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Conclusion

We guess the Thermalright HR-02 cooling system is up to users’ expectations. It is especially good for everyone who prefers very, very quiet computers. The HR-02 is the best cooler available today in fan-less mode as well as with a single low-speed fan. You should take this into account when evaluating this model. An ordinary user may wonder if it wouldn’t be better to add $5 and buy a Noctua NH-D14 ($85) which comes with two fans, supports multiple platforms, and is even somewhat more effective from an overclocker’s point of view. The choice would be obvious for everyone, save for people who do not want to hear any sound from their system case. And for such people, the Thermalright HR-02 is unrivalled. That said, we still think that the recommended price of $80 is rather too high for the HR-02 and we wish the manufacturer included one Thermalright TY-140 fan and a fastening mechanism for AMD processors into its box. This would make the cooler even more appealing.

Thermalright HR-02 receives our Editor' Choice award for offering superb cooling efficiency at a very low level of noise:

And as a kind of teaser, we can tell you that our next review will feature the SilverArrow vs. the Noctua NH-D14.

 
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