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Thermalright Macho 90 CPU Cooler Review (Page 5)

By Chad Sebring from Jan 29, 2015 @ 0:08 CST
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Thermalright

Installation and Finished Product


To start off the installation process for the Macho 90, we take the smaller Intel spacers, and send screws through them and the back of the motherboard. There is no back plate for this cooler.


The screws that run through the back are used to tighten the standoffs too. The standoffs do have a nylon washer under them, and the screws will run out of threads as they tighten completely to lock them into place.


Next, the top mounting ring gets screwed onto the top of the standoffs, providing a way to mount the cooler to the motherboard with the holes on the sides of the ring.


While we did not show the screwdriver with the rest of the hardware, we thought it best to show it for its major use. While it can obviously be used on the rest of the screws too, this driver is just long enough to fit down the tunnels in the fins, and being magnetic makes mounting the cooler a breeze.


When it comes to the actual installation of the Macho 90, we did find that the fan wants to ride much higher on the cooler in our test system. Even with memory that has no spreaders on it, you need low-profile DIMMS to allow the fan to ride in the proper location to keep the height to 135mm.


As you can see here, the fan is resting as low as it can go, actually sitting on one of our sticks after the tip of the spreader was removed. Not only does it encroach on this space, but it limits two, and even possibly the third slot, depending on the width of the spreaders.


As we move back and look at the depth of the Macho 90, we now see why the cooler is designed to take a fan on the back, as well as the front. This way, when the memory becomes an issue as it does here, you can simply put the fan on the back of the cooler, and use it that way -there is plenty of room.


Due to the very compact nature of this design, there is also full access to the screws around the cooler, and the first PCI-e slot has enough room to put any desired card in that slot. Considering most mini-ITX motherboards only have one slot, the Macho 90 has a great thing going. Most other tower coolers that fit small boards tend to block almost everything else.

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