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Conclusion

No doubt, Thermalright HR-02 Macho is an excellent cooler with a lot of advantages and no drawbacks. We could have some concerns about its large size and heavy weight, but these parameters are hardly drawbacks for contemporary super-coolers (and Macho is obviously one of them). The only thing we would like to draw manufacturer’s attention to is the need for more reliable packaging, because thin cardboard like that will hardly protect the soft heatsink fins and fan blades from damage in case of a fall or hit. In all other respects the new HR-02 is going to be the best choice for a CPU. It is remarkably efficient, boasts low level of noise, comes with a universal retention that is simple to install and secure, and on top of that it costs only $40! Moreover, Macho can cool moderately overclocked processors in fanless mode, which very few coolers are currently capable of, even among the “super” ones.

Summing everything up, we can conclude that Thermalright HR-02 Macho definitely deserves our Recommended Buy title. However, we liked it so much that we decided to upgrade its award to Editor’s Choice title for being the best air-cooler for central processors in its price range:

 
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