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Compatibility and Installation

Thermalright HR-02 Macho is compatible with all contemporary platforms. Its installation has been described in detail for both – AMD and Intel – platforms. In fact, we have already discussed it step by step in our review of the Thermalright True Spirit cooler. The cooler is held securely in place with a steel backplate:

…and universal screw-on retention:

The minimal clearance between the mainboard PCB and the lowest heatsink fin is 49 mm, which should be more than enough to eliminate any possible conflicts with the tallest heat-spreaders in the around-the-socket area. However, the bottom edge of the TY-140 fan is hanging about 25-30 mm lower than the heatsink, so in the end it will be impossible to install a memory module with a tall heat-spreader into the DIMM slot closest to the processor socket:

Other than that the massive-looking Macho shouldn’t cause any problems inside the system case.

Technical Specifications and Recommended Pricing

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