A Closer Look at the Cryorig R1 Ultimate
The packaging in which the Cryorig R1 Ultimate comes in is far from exciting, mostly made from cardboard which not only protects the heatsink, but keeps the accessories organized. As usual no pictures from non exciting stuff so lets get moving. In this section, we will go over the external characteristics of the Cryorig R1 Ultimate.
Included with the Cryorig R1 Ultimate are a multi-lingual installation guide which is not that informative as I later found out on the installation section of this review. There are also two distinct back plates for AMD and Intel systems, a single 3-pin to dual 3-pin fan splitter, Cryorig CP9 thermal interface material, and some fan brackets to install a slim 120 mm fan on the back of the heatsink. You also get a really nice looking screw driver, which will come in really handy when installing the Cryorig R1 Ultimate.
Revealing the heatsink from it’s boring package was a weird experience, but not in a bad way. I was not expecting something as bold as this. In terms of appearance, there is nothing that can be compared to it, with the exception of the Cooler Master GTS line which is meant to make your computer like the guts of a car engine compartment. The dual tower design is covered by two plastic fan shrouds which also work as clips to install the included 140 mm fans. It almost looks like the heatsink is auditioning to take part on a Batman movie.
I usually rant a lot about not perfectly machined base plates on high-end CPU coolers, after all this is not a cheap product. Our sample of the Cryorig R1 Ultimate had some notorious mistakes on the overall finish of the base, something that can impact performance greatly due to the air-pockets that will get trapped between those gaps and the TIM used in installation. The base plate isn’t shiny either, as a matter of fact the picture above was taken with plenty of light pointed to it and we had no signs of reflection.
Compatibility has become a major issue, but manufacturers keep trying to fight their way around it. Cryorig’s way is more than clever. Like other heavyweight heatsinks, the Cryorig R1 Ultimate is shifted slightly backwards in order for the fan to not even come close to the ram. This can cause issues with things like really large heat-spreaders for the power delivery system located to the left of most motherboards. Motherboards like the Asus Gryphon Z87 with the Thermal Armor will not be compatible with the Cryorig R1 Ultimate. If you are wondering if the Cryorig R1 Ultimate will fit our motherboard, Cryorig has a made a printable tester for each socket which you can find here.
Hopefully my last gripe is the fact that the only 140 mm fans that you will install on the Cryorig R1 Ultimate are the included fans. Cryorig’s XF140 fans have the hole spacing of a 120 mm fan, something really similar to Scythe’s fans. Installing the fans is not tricky which is why I suppose it is never mentioned in the manual although it is a very important step when installing the heatsink, just simply un-clip the fans from the plastic brackets and you are done.