RRP: ~£70 (At time of review)
The Thermalright HR-22 is one of the larger, if not the largest CPU coolers I’ve seen in my life. If you disregard the Nofan CR-95C, then this is without doubt the largest and hopefully the best performer on the market. They cost more or less the same (within a few pounds of each other) but from a visual stand point, the Thermalright appears to be far more suitable to totally silent operation, or fanless if you will.
So what does the Thermalright HR-22 offer that no other passive CPU coolers have to offer? Well, let’s take a look. First and foremost, it features something called DPAS – Directed Passive Airflow System – which is a comprehensive system of optimisations that take advantage of the natural airflow within an enclosed computer chassis. There are a few very specific guidelines which Thermalright have come up with that fall under the DPAS design and they are things such as the spacing between the fins, the fin design as well as its patented fin hole design, the structural shape of the heatsink and the airflow tunnel add-on kit that Thermalright provide with this heatsink; all of which you will see later on in this review.
It is an expensive cooler at £70, especially when you notice that it comes without any fans whatsoever. What makes the Thermalright HR-22 so special and more importantly, is it worth the price that they want for it? Let’s take a brief look at its specifications and then we shall get to the good part, the actual testing of this gargantuan CPU cooler!
Since the establishment of the brand in 2001, Thermalright has been dedicated to engineering professional computer cooling solutions for more than a decade. We have set many standards in the cooling industry which are still widely implemented today, and have been the leading brand that others tend to follow and imitate. Quality and performance are the very goals Thermalright pursues. By improving product details and consumer experiences, we provide products that stand out in both quality and performance to our users. Look at what Thermalright achieved in the past decade; are you familiar with all our achievements?