Before I start writing the article about the latest model included in the company portfolio I believe it will be nice to pay some attention to all of the products included in the series. Products which up until now I had never had the chance to touch or test and for that reason I am pretty excited to check what Thermalright Macho rev.B has to offer.
So, what is actually the Macho series?
Thermalright Macho is a series included in the company portfolio featuring single tower coolers, made to provide outstanding performance, very low noise level while working as passive coolers or using 120mm or 140mm fans. The series itself features:
- MACHO 120 REV. A – a CPU cooler with dimensions of 127mm (D) x 120mm (W) x 150mm (H) and 688 g including the fan. The cooler is made of copper and aluminum, providing 5 x Ø6mm heatpipes and cooled by a 120 x 120 x 25 mm fan, working at 600 – 1.300 revolutions per minute range, providing airflow level of 78,5 m³/h at noise level of 25,4 dBa.
- HR-02 MACHO REV.A (BW) – a CPU cooler with dimensions of 129mm (D) x 150mm (W) x 162mm (H) and 870 g including the fan. The cooler is made of copper and aluminum, providing 6 x Ø6mm heatpipes and cooled by a 140 x 152 x 26,5 mm fan, working at 900 – 1.300 revolutions per minute range, providing airflow level range of 96 – 125 m³/h at noise level of 17 – 21 dB(A).
- HR-02 MACHO PCGH-EDITION – a CPU cooler with dimensions of 129mm (D) x 150mm (W) x 162mm (H) and 860 g including the fan. The cooler is made of copper and aluminum, providing 6 x Ø6mm heatpipes and cooled by a 140 x 152 x 26,5 mm fan, working at 800 revolutions per minute, providing airflow level 77,0 m³/h at noise level of 15 dB(A).
- HR-02 MACHO ZERO – a CPU cooler with dimensions of 102mm (D) x 140mm (W) x 162mm (H) and 750 g. The cooler is made of copper and aluminum, providing 6 x Ø6mm heatpipes and not featuring any cooling fan.
- HR-02 MACHO REV.B – a CPU cooler with dimensions of 129mm (D) x 150mm (W) x 162mm (H) and 880 g including the fan. The cooler is made of copper and aluminum, providing 6 x Ø6mm heatpipes and cooled by a 140 x 152 x 26,5 mm fan, working at 300 – 1.300 revolutions per minute range, providing airflow level range of 28,7 – 125 m³/h at noise level of 15 – 21 dB(A).
For this test and review I’ve received Thermalright HR-02 MACHO REV.B, which to be honest is very good looking and most of all a very promising product. I am very excited about this model and really curious to check how it will cool my AMD FX-8350 at default and overclocked frequencies.
And as always, let’s start with checking the package.
|Front side of the box||Back side of the box|
Thermalright Macho rev.B arrived to me for doing a test and review in a very massive cubical and at the same time very colourful carton box, painted in black and light green. On the front side of the box there is a huge picture of the cooler, of course the company name and logo, the model name and some of the company’s awards from previous years.
On one of the side panels of the box there are the basic technical details regarding the dimensions of the cooler, the technical details of the fan and the socket compatibility list in several languages, while the other side provides a lot of additional information regarding the heat sink structure, features and additional accessories.
Apart from that, there is a very long list of awards given by many different web pages to a different Thermalright products.
Pretty impressive to be honest, but now let’s check what’s inside the black/green box.
| Installation manual and the fan
||The heat sink itself|
First thing to notice after I opened the big cubical box was the typical very detailed installation manual provided with the product placed on top of a Styrofoam cover. Beneath it there was the TY-147, of course protected from all sides with Styrofoam and right beneath the fan was the heat sink itself. Massive and very stylish looking with it’s silver and black colours and of course again carefully protected from all sides with Styrofoam sheets.
Now I believe it is time to check the cooler’s structure…
Oh wait… where are the additional accessories? Here I was a bit confused but after removing the heatsink and the fan out of their fortress… there they were…
The pretty massive white carton box holding all of the additional accessories provided with the cooler was on the bottom of the carton box.
