Thermalright HR-02 CPU Cooler Review

Posted by: Sahil Mannick on: 23-09-2010 [ 5 comment(s) ]

The new Thermalright HR-02 has been designed for low noise and passive operation so let's see how it performs.

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Thermalright HR-02 CPU Cooler Review

gt_junkie



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#7731 Posted on: 23.09.2010 21:42:53
Looking forward to this Sahil... I love my Thermalright heatsinks!!!

gt

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#7732 Posted on: 23.09.2010 22:09:03
, results coming up for you!

Now you did it!

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#7736 Posted on: 24.09.2010 02:14:06
You posted a comparison between coolers using identical fans - identical good fans - and stock fans.

You used some of the best coolers out there.

I guess I'll have to hunt down your last post on OCN so I can give you a +Rep. That 4GHz combo page and the one after will now be the studies I cite.

On the OCN board the Hyper 212+ and the Scythe Mugen-2 are the most frequently recommended of the budget coolers. I never see the Sunbeam recommended. Might be nice to swap out the Sunbeam for one of these at some point.

BTW - how do you like the SWiF2-120P? I found the SWiF2-1201 to be a pretty good beast.

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#7740 Posted on: 24.09.2010 09:09:37
Hey ehume, thanks for the kind words. I do my best to cover all the details people want to see so it's good for people to start taking notice of it. It'd certainly be good to see the charts cited on OCN .

The SWiF2-120P fans are very good but my main concern is that they are quite loud as well. They are rated at a maximum of 1700RPM but can go up to 1900RPM due to the -/+10% variation they claim. They do an excellent job for sheer cooling performance.

Also I saw your post on OCN regarding using the San Ace fans with the HR-02. Normally I use the above Coolink fans to demonstrate scaling with higher RPM fans but Thermalright kept emphasising that the HR-02 was designed for passive and low noise operation so I decided not to test with the SWiF2-120P. If you would like to see the results, I can always run a few more tests but in my opinion it wouldn't do the HR-02 justice for its true purpose.

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#7752 Posted on: 24.09.2010 23:28:36
I know that these coolers - D14, Arrow and HR-02 - were all designed for quiet operation. But i found that a 38mm fan really brought out the best in my D14. I found that two 38mm fans did a lot more on the D14 than adding a second 38mm fan did with the Megahalems.

Despite the variety of fans you used, none were in the same static pressure class as a 38mm fan.

Just do some of that high performance testing on your own with the D14 and the HR-02. You may be surprised at what you get. That HR-02 is long enough that I'll bet a higher static pressure fan would really do well. And two of them . . .

As I said: try it. You never know what the data will tell you.

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