Thermalright Announces HR-02 Macho Rev. B CPU Cooler
Author: Hrvoje Jakovac
Date: 17 Nov 2014
Since the release of the Thermalright HR-02 Macho in the summer of 2011 the semi-passive cooler has been the reference in the field of low-noise coolers. Copied several times since then, the Macho is still unbeaten in its price range even after more than 3 years.Nevertheless, Thermalright did not rest on their laurels and continued to develop the cooler. Based on the new, highly acclaimed „IB-E" flagships Silver Arrow and Archon, the Macho Rev. B now also features an enlarged, nickel plated, and polished base (53 x 40 mm).
Thanks to this feature - otherwise only seen in Thermalright high-end models - the cooling capacity could be significantly improved and the advantage in performance over competing models further increased. First reviews from renowned test pages offer an impressive demonstration of this.
And so the slogan "More cooler needs no one", which has been coined in 2011, remains fully valid.
In combination with six high-powered, nickel plated high-end heatpipes the Macho is perfectly fitted for the most advanced Intel Core i7 high-power processors with up to 8 cores.
In order to further improve the look of the Macho Rev. B, the heatsink shines in silver nickel plating and features a black anodized top fin, like other Thermalright "Value" coolers.
The successful concept of the powerful heatsink, which is still aligned to the rear, was not changed. In the new revision, the cooler still uses the special design of the aluminum cooling fins - indicative for a very low air resistance - that has been optimized for low running fans. Several openings counteract the accumulation of air between the cooling fins, so that an optimum air exchange is ensured.
The proven TY 147 PWM fan with its streamlined „Torpedo" fan blades and the reliable „Enhanced Hyper-Flow Bearing" has been improved as well. In the new revision TY 147 A, the minimum rpm of the fan has been reduced from 900 to just 300 rpm. By this measure, the noise output was reduced significantly under standard conditions, so that the cooler is not noticeable from the outside (max. 21 dB(A)). The air flow generated by the new TY 147 A ranges from 28.7 m³/h to an impressive 125 m³/h.
Due to the unchanged maximum speed of 1,300 rpm the Macho Rev. B continues to provide substantial reserves, if a maximum cooling performance is needed.
The HR-02 Macho Rev. B is now available in stores; the MSRP is 42.99 Euro (incl. 19% VAT).