Cryorig R1 Ultimate CPU Air Cooler Review

Cryorig is a name that is quite likely new to our fellow enthusiasts. When the company contacted us and asked us to review its news R1 Ultimate cooler, we took a look at the build design and it got us curious. The R1 Ultimate has an overall design that we have seen many times before, but surely had enough "new" to warrant a review.

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Conclusion

Cryorig has certainly put its best foot forward. For a company with no history to speak of, it sure is making its own in a hurry.

The R1 Ultimate is the exact kind of product you want to debut as a new company since it’s sure to build a buzz in the industry. Its performance is absolutely stellar, no matter if you’re running a stock CPU or cranking up the voltage. Add to that, the absolute minimal noise created by the fans and you have a real winner on your hands.

The only downside would be the R1 Ultimate's size. You can’t get this level of performance from a small heatsink but at the same time this thing will make even the biggest case feel cramped. Then there is the compatibility with enthusiast RAM heat spreaders. If you’re using RAM with no or low heat spreader than you have nothing to worry about. In our case though we had no choice but to remove a stick of RAM and run our system in single channel mode. We could have run the R1 using one fan and kept both sticks of RAM but this would impact the R1 Ultimate’s design profile and we did not want to do that.

In the end you have to factor in what configuration you’re running and choose accordingly but I can say with certainty if you have room for the R1 Ultimate you will NOT be disappointed. Now let’s see what all this greatness will cost you.

Price/Performance

The charts below show the cost you will pay for each degree in temperature reduction the heat sink gives you over the stock cooler. The two areas that influence this chart are cost of the heat sink and its performance. An expensive cooler that gives you superior performance will be rated as average here since its cost hurts its rating. Inversely, a poor performing heat sink that costs next to nothing will be rated as average since its performance will hurt its ratings. We ideally look for low cost and high performance. All prices were gathered by doing a very quick search of the web for each cooler and listing it here sans S/H and tax (these can vary widely from region to region).

As an example, if a cooler outperforms the stock cooler by 10C and costs USD $5.00 it would be listed in our chart as $.50. You would pay fifty cents for each degree of better performance over the box cooler.

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To arrive at a single number difference, we took the value of all four cores from our overclocked tests, averaged them and then compared them for analysis.

The Bottom Line

We are just going to come out and say that the Cryorig R1 Ultimate is expensive as you might have guessed given its overall design and packaging. Yes you get great performance, and yes Cryorig does a great job of adding in little extras, but when the Scythe Mugen 4 averages only 1.2 degrees warmer and costs half as much, we have to look at overall value.

We are not against a company releasing a great product and charging whatever it thinks it can charge for it but, what we have here is a new company trying to break into a crowded field. That means Cryorig needs to put the R1 Ultimate in as many hands as possible and at $90 MSRP per R1 Ultimate that isn’t likely going to happen. If Cryorig price the R1 Ultimate closer to $60 in retail it could truly build some brand penetration and sell a lot of units. Cryorig are relegating the brand to the boutique corner, currently home to companies like Noctua. That is some tough competition to deal with as the new kid on the block.

With best in class air cooling performance we are pleased to present the Cryorig R1 Ultimate with the [H] Editor's Choice Gold Award. However, at its MSRP, it might hold less value for you than other alternatives. Another thing holding it back is that Cryorig is not anticipating retail availability in North America until "around April to May." Cryorig did mention that it will be available through Amazon. We hope to see it in retail soon and see what other [H]'ers think about it.

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