Thermalright Macho90 CPU Cooler
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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