After I took all of the things which I found inside the box this is the view which I got. The cooler itself together with the black/white fan, an installation manual and of course the typical white carton box holding the additional accessories which will be needed so the cooler can be used with all modern Intel or AMD sockets.
As always, let’s start checking what is inside the white box made to hold the additional accessories.
THERMALRIGHT Macho rev.B ADDITIONAL ACCESSORIES
All of the additional accessories arrived carefully packed in separate nylon bags just to ensure that all of the parts will be in perfect condition and to provide a clear view of what parts are needed for which socket. After I took all of the accessories out of their packages and arranged them for taking pictures, this is the view I got.
The standard, which is kinda typical for most the high grade coolers from the company, package features:
- Painted in black metal backplate required for both Intel and AMD sockets
- A semi-transparent white isolation pad for the back plate to protect from short circuit between the motherboard and the metal back plate
- Silver metal square front plate required for both Intel and AMD sockets
- Silver metal bar made to hold the cooler attached to the front plate required for both Intel and AMD sockets
- 4 x Nut thumbscrews with rubber dumpers
- 4 x LGA 2011 thumbscrew pillars
- 5 x M3 L10 screws (one is spare)
- 7 x M3 L6 screws (one is spare)
- 2 x fan clips for installing only one fan
- 4 x AMD back plate washers
- 4 x Intel back plate washers
- 4 x anti-vibration pads for installing one fan
- Back plate cap needed for AMD sockets
- Chill factor thermal compound
- An installation manual
- Thermalright sticker
- A very, very massive screwdriver, which is actually very handy and apart from that it can be used as a very serious weapon.
According to my experience it is very typical for Thermalright to provide very extensive package content, so the cooler can be compatible with every modern or even older socket and provide the best possible cooling performance for wider range of processors.
And I believe the time to check the cooler structure has arrived. Finally!
THERMALRIGHT Macho rev.B HEAT SINK STRUCTURE
Like every other modern CPU cooler Thermalright Macho rev.B offers a pretty standard structure made of the three major components which as usual I am going to check and describe one by one in this review and they are: the heat sink structure formed as a pretty massive single tower, a single cooling fan, which should be installed on the front of the heatsink and the standard for Thermalright mounting kit.
So let’s start with the cooler’s heat sink.
Thermalright Macho rev.B is designed as a single radiator made of a C1100 pure copper contact plate, 6 x Ø6mm nickel coated copper heat pipes without direct contact with the processor, and of course aluminum fins forming the cooling surface. The overall cooler dimensions are 102mm (D) x 140mm (W) x 162mm (H) and 720 g including the fan
First things first, so let’s start with the very shiny contact plate since it has the most important role for keeping every processor running cool and quiet.
Thermalright Macho rev.B offers an absolutely perfect and mirror like contact surface with dimensions of 40 x 53 mm optimized for Haswell-E processors. The contact plate is made of C1100 pure copper with very shiny silver nickel coating holding in line the 6 x asymmetrical according to the center of the cooler Ø6mm made of pure copper silver nickel coated heatpipes. All of the asymmetrical U-shaped heat pipes are made to move the fin stack away from the DRAM slots and to pass through and transfer the heat from the central processor unit to the aluminum fins with the best possible conduction speed.
And since I’ve mentioned the aluminum fin stack, I believe it is time to move forward with the review and check the cooling surface of the cooler.
|Macho Rev.B front side of the heat sink||Macho Rev.B top/left side of the heat sink|
Thermalright Macho rev.B is made as a very massive single tower cooler offering very serious and at the same time very stylish looking aluminum fin stack structure with dimensions of 102mm (D) x 150mm (W) x 106mm (H).
The heat sink itself is equipped with 29 performance aluminum fins in silver and 1 performance aluminum fin placed on top of the cooler, which is entirely painted in black matte to improve the overall cooler appearance. All of the fins are 1mm thick with 3 mm gap and are asymmetrically assembled to the center of the cooler.
