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Thermalright Le Grand Macho RT CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Dec 23, 2016 6:45 pm
TweakTown Rating: 97%Manufacturer: Thermalright

Final Thoughts

 

Thinking back and pondering all of the good things we found in the Le Grand Macho RT, the list seems endless. Top–tier performance in our thermal testing, and at the same time, this is one of the most silent coolers we have yet to test on this or any of our systems from the past. The hardware is beefy, it is easy to use and assemble, and it is rugged enough to keep over 1000 grams of the cooler in fan securely mounted to the motherboard.

 

The base is nearly perfect in its lack of texture or imperfections, and the convex shape adds pressure in the middle of the IHS and helps to draw the heat out of the ever decreasing die sizes we see today, as well as being big enough to handle the large LGA2011 processors too. There are seven heat pipes in this design where most use only six, and there is also the nickel plating and black anodized top fin which dresses up the aesthetics as well.

 

 

When it comes to reasons why this cooler should not be your next cooler of choice, it is only the weight which concerns us, and only if you plan to lug your PC around to LANs or a friend's house a lot. We would normally be complaining about memory clearances, but the Le Grand Macho has accommodations in this design to make sure that no matter what motherboard you choose, you can stick in 46mm worth of memory under the back side of the cooler too. This means that while you may have issues trying to remove RAM with the cooler in place, you do get a wide selection of choices in heat spreader designs without causing a conflict. No matter how hard we try to come up with something, we just cannot fault this design in the slightest - Thermalright has thought everything through and made sure that the Le Grand Macho RT is up to the task.

 

To some, the main downfall of this cooler could be the price, as we are seeing that even obtaining this cooler without a fan will set you back nearly $70. With a fan it will cost you another ten to twenty dollars, at least we would expect as much. Without a current listing of the Le Grand Macho RT, this is all conjecture, but even so, we feel that this cooler is worth every penny. It can go toe to toe with the NH-D15 and is quieter while doing so, and it is also priced in this range. Even when it comes to the H80i GT which ranges from $90 to $149 depending on the location, it sheds light on the fact that the Le Grand Macho is priced right where it should be honestly.

 

That being said, we do like the look of this cooler once it is installed, and none of its competition is designed to run anywhere near passive, where this 280W TDP tower cooler is. For what it's worth, we feel that Thermalright is right on point with every aspect of the Le Grand Macho RT. If you have room for a large air cooler on top of your CPU, this is one of the best and should warrant a serious look when it comes to your next cooler purchase.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance98%
Quality including Design and Build99%
General Features97%
Bundle and Packaging98%
Value for Money95%
Overall TweakTown Rating97%

The Bottom Line: Thermalright hit it out of the park! Yes, this cooler is huge, but it looks good, performs better than most in our charts, and does so in virtual silence. It may be costly, but chart topping performance is not usually cheap, is it?

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