Thermalright Macho Direct CPU Cooler Review (Page 1)

Thermalright Macho Direct CPU Cooler Review

Thermalright's Macho Direct CPU cooler gets investigated under our cooling and sound tests to determine if it's worth buying or not.

| Dec 20, 2016 at 8:40 am CST
Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Thermalright

Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing


Thermalright has been known to make some pretty decent coolers in the past, and while most of them are huge, Thermalright always seems to devise ways of making installation a breeze. One of the best-selling names in their lineup is getting a new addition, which will bolster the Macho series of coolers we have seen in the past. This is almost a refresh of earlier designs, yet Thermalright is offering the first cooler in which the heat pipes make direct contact with the CPU IHS, that we have seen from them.

There is a lot more going on with this design as well, most of which we have seen in some form in the past, but things that stand out is that the cooler we are about to look at today is rated at a 200W TDP, and it is designed to be run passive as well. This tower is offset to allow room around the cooler for things like memory, and it sits high enough not to come into conflict with motherboard heat sinks, and all of the materials are left in their natural state, reminding us of many coolers from the past. Another major thing that harkens back to the golden age of CPU cooling with this design is the price, and is one of only a select few coolers of this stature to be had for less than $50.

We are speaking of the Thermalright Macho Direct CPU cooler, and on paper as well as with what we have already seen of its performance is a cooler that should draw a ton of attention. Yes, this cooler is huge, but it is simple to install, leaves room all around it for other components, can be run without a fan for the utmost in silent operation, and best of all, the Macho Direct will not break the bank when it comes to getting one. While Thermalright may be a bit late to garner attention from when HDT coolers were all the rage, they are still able to produce a cooler that is up to the challenge of what today's processors push in heat output. There is much to cover with such a cooler, so let's get to it and show you just what this Thermalright Macho Direct CPU cooler is all about.

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Obtaining this chart from the Thermalright product page, we see they do a fairly decent job at covering the Macho Direct in these specifications. At the top, off to the left, we see that the Macho Direct is 140mm from side to side, 117mm from the front of the fins to the back of them, and stands 158mm in height, depending on how the fan is installed. For such a big cooler, we are surprised to see it only weighs in at 650 grams, but this is the cooler only; there are an additional 160 grams of fan weight to consider too. The last bit they disclose about the Macho Direct is that it sports five heat pipes which are 6mm in diameter. What is not disclosed is that the fins are made of aluminum and total 31 in the fin stack. There also is no mention of the aluminum base used to contain the five heat pipes, nor that said pipes are copper, with no treatment applied to them.

The fan included with this cooler is the TY-140 black fan, and you do have the option to use it or not with a 200W TDP rating of this cooler. The fan is a 140mm fan but is not square in its measurements, and it is 26.5mm in thickness. The rated speed of the TY-140 is 300 to 1300 RPM, controlled via PWM if desired with the 4-pin power connection. Airflow from the fan is sufficient, topping out at 73.6 CFM, but there is no mention of the amount of static pressure that pushes those CFM through the tower. As far as noise is concerned, Thermalright rates the TY-140 at a maximum of 21 dB(A), which means the Macho Direct can be actively cooled without much intrusion to your ears, even if the fan is at full speed.

Thermalright also included three, dimensional renderings, to go along with the specifications. These show everything from the offset of the cooler to the standard dimensions, as well as showing off clearances that this tower built into it. Even if you have a motherboard which makes you question the fitment of such a large tower cooler, just by referencing these images, and measuring the motherboard, it is easy to tell if fitment will be an issue with the motherboard you have chosen to use in your build.

While using Google to shop for this cooler, not many hits pop up except for a few links to eBay. However, if you dig into the search feature at the major retailers, you will find this cooler listed with the big players at taking money from PC users in the US. First, we looked at Newegg, and there we see a listing for the Macho Direct at just $49.90 with Nan's Gaming Gear as the actual supplier of this cooler. If you want to save a little bit more on the purchase of this CPU cooler, you could go to Amazon. It is there we found the lowest current pricing, with a listing of the Macho Direct at $47.99, sold directly from Thermalright. In the past, we used to be able to compare coolers by the magic $50 mark, and while it has been a while since we have seen competitive air coolers anywhere near this price, it's nice to see that Thermalright is not trying to empty your wallets.

Instead, they are delivering a quite competent CPU cooler, which follows all the guidelines of what makes a great cooler, and leaves customers with a warm and fuzzy feeling knowing they did not have to shell out near $100 to do what the Thermalright Macho Direct is capable of doing.

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After a year of gaming, Chad caught the OC bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and Chad has had many air and water setups. With a few years of abusing computer parts, he decided to take his chances and try to get a review job. As an avid overclocker, Chad is always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals.

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