Page 1: Test: Thermalright HR-22
With the HR-22, Thermalright presented their new flagship of the Thermalright cooler series meant for semi-passive operation, and thus has the potential to make all enthusiasts of silent systems very happy. We will be reviewing whether the HR-22 is able to emphasize this new feature.
The HR-22 is, the newest addition to thermal Rights HR series, is a further development of the well-known and popular HR-02 as well as the best-selling HR-02 Macho. According to Thermalright, the HR-22 is completely aimed at semi-passive operation and was designed and developed for it, so it is a reasonable decision that this it is being delivered without any fans.
For a price of 74.99 EUR (EIA), you get a true cooling giant weighing just over one kg, with eight heatpipes and two fan ducts with which the heat sink can be connected to the rear case fan.
Since the HR-22 includes no standard fans, this test will put special focus on the semi-passive performance. However, we will also grab the opportunity to add one of our reference fans to the HR-22 and perform our usual tests with it. These test scenarios will then show interested buyers whether it makes sense to equip the cooler with a fan, and we will see how the HR-22 with active ventilation can compete with other devices on the market.
Direct competition comes from renowned air coolers and classics such as the Noctua NH-D14 (SE2011), Phantek's PH-TC14PE_BK and the EKL Alpenföhn K2 - as well as a few compact AIO water cooling systems.
Other coolers in our testing database are normal tower cooler like the Akasa Venom, the Prolimatech Megahalems Black, the Arctic Cooling Freezer i30 or the Alpenföhn Brocken 2.
It should be noted that our test database has grown considerably since the relaunch of the CPU cooler tests and our test system is now running in the new and larger NZXT Phantom 820 case. The new test system is thus perfect for all kinds of coolers, including larger AIO water cooling systems up to 280 mm, and is therefore much more future-proof.
|Cooler name||Thermalright HR-22|
|Street Price at release||74.99 EUR|
|Mass||12.0 cm (L) x 15.0 cm (W) x 15.9 cm (H)|
|Material||Bottom panel: Nickel plated copper
Heatpipes: nickel-plated copper
|Cooler Type||Tower cooler|
|socket||AMD: AM2, AM3, AM3 +, FM1, FM2, FM2 +
Intel: 1150, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011
|Manufacturer Warranty||2 years|
All current socket are supported, even socket 1150 for Intel's Haswell CPUs.