving sound had to come from the R1. I'm used to a near silent PC, and this cooler surprised me. But again, it's still quieter than something like a stock cooler or my GPU on max fan speed. Enjoy your 9.5, CRYORIG.

Performance

I have been able to reach that sweet 4.8GHz on my 8350 before. This cooler allowed 4.8GHz WITHOUT my 8350 throttling. Let's get on to the temperatures.

Idle

Stock

  • Highest: 24.4°C, delta temp is 1.0°C

  • Average: 23.6°C, delta temp is 0.2°C WOW!

Overclocked

  • Highest: 29.9°C, delta temp is 6.5°C

  • Average: 27.0°C, delta temp is 3.6°C

Load

Stock

  • Highest: 40.9°C, delta temp is 17.5°C

  • Average: 39.2°C, delta temp is 15.8°C

Overclocked

  • Highest: 59.7°C, delta temp is 36.3°C

  • Average: 58.1°C, delta temp is 34.7°C

Yeah, that's pretty damn awesome. Nikktech said that my Macho X2 was better than the R1 with three fans, but no, that's most definitely not true. My CPU didn't throttle at 4.8GHz with the R1, but it sure did with the Macho X2. This is an awesome cooler. This was an easy 10.

Aesthetics

This cooler is so, so, so pretty. The only coolers that look better out of the box based on images alone are the Dark Rock Pro 3 and the R1 Universal. The Ultimate version comes with the black colored CUSTOMOD cover, and it looks so pretty. If all black doesn't float your boat, there is also white, red, green, blue, and one of my favorites, orange (I might buy the orange or white one if this replaces my Macho, still deciding on that). So, it's already one of my most favorite coolers out of the box and you can change part of the cooler? Awesome! The packaging is also really, really good, like permanent keep on display good (like my H7 and my other good boxes). Hell, they even make the thermal paste tube look great. That's dedication to aesthetics, wow. This cooler is so beautiful in every way. I'd give it a 30, but that's triple what I can. Sorry, but only 10.

Haha, bad iPad picture.
I managed to get a really awful low-light picture of the R1 with my iPad.
Merely average picture with my LG G5.
I also got a merely average picture with my LG G5.

Closing

I really, really, really like this cooler. I'm actually going to keep it for myself, I can see why there is a fan club over on OCN. They really do make awesome products (I don't count the H5, H7, or C7 as good for varied reasons). What's not to love about this cooler? It's relatively quiet, it has mounting hardware that's still better than most coolers, it looks absolutely stunning in my EVOLV ATX with my black fans and GPU, and the performance is better than anything I have used, including the Macho by a HUGE 10°C, which I thought was one of the best coolers ever. I have seriously replaced my Macho X2 with this thing, and I bought that with my own money, so that wasn't an easy cooler to replace.

Scoring

  • Performance (40% of the score): 10

  • Noise Level (30% of the score): 9.5

  • Installation (20% of the score): 9.5

  • Aesthetics (10% of the score): 10

  • Final Score: 9.75 / 10

Likes and Dislikes


Likes
  • Prettiest cooler I've ever seen. Seriously, this is like the cooler version of my case in that regard.

  • CP9 is pretty good paste as far as I know.

  • That packaging is awesome!

  • Included screwdriver!

  • Performance is incredible.

  • Customization everywhere!

  • Adjustable fans! (never seen that before in my life)

  • Warranty is awesome too.

  • The fan clips are much easier all of the other coolers I reviewed.

  • Incredibly well built.

  • Amazing build quality.

Neutral
  • Noticeably louder than the Ninja 4, TS140D, and my Macho X2.

  • Mounting hardware is both good and bad. Bad because it's similar to the Ninja 4, but good because it's faster and easier than the Ninja 4 (the screw thing is built in).

  • Mine didn't come with CP9, it came with CP7 for some reason. What is with that?

Dislikes
  • It's pretty expensive, but I am used to stuff like the FUMA and TC14PE.

  • The stock CUSTOMOD parts are glossy. I like glossy stuff as much as Anakin likes sand.

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