Thermalright HR-02 CPU cooler review -
Product Gallery and installation
As always, the packaging -- so that you know what to look for in the stores. Everything is packaged and bundled safely in Styrofoam. Mind you, the kit does not come with a fan, it is marketed as a passive cooler.
Thermalright however did send along two of their fans. We'll be testing both passive and with a fan today as Thermalright does make and include mounts for fans. The high performance fan to the left (TY-140) is the 1300 RPM fan being used in today's test.
Once unboxed you'll spot the cooling unit consisting of the heatsink assembly, fans and brackets + back plates that support a wide range of Intel 775, 1156, 1366 processors. A little thermal paste is included as well. Also included is a Philips screwdriver, extra long, we'll show you why later on in the article.
The cooler is nice and big at dimensions of 140mm x 120mm x 163mm. It weighs 875g. Included are retention clips for two fans, though marketed as passive you can actually mount two fans in a push/pull configuration.
We test and review the Thermalright HR-02 CPU cooler. Thermalright actually introduces this product as a passive CPU Cooler. The HR-02 is the second revision of the legacy Thermalright HR-01 cooler. We'll test it passively cooled yet we'll also pair it with Thermalright's TY-140 fan, a 1300 RPM fan that is silent, yet high performing. As stated, the results stunned me, this is really really good stuff.
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