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Written by David Ramsey   
Sunday, 10 July 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
Thermalright Macho HR-02 CPU Cooler
Closer Look: Macho HR-02 Cooler
Thermalright Macho Detailed Features
Heat Sink Test Methodology
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Thermalright Macho HR-02 CPU Cooler

Manufacturer: Thermalright Inc.
Product Name: Macho HR-02
Price As Tested: $39.95 MSRP

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Thermalright.

If you're overclocking your CPU, you're going to need a better cooler than the one that shipped with your CPU. There are many aftermarket alternatives, but enthusiasts know that Thermalright's products should always be on their short list. The problem is the high-performance coolers can cost quite a lot, with prices of more than $75 for top-end air coolers and well over $100 for good all-in-one water coolers. Thermalright tries to address this problem with the Macho HR-02 cooler, which they pitch as their "mainstream enthusiast" product. At an MSRP of $39.95, it comes in well under most high performance coolers, but will its performance match theirs? Benchmark Reviews puts this product to the test.

As CPU design migrates to a 32nm process (such as Intel's new Sandy Bridge processors and AMD's forthcoming Bulldozer CPUs), power consumption and heat production go down, and the need for monster cooling systems decreases. But there are still a lot of very hot CPUs out there, such as the overclocked and overvolted Core i7-950 I use in my heat sink test machine.


Any CPU cooler's primary task is to cool the CPU. Since retail CPUs come with perfectly adequate coolers, the main reason to buy an aftermarket cooler is for conditions that the stock cooler can't handle...namely, overclocking. Air coolers aimed at overclockers can cost more than $75, and with the Macho HR02, Thermalright's trying to bring this level of performance to a lower price point.

Thermalright Macho HR-02 Specifications

  • Cooler Dimensions: Length 140mm x Width 102mm x Height 162mm
    Cooler weight: 860 g (excluding fan)
  • Heat-pipe: 6mm heat-pipe*6 units
  • Cooler Base Material: C1100 Pure Copper with Nickel Plating.
  • Fan Dimension: Length 160mm x Width 26.5mm x Height 140mm
  • Fan Speed: 900~1300 RPM (PWM)
  • Fan noise level: 19-21dBA
  • Fan Airflow: 56-73CFM


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