Conclusion: In many regards, the Macho Rev. A is similar to the CNPS14X. Noise levels with both are pleasingly quiet, and the delta T results achieved by both were only 1°C apart in both Intel tests (once again the Macho Rev. A could not be mounted to our AMD system).
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...
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: 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.
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.
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.
Excerpt: In deze review testen we twee Thermalright CPU-koeler: de Silver Arrow IB-E is een high-end exemplaar en de HR-02 Macho PCGJ is een door onze Duitse collega's onder handen genomen model uit het middensegment.