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Thermalright Macho 120 SBM CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 2, 2016 1:20 am
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: Thermalright

Thermalright Macho 120 SBM CPU Cooler

 

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Looking into the face of the Macho 120 SBM, we see a 30-fin stack of aluminum, the heat pipes are slightly offset through the fins, and we can also tell that bits of the fin are bent along the surface. This is all designed to redirect air through the cooler, increasing the efficiency.

 

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We took the fan and installed it at this time so that we could see how much of the stack it covers. The fan is taller than the cooler and leaves small sections at the corners uncovered. Depending on how it is placed, it changes the overall height. The cooler is offset, allowing the fan to go all the way down, staying within that 150mm height measurement.

 

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This is what we mean when we say it is offset. The side of the cooler that is next to the memory is shifted way back, almost even with the base at the bottom. We can also see that three of the heat pipes run straight up into the fins, while the alternating two pipes are leaning towards the back to pass through the fin stack with equal spacing between them.

 

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The view from the back of the Macho 120 SBM shows two distinct places that the pipes line up in, and we do see the nickel plated tips being the tallest part of the cooler. While the outer pipes look to be 8mm diameter, the increase in girth is caused by the bends, they are 6mm pipes.

 

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From this angle of the cooler, again the pipes are allowing the stack to stay well clear of the memory, we also see that the sides of the fins are bent over in the front and at the back. This allows the fins to stay evenly spaced rather than capturing lost air flow.

 

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Just for perspective, we added the fan again. This does add another 25mm to the depth of the cooler but is still able to clear the memory. We can also easily see the three slits that make their way around the TY-127 fan frame.

 

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Looking at the anodized top fin of the Macho 120 SBM, we can tell the pipes are offset in groups, and all of the tabs are arranged to maximize flow around them and through the fins. The large hole at the top edge it to allow the passage of a screwdriver when it comes to mounting this cooler.

 

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From this angle, we can see that the fins are pressed onto the copper heat pipes after they have been nickel plated. The three straight pipes make gentle bends, while the other two are gentle at first, but are slightly distorted as they make the bend back into the fins. As to the copper base, the pipes are soldered there.

 

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Thermalright provides a protective film to cover the base while in transit. This keeps the mirror-like finish of the base from being scratched or getting something on it, and of course, needs to be removed before installing this cooler.

 

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Just how polished is this slightly convex base? Well, it is polished enough to reflect the screwdriver handle without much distortion at all. Only very fine marks are found in the nickel plating from when the copper was machined.

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