Overclocked sound performance sees the H5 Ultimate and Universal back to the assumed correct pecking order, with the Ultimate ahead. The H5 Universal is ahead of the R1 Ultimate, unusually and the Dark Rock Pro 3, which are two premium coolers, so pretty good going. The H5 Universal’s sound performance is impressive when you consider the stock and overclocked idle performance is negligible in difference. With the H5 Universal only reaching 42.3 Degrees C on a hot day, it makes for a capable CPU cooler.
We need to gather our thoughts around this cooler as the charts show a slightly mixed up view of the H5 Universal’s performance. It will be a combination of the higher ambient temperature and the XT140 slim fan, but also the fact that the H5 Ultimate exists in the first place. We feel there are no real downsides to this revision of the H5, and in fact, you gain more than you lose with a very high degree of RAM compatibility.
The Cryorig H5 Ultimate CPU cooler scored well, but you would have been compromised on some RAM choices. It is not the end of the world, but if you are a system builder, or have already bought your RAM, you will know it is important. The XT140 fan compromises the H5, but that was the plan. With a good custom fan profile, the Cryorig H5 Universal would stand up to the Cryorig H5 Ultimate, and only fall short in certain circumstances, but not by much. You do gain more than you lose, so if you want a very good CPU cooler and freedom to choose any RAM you want, now or in the future, it’s a very good choice.