Thermalright HR-02 Passive Heatsink
There is an abundance of CPU coolers on the market, something for just about every need or want, to suit just about any budget. Big coolers generally get most of the hype, but there is one slightly niche market that is very interesting: the passive heatsink.
We’ve seen a few dominant heatsinks on the market but they typically come with high output, loud fans that help achieve those impressive thermal performance results.We’ve also seen some very quiet heatsinks, but they tend to offer mediocre thermal performance. But finding a heatsink that is utterly silent, or passive, is not very common. Rarer still is the one that can handle a monster CPU, say, a Core i7.
The Thermalright HR-02 is one such passive CPU cooler that claims to offer the ability to keep temperatures in check in a fanless setup. It’s been our experience from our extensive testing that that passive heatsinks are generally best left to lower power, dual core processors. But Thermalright’s very confident of their HR-02, so we’re not going to baby it today. Not only are we going to strap it without a fan onto a Core i7 monster, we’re also going to run it head-to-head against two of the best heatsinks we’ve seen on the market, the Noctua D14 and Prolimatech Megahalems to find out which one is the best passive heatsink out there.
We’re sure you’ll find these result very interesting, perhaps even surprising. Let’s get started.
"Thermalright is an elite design house that manufactures cooling products for computer components for the best quality and performance your money can buy. In 2002, AMD released its first generation Thunderbird CPU and since then we have been there every step of the way to counter high voltage and high heat with innovative design and highly acclaimed cooling solutions not only for AMD but for Intel as well. One of early well known solutions was the SK-6. With many positive and rave reviews under its belt Thermalright bolted to the top as the heat sink manufacturer mostly preferred by Overclockers and enthusiasts around the World. To this day, innovation never left our vocabulary as we keep coming up with leading edge designs staying ahead of the competition"