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Thermalright Archon

Thermalright Archon is the good old veteran of the cooling product competitions. In pure efficiency this cooler was the absolute best until products like Phanteks PH-TC14P?, NZXT Havik and Zalman CNPS12X came out. And in terms of efficiency-t-noise ratio, it is most likely still the best up until now due to an excellent Thermalright TY-140 fan. The company has recently released the “A” revision of this cooler, which features a 150 mm fan and an LGA 2011 retention kit and it is already on the way to our lab as we speak. In the meanwhile let’s check out the sane good old Archon once again:


The convex cooler base and the convex CPU heat-spreader didn’t allow us to achieve perfect contact between the cooler and the CPU, which you can clearly see from these uneven imprints:


In fact, my colleague had exactly the same problem while working on his Asus P9X79 Deluxe review with a completely different Thermalright Archon unit.

Thermalright Archon is installed onto LGA 2011 mainboards with four small bushes, which can be purchased separately, and is very similar to the installation process for the other coolers:

The MSRP for Thermalright Archon is $79.

Thermalright HR-02 Macho

Another super-cooler from Thermalright participating in our today's test session is Thermalright HR-02 Macho, which we also reviewed not so long ago. Being a budget reincarnation of the well-known HR-02, Macho proved to be an excellent product and became the least expensive super-cooler available at the MSRP of $39.95.


The best contact between the cooler and the CPU occurs in the very center, as you can clearly see from the following imprints:


When we tried to install Thermalright HR-02 Macho onto our Intel Siler DX79SI mainboard, we discovered that if the retention frame was positioned “correctly” (that is when the airflow is directed towards the back of the system case), the cooler interferes with the heatsinks on the processor voltage regulator components and therefore cannot be screwed on to the PCB. For that reason we had to rotate the cooler and the retention frame by 90 degrees. As a result, this is what we ended up with:

Other than that we experienced no problems with the installation and positioning of the Thermalright HR-02 Macho cooler on our LGA 2011 testbed.

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