Cryorig R1 Universal: Review | Test | Specs| Pros & Cons| Hashrate | Set-up| Config

Test – Cryorig R1 Universal: Review| Specs | Price | CPU Performance| Hashrate| Setup| Config | Advantage (Pros) and Disadvantages (Cons) and other important features that will help you make better

Today is a big day, it marks the start of the tests of coolers of the company Cryorig, founded in 2013 by the elders of the biggest brands (like Thermalright, Prolimatech, Phanteks etc ..) it aims to offer coolers extremely efficient, of a foolproof quality and also with a look at the top!

I must admit that given what is said on the net about Cryorig products is very encouraging so I had to go out of my way to offer you a test! This is now done with a top-of-the-range “dual tower” format model, the R1 Universal. This model is the little brother of the R1 Ultimate and is in all points identical except for the fan on the thinner memory side and 0.5mm less in width on the memory side always in order to ensure full memory compatibility, let’s see what it has in store for us


The Cryorig R1 Universal is delivered in a very classy box which gives at first sight the impression of a quality product, let’s take a closer look at the box.


On the front there is a profile product photo with only the make and model as well as the color and a mention of the 2 fans present (1 x XT140 and 1 x XF140). At the rear, all the technical specifications are present, whether at the level of the cooler itself as well as of its fans and compatible sockets.
On the sides we can see a quick presentation of the various strengths of the R1 Universal, the compactness and compatibility of motherboards / memory, the quick installation in 5 mins (it seems a bit fast but good to me) as well as the presence of PWM fans equipped with anti-vibration pads. Let’s not forget the side with the big silver R1 that shines and makes bling bling 😉


By opening the box we find a small message saying that we can take advantage of a 3-year warranty extension (plus the 3-year base) by registering the product on the Cryorig website which will give entitlement to VIP status with the extended warranty, “premium” technical support and access to prize draws.


First of all we come across the box containing the bundle with a listing of all the parts present, we see that Cryorig has an eye for detail.


Inside this box all the accessories are individually wrapped and stored in small compartments, we do it well!


Under the accessories box there is another box containing the cooler itself with a small hole highlighting the logo of the marked on the fan on the front. On the sides we can also see 2 additional pieces of cardboard to add additional protection.
In the end, the packaging of the R1 Universal is really very well done, very close to the excellence that Noctua offers, it is rather a very good point!


Here is the beast once unpacked! Even if it is supposed to be compact we are in the presence of a good little monster, 1 “slim” fan at the front for memory compatibility and 1 fan with a normal thickness of 2.5cm in the center. We are going to take a little tour of the owner of course!


At the front, the 14cm fan takes up the entire cooling surface, all in black with the small CR logo in its center and equipped with anti-vibration rubber pads at each clip.
At the rear we can see part of the black radiator made up of 53 aluminum fins, the build quality is excellent. You can also see the 7 nickel-plated copper heat pipes starting from the base, the heat should escape quickly with that!


We immediately see the rather atypical look of the R1 Universal with a mixture of black and white, the result is really excellent and will set any configuration equipped with this cooler apart from the others, there is no doubt! Stranger each tower consists of a black part and an aluminum part which do not have the same number of fins, let’s see this more closely:


The black part therefore has 53 fins spaced 1.8 mm apart and the aluminum part 42 fins spaced 2.4 mm apart, the reason behind all this is to increase the speed of the air at the outlet (black part) by reducing the space between the fins. This would result in a faster evacuation of the hot air from the tower, Cryorig has found a name for this small system which is “Jet Fin Acceleration System®”, well why not!


Below we see that the heat pipes are not symmetrical with respect to the base in an effort of memory compatibility most certainly. The base does not have a mirror finish and you can still see the machining traces, however this will certainly not affect the performance.