And here I saw something which is actually becoming a trend, and the thing is the huge fin gap which is made to provide the best cooling performance with a fan working at low to middle revolutions per minute range with average to middle static level pressure range. Of course, by using such a fan the noise level will decrease significantly.
And by mentioning the fan, let’s talk about it, too.
The standard cooler setup offers one Thermalright TY-147 with dimensions of L152 mm x H140 mm x W26.5 mm and weight of 160g featuring an entirely painted in black round frame and entirely painted in white propeller with 7 very wide and at the same time not very sharply angled blades working at 300 – 1.300 revolutions per minute range, providing airflow level range up to 125 m³/h at noise level of 15 – 21 dB(A).
The connection between the propeller and the frame is done by 4-pin PWM powered and regulated Enhanced Hyper-Flow Bearing (EHFB) made to provide stable and long life operation.
Now I believe it is time to install the fan and prepare the cooler for testing.
To install the fan I will have to follow the standard procedure described in the installation manual and the first thing to do is actually to install the two metal clips to the heat sink by inserting the metal clips in pre-drilled holes on the outer side of the aluminum fin stack and later just push them to the fan sides. A method, which I saw for first time when I tested Thermalright True 140 Power and which is very effective and convenient.
With the clips attached to the heatsink the next step was to attach the 4 rubber dampers on the heatsink which will make the cooler absolutely silent and absorb any vibrations generated by the fan. Of course, if there are any vibrations from a fan working at 300 – 1300 revolutions per minute range.
And this is what the fan looks like attached to the heat sink.
With all of the parts assembled together, the cooler looks really massive and I expect a very serious cooling performance but a structure like this will definitely require very massive and reliable mounting kit and I believe I am finally ready to install the cooler on the motherboard.
According to the official technical details the cooler is compatible with all modern sockets on the market including:
- Intel sockets: LGA 2011-3 / 2011 / 1366 / 1156 / 1155 / 1150 /775
- AMD sockets: FM2 / FM1 / AM3+ / AM3 / AM2+ / AM2
For doing the tests I will use the AMD brackets and these are the parts needed so the cooler can be installed on the motherboard:
As always, before I start with the actual installation, I opened the installation manual, read carefully the instructions and picked up the right accessories for the actual socket.
And after that I had to prepare the back plate before attaching it to the motherboard.
|The metal back plate||Ready to be installed|
To prepare the back plate first thing to do was to add the semi-transparent isolation pad for avoiding short circuit with the motherboard, the bolts which will be used to hold the back plate to the motherboard and the four AMD plastic washers. And the last step before I attach the back plate to the motherboard is to add the plastic back plate cap needed for AMD sockets.
With the back plate assembled, let’s attach it to the motherboard.
To attach the back plate I had to add it on the back of the motherboard and fasten it with the 4 nut screws with rubber dampers and fasten them by hand.
And the final step before installing the cooler is to attach the front metal plate to the motherboard and fasten it with four small bolts using the provided in the package screwdriver.
And this is what the full cooler setup looks like installed on the motherboard.
As you can see from both pictures above, when the heat sink is installed on the motherboard the design of the cooler, combined with the standard fan attached will not block any of the front DRAM slots and will provide full low profile RAM compatibility and high profile RAM compatibility for all Intel (apart from socket 2011) and AMD sockets.
THERMALRIGHT Macho rev.B TESTS
With the CPU cooler installed on the motherboard, I believe it is time to check the testing rig and then I should continue the article with the tests…
CPU: AMD Vishera FX-8350
- At standard frequency 4.020 MHz (at 1.356V)
- At low overclock frequency of 4.220 MHz (at 1.392V)
- At medium overclock frequency of 4.420 MHz (at 1.416V)
Motherboard: GigaByte 990FXA-UD3
Video card: 2 x Gigabyte GV-R927XOC-2GD
Memory: 2 x 4GB Geil Black Dragon 1866 MHz
Hard drive: Kingston SSD SV100S264G
Hard drive: WD Server Edition WD1002F9YZ 1TB
Case: SilverStone Raven RV-03
Power supply: Antec HCP-750W
Cooler: Thermalright Macho Rev.B
Thermal paste: Noctua NT-H1 thermal compound
For this test and review I am going to use the standard Thermalright TY-147 fan provided with the cooler, working at speed range of 300 – 1300 revolutions per minute, providing airflow level of 28,7 – 125 m³/h at noise level of 15 – 21 dB(A).
