Chad's CPU Cooler Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth Z87 - Buy from Amazon
- CPU: Intel Core i7 4770K - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Memory: G.Skill F3-2666C11D-8GTXD - Buy from Amazon
- Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7950 IceQ - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Storage: Patriot Torch 120GB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Case: IN WIN D-Frame - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Power Supply: SilverStone ST85F-G - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- OS: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
- Software: RealTemp 3.70, AIDA64 Engineer 5.20.3400 and CPU-z 1.72.1 x64
To see our testing methodology and to find out what goes into making our charts, please refer to our CPU Cooler Testing and Methodology article for more information.
With six degrees between the Macho 120 SBM and first place, we feel that Thermalright is really onto something here. Not many tower air coolers can reach this high on the charts, and most will make your ears bleed if they do. At 51 degrees, with the CPU at stock, we have no issue with this result at all.
The gap to first place widens as we applied the overclock. At 72.83 degrees, we are ten degrees from the best cooler on the market, and near 30 degrees from the processor throttling. It keeps company with many of the better 120mm fan based tower coolers in our charts and is better than expected considering Thermalright's fan choice.
Noise Level Results
With the TY-127 spinning at 950 RPM for our first part of the audio test, we are very pleased to hear, rather not hear this fan. You need to get right in on top of the cooler to listen to the fan at all, and from a foot away it is only 24 dB.
Still within specifications, but with our fan at 1376 RPM, the noise from the TY-127 is easily tolerable. Considering that with the PWM in control, you will only rarely hit the 38 dB level we recorded from this fan with full power supplied to it.
PRICING: You can find the Thermalright Macho 120 SBM CPU Cooler for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The Thermalright Macho 120 SBM CPU Cooler retails for $55 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The Thermalright Macho 120 SBM CPU Cooler retails for £51 at Amazon UK.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Thermalright Macho 120 SBM 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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