CPU Air Cooler Mega Test
Published: 10th August 2016 | Source: Various | Price: do not click here |
|CPU||Intel: 1150, 1151, 1155, 1156, 775, 1366, 2011/v3. AMD: FM1, FM2/+, AM2/+, AM3/+|
|Heat pipes||7x6mm copper pipes|
|Fins||Front Stack=42x0.4mm thick, 2.4mm gap. Rear Stack=53x0.4mm thick, 1.8mm gap|
|Materials||Aluminium fins, copper base|
|Fan Speed||[email protected]|
|Noise Level||Front max 23dB(A) Rear fan 23dB(A)|
|Air Flow||Front fan 75CFM Rear Fan 76CFM|
|Air Pressure||Front Fan 1.44mmH2O. Rear Fan 1.44mmH2O|
The presentation of the fitting accessories don't half remind us of a Japanese Bento box, both in quality and the way each item is immaculately presented. You might not get the individual boxes that Noctua offer but to be honest, this solution is just as elegant and actually a tad more practical.
So, if you haven't already guessed, the R1 Ultimate is the daddy of the Cryorig line and as such has presented us with the lowest temps of the bunch. Aside from the black cowling the main difference, and the one that should effect performance is that the Ultimate sports a full depth front fan, which by definition will have an impact of RAM compatibility.
From an aesthetic standpoint we think it looks a little more "blended" than the universal as there's less tonal difference as you transition through the double club sandwich of fan, cowling and heat sink. Take a peak underneath the Ultimate and you might be starting to wonder exactly how they've managed to pack seven 6mm full copper heat pipes into such a small area. We're guessing that Cryorig aren't going to use the following statement as a promotional quote, but we do have to say that the R1 Ultimate appears to be the Sasha Grey of the Cooler world.
As predicted, the R1 Ultimate does overlap the first RAM slot. If your RAM is under 30-35mm you can get round this to some extent by shifting the front fan up a little bit, although this will of course affect aesthetics. We have to admit though that it does look rather at home in the new CoolerMaster MasterCase Pro5 test case. The NH-D15 may take the performance crown, but the R1 Ultimate is only 0.25 of a degree behind it, which is so little as makes no difference. What does make a difference though is that the Ultimate is simply stunning to look at and will compliment the inside of your case as opposed to clashing with it. If it were me, I'd go for the R1 ultimate over the D15 any day.