What we end up with after processing all of the data is a very affordable solution to cool your CPU in any condition, and the Macho Rev.B does it with some style, and complete ease of installation. There is not one step along the build process that is tough to complete, and the magnetic screwdriver is a huge plus for a cooler like this. Considering there is nothing that plays up with the DIMM slots, the motherboard screws are all still accessible with the cooler already installed, and the fact that only one screw is somewhat challenging to install, the design of the Macho Rev.B is quite the accomplishment. Even that single screw isn't too difficult to deal with; it just takes a steady hand, and a view below the back of the cooler. Even with the thermal armor in place on both the top and the bottom, we had no issues with fit where other coolers have cause issues in the past.
The sound level testing could not really have gone much better for the Macho Rev.B. Taking top honors in our voltage limited testing, and a strong second place with 12 volts coursing through it, is something we only saw in certain high priced coolers before this. When it came to the thermal testing, we did not think the Macho Rev.B would do as well as it did. Considering the fact that it kept company with $90 air coolers, and much more expensive AIO coolers, the value of the Macho Rev.B just keeps going up and up.
Any way you try to attack this design, the Macho Rev.B ends up on top. It is silent, it handles its job well, and it looks good doing it. The only real fault we can find with the Macho Rev.B is simply the fact that most of our readers will not be able to buy one, and there is no real word on when they will arrive.
In the end, we are left with a very successful design from Thermalright. Thermalright didn't just take an old cooler, color a top fin, and plate this and that. Instead, they really went over this design with a fine toothed comb, and in our opinion, made a great step forward from the Macho Rev.A. If this cooler were in the States, it would only cost you slightly more than $52 to obtain one, which really just rubs salt in the wounds of those of us on this side of the pond.
For those of you over the pond with current access to this cooler, we strongly urge you take a long hard look; and for those of you without access, this is definitely a cooler worth waiting for, the question is just how long that wait may be. Thermalright has delivered a very solid product that really puts a different spin on what this level of performance should cost, versus what others on the charts are actually charging for this level of CPU cooling.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||96%|
|Bundle and Packaging||99%|
|Value for Money||100%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||98%|
The Bottom Line: Thermalright proves with the Macho Rev.B that you don't need a dual tower cooler, and AIO, or any other $100 solution in the pursuit of silence and great results. Not only that, it has been updated aesthetically and will go along with any color theme.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Thermalright Macho Rev.B CPU Cooler]
- Page 4 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 5 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup, Thermal Tests, and Noise Results]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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