The Cryorig R1 Universal bundle consists of:

  • 1 installation manual
  • 1 Intel mounting plate
  • 1 AMD mounting plate
  • 2 clips for a slim fan
  • 2 clips for a 2.5cm thick fan
  • 8 rubber pads for an optional fan
  • 1 adapter 2 x 4-pin -> 1 x 4-pin
  • 1 tube of thermal paste
  • 1 Phillips screwdriver

The bundle is therefore extremely well supplied, there will be everything you need to mount the R1 Universal and more, 1 very practical adapter if the motherboard only has a single 4-pin PWM connector, 4 clips as well as the anti-vibration pads for an optional fan, 1 tube of thermal paste and a screwdriver which will be almost essential as we will see later. Seeing all of this I can’t help but compare it to a bundle from Noctua, and that’s a pretty good sign!

Specification: Hashrate – Cryorig R1 Universal

Cryorig R1 Universal
Sockets Intel: LGA 775 / 1150 / 1155 / 1156 / 1366 / 2011 / 2011-3
AMD: AM2(+) / AM3 (+) / FM1 / FM2 (+)
Cooling capacity 240 Watts+
Weight (With fan) 1181 g
Dimensions (With fan) 168.3 (H) x 140 (L) x 128.5 (P) mm
Weight (Without fans) 936 g
Dimensions (Without fans) 168.3 (H) x 140 (L) x 116 (P) mm
Calloducs name 7 x 6mm thick
Fan supplied 2
Maximum number of fans 3
Guarantee 3 years + 3 years warranty extension once registered on the site
Price ~ 90€ TTC
Fan XF140
Fan dimensions 140 x 140 x 25 mm
Rotation speed 700 ~ 1300 RPM ±10 %
Sound level in dB 19 ~ 23 dB
Flux d’air 76 CFM
Weight 156 g
Fan XT140
Fan dimensions 140 x 140 x 13 mm
Rotation speed 700 ~ 1300 RPM ±10 %
Sound level in dB 20 ~ 24 dB
Flux d’air 65 CFM
Weight 89 g

As we can see in this table the characteristics of the Cryorig R1 Universal are not in the lace, 1.18kg on the scale, very generous dimensions of 16.8cm in height for 14cm in width and 12.8cm in depth. The cooling capacity goes up to 240Watts and more depending on the air flow of the case, the 7 nickel-plated copper heat pipes are not foreign, enough to cool a good big processor overclock without the slightest problem.
The maximum number of fans is 3, 2 are supplied as standard and all the accessories are available in the bundle as we have just seen. These fans both have a rotation speed of 1300 RPM maximum for 700 RPM minimum, the noise pollution is 20 to 24 dB for the “slim” model XT140 and 19 to 23 dB for the model XF140, on paper they are therefore rather silent, it will be necessary to see during the tests!
Offered at a price of around 90 € we can not say that it is given but all high-end “dual tower” coolers revolve around these waters, moreover it comes with a 6-year warranty ( 3 original + 3 via product registration on the Cryorig website) just like the Noctua.

On the box is the very fast assembly of the Cryorig, so this is what I will detail here and give my opinion on the ease and speed of it, let’s go!


First of all you have to take the plate corresponding to the socket used, the Intel plate in my case and set to A (socket 1366), B (socket 115x) or C (socket 775), no screws to put in place or whatever whether it is here, all you have to do is push the small slider, you save a little time and it’s very practical.


You must then place the plate behind the motherboard.


Once placed it is necessary to screw the spacers on the 4 screws.


Then place the 2 fixing plates of the cooler on these spacers, 2 directions are possible, to blow the cooler up or down.


Once the plates are in place, all you have to do is fix them using the 4 hand nuts provided.


Do not forget the small dose of thermal paste on the processor. We are almost at the end!


So there you have it, once the cooler is placed on the processor, just screw it to the 2 plates using the 2 screws already preinstalled using the screwdriver provided!
I want to say that the installation in 5 minutes announced on the box was not a lie, the assembly is really very simple and very fast!

