Thermalright HR-02 Macho Quiet/Fanless Cooler

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Thermalright HR-02 Macho Quiet/Fanless Cooler

July 18, 2012 by Lawrence Lee

Thermalright HR-02 Macho
CPU Cooler
Street Price

Thermalright is a premier heatsink manufacturer with a long history of producing high performance CPU coolers. Their SP line were hot commodities back in the day and they followed that up with the XP series which also did extremely well. Though they were industry leaders in 2005, they were a little late to the vertical tower heatsink party, and followed various models from Scythe and even Zalman with the CNPS9500. They eventually responded with their first tower, the HR-01 "High Riser" before finally taking command with the Ultra-120 series (which lives on today in various iterations).

The HR-02 box.

The HR-01 received an update in 2008, the HR-01 Plus, which proved to be a superb low noise cooler thanks to the addition of a third heatpipe and an improved mounting system. Though it was a big step-up, the much larger HR-02 "Macho" is more of a proper successor. Macho is an amusing name considering the decidedly unmacho neon green prominent on the box art. If the packaging is any indication, Thermalright is attempting to dress up its image. Gone is the familiar plain cardboard box. They took it a step further by audaciously placing an image of the product on the exterior as well.

Included in the package is one a Thermalright X-Silent 140 fan, mounting hardware, and the various installation instructions for the various supported sockets.

The HR-02 has many of the same design elements as the HR-01, namely wide fin spacing and "through holes" to provide added ventilation in the vertical direction. Combined with a substantially higher heat dissipation area, it looks well suited for low noise or even passive cooling. The funny thing is, it doesn't look like the HR-01, but rather more closely resembles the Scythe Ninja, the HR-01's main competitor when it was released. The HR-02 doesn't have a symmetrical design or the nickel-plated heatpipes of a typical Thermalright tower.

Mounting equipment.

The mounting system is the same as the Thermalright Archon SB-E. Note that there is only one set of fan clips provided.

Thermalright HR-02 Macho: Key Features
(from the product web page)
Feature & Brief
Our Comment
Multiple support bracket system For Socket 1366/1156/1155/775 & AM2/AM3. Expected.
The Best C/P CPU Cooler for Overclockers & Gamer!
How exciting.
Proprietary through holes on fins for efficient ventilation.
The through holes might make a big difference for low airflow/noise cooling.

Fanless design for low-noise operation.

We shall see.
Including one Thermalright TY-140 Utra-low noise 900~1300RPM PWM-Fan (MAX21 dBA). Not our favorite sounding fan but undeniably quiet.
Convex copper base design, to ensure the highest thermal conducting thermal efficiency between the cpu and the heatsink. A given for a Thermalright cooler.

Thermalright HR-02 Macho: Specifications
(from the product web page)
Heatsink Specifications:
Dimension: Length 140mm x Width 102mm x Height 162mm
Weight: 860g (including fan and mounting brackets)
Heatpipe: 6mm heatpipe*6 units
Copper Base: C1100 Pure copper nickel plated
Fan Specification:
Dimension: L160mm x H140mm x W26.5mm
Weight: 140g
Fan speed: 900~1300RPM (PWM controlled)
Fan noise: 19~21dBA
Airflow: 56~73CFM
Connector: 4 Pin (PWM Fan connector)

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