Excerpt: Thermalright Macho Rev.A Review Manufacturer: Thermalright UK Price (as reviewed): £39.23 inc. VAT US Price (as reviewed): Currently unavailable Striking an effective balance between cooling performance, price and noise levels is a difficult task for those in the business of air cooling CPUs.
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...
Conclusion: As seen above, the Thermalright HR-02 Macho is a strong performer and can easily handle an overclocked Bloomfield processor, and better yet, you can get this kind of performance for a MSRP of $39.95. Speaking of buying one, they are still hard to find for sale here in the United States.
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.
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.
Conclusion: First of all, I am simply astounded that this heat sink was able to successfully pass a Prime95 run at my full overclock settings with no problems and no errors reported by Prime95, all with no active cooling on the heat sink!
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.