Conclusion: With the overwhelming improvement in temperatures it is hard to find negative things to say. However, while we appreciated the 80mm fan clips very much, where was our fan? Thermalright, do you not see how much of an improvement the fan made? We think this product deserves a nice Thermalright fan with it! Another thing, it’s hard to find boards with compatibility to use this chipset cooler.
Summary: Overall, the Thermalright HR-05 achieves impressive results. The extra mass and high-quality workmanship of the High-Riser series translate into one of the highest performing chipset heatsinks. The main problem with this heatsink is its flimsy retention mechanism, which can easily let go of the heatsink, causing damage and destruction.
Because of its size, it might make your computer a little more cramped, which means more steps or extra care when performing maintenance.
Conclusion: All in all, the HR-05-SLI heatsink is yet another impressive chipset cooler by Thermalright. It has two heatpipes, a large copper base and massive surface area designed for passive cooling. Although it was originally designed for passive cooling, you can always hook a 70mm or 80mm fan onto it and enjoy up even cooler chipset temperatures. While we were utterly impressed with the original HR-05, we were amazed with the newer HR-05-SLI.
Pros: Excellent build quality, Copper base, Two heatpipes, Massive surface area, Works passively, Easy installation
Conclusion: Overall, the Thermalright HR-05 is an impressive chipset heatsink. Thermalright did the right choice by following the foot steps of the High-Riser series and the result speaks for itself. Although the size of the heatsink is massive, we couldnâ€™t believe how easy it was to install. Furthermore, it was designed to work passively but it is also possible to install a 70mm or even an 80mm fan on it.
Pros: Impressive design, Easy to install, Works passively, Massive fins, Heatpipe cooled, Compatibility with a lot of chipsets
Conclusion: As a passive cooler the HR-05 is comparable to a leading chipset cooler that uses a fan; with a fan the HR-05 should suit even overclockers.Installation is a breeze, requiring no tools or motherboard removal.The only drawback may be its height depending on where your chipset is placed on your motherboard..
Conclusion: This heatsink does exactly what it sets out to do; cool. It does the job well, and it can be run easily in either passive or active forms. However, finding a motherboard that needs this level of cooling is difficult, and unless you want to sink £15 into this cooler, plus Thermalright’s £15 PWM cooler too, you won’t be able to use it with most modern motherboards.
Conclusion: The HR-05 is meticulously put together, with the quality control an obvious forte of ThermalRight. The mounting system is an elegant solution to the varying hole width that motherboards provide and keeps the cooler in place while it does its trick. The fan mounting system is a little fiddly and seems like a bit of an afterthought but at least there is a way to use your 70mm fan.
Pros: Cools well, Immaculate machining, Secure mounting system
Cons: Flawed; can’t be used with most performance motherboards
Conclusion: Der HR05-SLI schlägt den Zalman um Längen. Nebenbei hat sich die Grafikkartentemperatur noch um 6K vermindert, da der VF900 jetzt mehr Platz zum Atmen hat. Alles in Allem eine sehr gute SLI Variante der aktuellen Chipsatzkühlerreferenz. Nur nicht ganz billig, aber was tut man nicht alles für eine ausreichende leise Kühlung. Und wer dann noch Platz für einen Lüfter hat, der ist für alle Übertaktversuche gewappnet.
Conclusion: Mit dem HR-05 hat Thermalright einen leistungsstarken und günstigen Northbridgekühler im Programm, der auch für nForce 4 Chipsätze ohne zusätzlichen Lüfter ausreichend kühlt. Damit dürfte er gerade für lärmgeplagte nForce4 Besitzer die erhoffte Lösung sein, solange der Thermalright HR-05 auch auf das jeweilige Mainboard passt. Ansonsten überzeugt der HR-05 mit einer sehr guten Verarbeitung und einer trotz der Größe einigermaßen guten Kompatibilität.