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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

Final Thoughts


The Thermalright Macho 120 SBM may not be a chart topper, it may not be exactly flashy or over the top with its design, but there are tons of thing Thermalright got very right with this design. Taking the highly coveted Macho Rev.A CPU cooler, putting it on a diet while offering more users a cooler that is more than capable of the demands from today's processors. Do you need more? Of course, you do, and Thermalright has evolved and provided us with a cooler that is capable of performing to the level of larger air coolers, doing so with minimal noise involved, and offering no conflicts with anything else on the motherboard. This cooler is full of win.



The hardware is old-school, but it does the trick. The only issue we have here is that we do wish the screws in the backplate locked somehow. Balancing the motherboard with one hand on a standoff and the other hand screwing in from the back is not easy to do, and could be adjusted in the future to eliminate the possibility of dropping the motherboard. The only other thing we found a little strange, was the use of tubes to isolate the fans. Our issue is not so much of the material used; it is more based on the fact that they are touch to install into the grooves of the fin stack. We almost had to crush them to fit the gap, and let them expand and settle into the groove. While this does work, and kept all of the vibrations at bay, there has to be an easier solution to this issue. With low noise and above average performance from the cooler, the smaller issues we mentioned do work out for the best in the end.


With no mention of actual US pricing at this point, all we can base our opinion off of is the £42.99 MSRP and listed pricing we saw via Google. Converting this to US dollars is the most reasonable guess to add pricing perspective to the Macho 120 SBM, and at $57 you could do worse. While most of the competition for this cooler ranges from $80 on up to $200 for a handful of degrees, it sheds a fair light on Thermalright. Silence is golden, and the Macho 120 SBM is impressive in many categories and is a solid answer to anyone who wants a more compact cooler that stays clear of everything else inside the PC.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Quality including Design and Build95%
General Features98%
Bundle and Packaging99%
Value for Money92%
Overall TweakTown Rating95%

The Bottom Line: Compared to some of the monster coolers we have seen, the Macho 120 SBM delivers no compromise cooling! Clear of other components, good thermal results, and minimal noise to do it.

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