Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
7,298 Reviews & Articles | 53,253 News Posts

Thermalright Macho 90 CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 29, 2015 6:08 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Thermalright

Thermalright Macho90 CPU Cooler

 

thermalright-macho-90-cpu-cooler-review_07

 

Peering into the front of the fin stack of the Macho 90, we see the stack of twenty-six aluminium fins, with a twenty-seventh fin at the top that has been anodized black. Judging the size of the base as opposed to the rest of the cooler should offer a fair perspective as to how small this cooler is.

 

thermalright-macho-90-cpu-cooler-review_08

 

While the sides of this cooler are left open, we see that each fin has rows of tabs to help direct and trap the air flow that is running across them. From this side, we can also see that the heat pipes are slightly offset in an attempt to shift the cooler away from the memory.

 

thermalright-macho-90-cpu-cooler-review_09

 

From this usual angle, the back looks just like the front side did, so we are showing this side from the top. While there isn't enough fan clips for multiple fans, the back of the cooler has holes in the fins for the clips at the back, and is cut away on the back to support a fan to draw air, rather than having air pushed through it.

 

thermalright-macho-90-cpu-cooler-review_10

 

The only thing that really changes from side to side is the offset of the nickel-plated heat pipes, as the left pair bends differently from the right pair.

 

thermalright-macho-90-cpu-cooler-review_11

 

As the cooler lies on its face, we can now see the multitude of tabs that are cut into each fin, and if our count is correct, there are thirty-six tabs cut to direct air around the four heat pipes, and out of the back of the cooler. There are also two tunnels cut into the fin, and this allows the cooler to be easily mounted with the provided screwdriver.

 

thermalright-macho-90-cpu-cooler-review_12

 

The view from the bottom shows us that the fins have been pressed on over the heat pipes, but at the base, we see evidence of soldering. Of course, they are both nickel plated for protection, but the polished base also has a protective film applied.

 

thermalright-macho-90-cpu-cooler-review_13

 

The base is polished to a mirror shine, as evidenced by the reflection of the motherboard screw in the base of this cooler. It is high in the center, and does not drastically drop off at any point, not even nearer to the edges where contact is not made.

 

thermalright-macho-90-cpu-cooler-review_14

 

Jumping ahead just a bit, we gathered some of the hardware, and went ahead and installed the fan isolation pads, and the pair of fan clips.

 

thermalright-macho-90-cpu-cooler-review_15

 

If initial impressions did not seem to show how compact this cooler is, as we see it now, the 92mm fan is completely covering the fin stack, and does not stand taller than the protruding heat pipe tips on top of the cooler.

 

thermalright-macho-90-cpu-cooler-review_16

 

With the fan on the Macho 90, and now seeing it in profile view, we don't have very high hopes for the offset mattering much with that fan sticking out so far to the right like it is.

    PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.


    United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.

    United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.

    Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.

    We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.

Related Tags

Got an opinion on this content? Post a comment below!
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Latest News Posts

View More News Posts
View Our Latest Videos

Forum Activity

View More Forum Posts

Press Releases

View More Press Releases
loading