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Thermalright Macho Direct CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Dec 20, 2016 2:40 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Thermalright

Installation and Finished Product




You do not want to forget to be sure and install the rubber fan isolation pads on the tower. With only one fan supplied, we only put them on the front edge of the fins, but there are enough to do both sides. Without these in place, the fan will fit sloppy to the fins, and will likely cause excess noise that you do not want when this cooler is billed to be near silent.





To get the back plate onto the motherboard, you must first take the long screws, slide them into the correct holes, and use the white plastic washers to help lock the screws into the backplate. Once that is completed, you just align the screws and set the plate into place.




On top of the motherboard, you first need to install the standoffs onto the long screws, and these are isolated with plastic washers as not to damage the motherboard. Once those are in, you set the top bracket onto them and using the shorter screws without washers on them, you secure the top bracket into place.




After adding some thermal paste and screwing the cooler onto the top bracket, we can start to get an idea of what the Macho Direct has to offer. Looking past the RAM, we can see this is a big cooler, and in our installation, the fan is the highest point of the tower, which increases the overall height. On a side note, the 140mm fan is much larger than the fin array, and will have no issues keeping all of the fins cooled.




Populating all of the RAM slots is not an issue when it comes to AMD or most of the Intel motherboards. Seen in this image, there is a slight gap between the memory and the fan, which means you can use RAM of any height with this cooler as well.




Moving back a bit to get the full picture of what is going on with the Macho Direct, we can see there is a lot more of the tower behind the socket. For LGA2011 users, this means memory can conflict with the cooler, and you are left with needing to use memory which is 37.5mm or shorter as not to cause issues with fitment. It is also easier for the chassis exhaust fan to help pull air through the cooler, and adding a second fan to the tower may not even be needed or possible depending on the case used in the build.




From this view, there is a lot of CPU cooler covering the top of the motherboard, but the first PCI-e slot is open. The Macho direct is close to the slot, but cards will fit without making contact, but getting to the release clips for the cards is complicated by such a large footprint. While the Macho Direct does have an old-school look to it, as you are about to see in our charts, it is more than capable of doing what it is intended for.

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