The tests were conducted in a closed system with:
- 2 x SilverStone AP181 – 180mm fans on the bottom panel of the case putting fresh air in and spinning at about 1200 rpm
- 120mm fan behind the motherboard cooling the socket and spinning at about 1000 rpm.
Room temperature of about 18 degrees.
Both SilverStone AP181 – 180mm fans were connected together to the chassis 1 connector and were rotating at maximum speed.
And here I want to describe my testing method.
I will install Thermalright Macho rev.B and do stress tests using Prime95 AVX software with constant load on the cooler for 14:30 minutes with custom settings of minimum FFT size (in K of 128), max FFT size (in K of 128) and Run FFTs in place at standard frequency of 4.020 GHz (at 1.356V), at low overclock frequency of 4.220 GHz (at 1.392V) and at medium overclock frequency of 4.420 GHz (at 1.416V) using just the standard TY-147 fan working at maximum speed.
And this is what the CPU cooler looks like when installed inside the case and ready for testing.
After I installed the cooler on the motherboard and mounted the motherboard inside the case, the cooler looks like a huge square metal block covering the processor and all of the components around the socket.
Now let’s check out the test results:
|TR Macho Rev.B 1350rpm@4020MHz 1.356V||TR Macho Rev.B 1350rpm@4220MHz 1.392V|
|TR Macho Rev.B 1350rpm@4420MHz 1.416V|
All of the test results have been summed up in the following charts:
And the fan speed during the tests:
I believe it is time for conclusions…
THERMALRIGHT Macho rev.B Conclusions
1. Thermalright Macho rev.B performance:
Thermalright Macho rev.B is the latest arrival in the Macho series and in the company portfolio, featuring the standard, very massive single tower design, which is made entirely to provide the supreme balance between high tech-features, cooling capabilities and most of all operating at extremely low noise level. And after I am done testing the product I should say that Macho rev.B is definitely worthy to be part of the series.
The cooler itself is one massive structure featuring a combination of 3 different metals such as pure copper, aluminum and nickel made with one purpose only and that is to keep every modern processor working cool, stable and quiet at default, overclocked or even extremely overclocked frequencies – it doesn’t really matter. In all cases the cooler will definitely handle keeping the processor running and providing the best possible performance.
Even though the heat sink is designed to be an extreme performer, without a good fan it won’t achieve much. And here comes the very well-balanced TY-147 fan designed as one really quiet fan providing very nice airflow level and very decent static level pressure. Of course, for the ultimate performance the cooler can be equipped with a second fan in push-pull setup but then the dimensions of the cooler will be outrageous and it will definitely block everything around the socket and will not be compatible with 2011 sockets. Not that a second fan is really needed but still it is an option.
And here I can say that Thermalright Macho rev.B is actually an upgraded version of Thermalright True Spirit 140 Power.
2. Thermalright Macho rev.B appearance:
Thermalright Macho rev.B is a CPU cooler with very serious dimensions, which definitely makes the product look really serious and reliable. And it definitely is. The cooler itself offers a stylish and clean design made of a very shiny silver heat sink with a black fin on top, combined with black/white TY-147 fan which will definitely stay neutral and fit in every modern entirely painted in black case or modding project.
According to my review, I think that Thermalright Macho rev.B deserves the following reward:
Official price (MSRP) for Thermalright Macho rev.B : 42.99 euro
Official warranty: 24 months
I thank Thermalright for the test sample.