Summary: The Thermalright HR-02 Macho was able to passively cool our mildly overclocked Sandy Bridge quad core processor with very little case airflow, though the temperatures were rather high as one would expect; we wouldn't attempt it with anything more demanding like a Bulldozer , Nehalem or Sandy Bridge Extreme chip. We should also note that this isn't our preferred cooling strategy, not when you have the option of putting a fan directly on the heatsink.
Summary: It looks like Thermalright decided to leave all of their competitors without any revenues, because their new HR-02 Macho cooler offers unprecedented combination of cooling efficiency and price, which is unreachable for all other manufacturers of processor coolers.
Conclusion: Please remember that these test results reflect our experience with each cooler on a specific motherboard, with a specific processor, BIOS revision, BCLK and voltage settings, and test programs. The results of this test cannot be directly compared to other tests since many factors will have changed.
Pros: Excellent performance for the price, Offset design clears memory sockets, Quiet, PWM-controlled fan
Cons: Requires special screwdriver to easily mount on a motherboard inside a case, No way to easily store unused mounting bits, Dramatic performance difference depending on orientation, but no recommended orientation in docs, Only one set of fan clips included
Summary: The HR-02 Macho from Thermalright is a mighty impressive cooler. Clearly, Thermalright has seen the trend of new hybrid water coolers entering the market and has responded in turn. Thermalright's response is well received. At stock speeds the Macho is a mere 5 degrees Celsius behind the top rated water cooler when set to high. Overclock the CPU and the difference remains largely the same with a difference of only 5.7 degrees Celsius.
Summary: Thermalright is a long time tried and true brand here at [H]. Very rarely have we seen a product from Thermalright that did not deliver a solid product to enthusiasts in one way or another. The new Macho aims to hit the value, quality, and performance segments...all at the same time.
Summary: The thermal performance of this cooler speaks for itself; even with sub-optimal alignment, it produced very good temperatures for such a power-hungry CPU. The quality of the included accessories is for the most part quite good, but the lack of included mounting kit for AMD boards is disappointing. That said, the people in most need of really good cooling are likely to be Intel users, and this cooler is well suited to taming those heat monsters.
Summary: It's hard to be disappointed with Thermalright products and well, you surely will not be disappointed by the HR-02. Throughout the installation we already had that weird 6th sense that we had something distinctive in our hands, and it is exactly that, the HR-02 is distinctive.
You can use the HR-02 in many ways, if you want to, you could go passive with it.
Summary: Looking to cool a 130 watt processor with a passive heatsink? I am not sure many of us are, but if you are looking to silence a powerhouse enthusiast system, passive cooling is now a way you can go. We have a look at Thermalright's passive HR-02. And yes, you can put a "silent" fan on it as well if you wish.
Summary: Der HR-02 Macho vom Hersteller Thermalright ist einer der beliebtesten Kühler auf dem Markt. Bietet er doch gute Kühlleistungen, einen leisen Lüfter und eine recht hohe Verarbeitungsqualität zu einem fairen Preis. Ein Problem für viele Nutzer ist dabei jedoch oft seine schiere Größe. Dies soll der kleine Bruder HR-02 Macho 120 jetzt beheben. Wir haben uns den Kühler genauer angesehen und gegen Konkurrenten aus verschiedenen Leistungsklassen antreten lassen.