Conclusion: Thermal performance is judged on four factors overall; the idle temperature at stock and overclocked speeds as well as the loaded temperatures at stock and loaded speeds. During the testing, whether that be the idle or loaded testing, the system is either in idle or full load for a duration of five...
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.
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.
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 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.