Memory / PCIe compatibility

Cryorig announces full compatibility and we must admit that this is not a lie either, see instead:


Even with the Corsair Vengeance memory installation there is not the slightest concern for compatibility, the “slim” fan fulfills its role perfectly here.
Let’s see the side of the first PCIe port stuck to the processor.


As we can see here the cooler is extremely close to the pcie port, although technically a card could pass I would not recommend installing one if the first 16x PCIe port is stuck to the processor socket unless you put an insulator between the fasteners of the cooler fans and the graphics card. Unfortunately this is the case with all “dual tower” type coolers.

The test platform

The Cryorig R1 Universal has been tested on the following configurations:

  • Processor : Intel Core i7 875K @ 3.2 Ghz
  • Motherboard : Asus P7P55D
  • Mémoire: Kingston HyperX 4 x 2 Go 1600Mhz
  • Disque dur: WD Raptor 150 Go
  • Graphics card : Sapphire Toxic 5850
  • Power supply : Seasonic X650

The test protocol

The core i7 875K has been slightly overclocked to 3.2Ghz. The temperatures under load are an average of all the cores for 3 tests of 30 minutes on OCCT, the temperatures at rest were taken after 15mins on the desk (still an average of the 4 cores).

The cooler has been tested against:

  • be quiet! Pure Rock (tested here)
  • be quiet! Dark Rock 3 (tested here)
  • be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 (tested here)
  • Noctua NH-U12S (tested here)
  • Noctua NH-U14S (tested here)
  • Noctua NH-D15 (tested here)
  • Scythe Mugen 4 PCGH (tested here)
  • Thermalright HR01 + 1 Nexus real silent 120 fan (tested here)

The temperatures


Ah, but the Cryorig R1 Universal is no joke! In 12V and with 46 ° under load it is on par with the Noctua NH-D15, and believe me it is not an easy task, it is simply excellent! In 5V on the other hand it is left behind by the monster from Noctua but it is always a little ahead of the other monster of the comparison, the be quiet! Dark Rock 3 Pro. Suffice to say that the performance is really excellent and it will be able to cool any processor, even overclocked.
Let’s see what this gives in terms of noise pollution.

Noise pollution

Warning: Part to be taken with a grain of salt, unfortunately not having access to the appropriate equipment and using an android application to take the readings The measurements below are only indicative! The readings were taken 15cm from the cooler.


In terms of noise pollution on the other hand, Cryorig is unfortunately not the most silent. Even if in 5V it will be very discreet it will be rather noisy in 12V. Indeed we feel that the fans push very hard and a lot of air once fully, on the other hand there are no problems of vibrations or parasitic noises which in the end only gives a noise of air movement.


Here we are at the end of this test, what about the Cryorig R1 Universal?

First of all the build quality is simply excellent, nothing exceeds, all the materials are of very good quality, the bundle is very well supplied and these last two points are at the level of a Noctua product, a good point there above! The design is another hit with a mix of white and black that is sure to make an impression in a case with a window on the side. The assembly is also not left out with quite simply the fastest mounting system I have had in my hands (for a cooler of this size) and full memory compatibility, another excellent point for Cryorig.

The performances are of course not left out and the R1 Universal manages to be on par with the Noctua NH-D15 in 12V which is quite simply the best result that I could have in aircooling, in 5V on the other hand it is done. distance a few small degrees but still very efficient. In terms of noise pollution, on the other hand, it is a little more mixed, even if it will be very discreet in 5V once charged, the noise will be clearly audible.

Offered at around 90 € (even if the availability is not really very good in France) it is a serious competitor to the 2 other “dual tower” coolers in the comparison, it will stand out with an atypical design and will be a very good companion for a pc config with a big overclocked processor.


  • Performances
  • Memory compatibility
  • Design
  • Build quality
  • Very easy to assemble
  • Bundle


  • Price
  • Noise at full speed
  • Block the first PCIe slot

A big thank you to Cryorig who allowed me to do this test.

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