Considering the Thermalright Macho 90 is made for a niche market, we do feel that the design, its compact size, and the limited noise it produces will make this a great solution for those looking to air cool inside of a small form factor chassis. Taking that one step further, where most other tower coolers tend to block off important things like the only PCI-e slot on a board, with the Macho 90, these concessions were all taken into account when designing this cooler. The result is a cooler that provides the end-user with the best possible cooling solution at a really great price.
When it comes to these smaller systems, they are usually used for light gaming, internet surfing, emails, or even possibly in a HTPC. With the limited noise, specifically when under the control of the PWM circuitry, the Macho 90 is a great solution for those instances. What shocked us a bit was when the processor dumped a bunch of heat into this cooler, we found that even while thermal results were not great, the Macho 90 was more than ready to take on what we could give it.
The Macho 90 did not allow the processor to throttle. This means that even if gaming is on your mind, and so is a healthy overclock, you don't have to opt to pack in an AIO when there are coolers like this out there at a third of the cost.
While it may be some time yet before we actually have stateside access to the Macho 90 in the U.S., we feel that there will be quite a few users out there chomping at the bit to get their hands-on this cooler. If you take the Macho 90 for what it is, a compact cooler that will take on basic tasks with ease while staying silent, the $36 pricing is worth it just for that.
Considering that even with very low air flow to the cooler, it was still able to take everything we threw at it, it is hard to deny that Thermalright has definitely hit the nail on the head, even when that nail happens to be smaller than most others we test on a normal basis.
|Quality including Design and Build||95%|
|Bundle and Packaging||89%|
|Value for Money||97%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||91%|
The Bottom Line: While not a chart topper in thermal performance, it is in noise levels produced, it costs just a pittance, and is able to handle its own, even in the most cramped environments.
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