Thermalright HR-07 Trio Heatpipe Coolers

Packaging & Appearance

Packaging & Appearance
 
Because of the close proximity of the memory modules on i7 motherboards, Thermalright recommend both the Type H (High) and Type L (low) profile kits so that both kits can be used in unison with one another. Here, we look at each kit in greater detail:
 
TYPE H
 
The packaging the Ram cooler arrives in is a standard Thermalright affair with a plain brown cardboard box, printed with the Thermalright logo and product name on the front with a small window cutout displaying the cooler inside. The rear of the box  features much the same but this time including the product specification.
 
front box box rear
 
Opening the box up we are a greeted with the coolers themselves which are held tightly in place by means of moulded Styrofoam. Also included in the box are 6 full length thermal pads complete with removable backing. A large sticker and an easy to follow instruction leaflet are also included.
 
pads instructions
 
The Type H variant of the Ram cooler is unsurprising the highest of the two kits, standing 60.37mm high (almost 2.5" for those still working with imperial measurements). Two nickel plated copper heatpipes attach the finned array to the ram cooler plates ensuring super efficient thermal transfer from the plates to the outside air with minimal fuss. 
 
cooler 1 cooler 2
 
The base plates are very thin yet sturdy enough not to bend accidentally and because the heatpipes are flattened to the plates on both sides, the ram cooler should not foul any module sitting along side. The main fin array may however cause difficulties in this area, something I will investigate later in the review in the test setup area.
 
cooler base cooler perspective
 
TYPE L
 
The Type L kit is packaged in near identical format to the Type H above. Despite the large 'TYPE L' font, I initially thought I had been sent two lots of the same kit. I even chastised the editor, calling his and indeed Thermalrights intelligence into question. It wasn't until I opened the kit up that I realised that the two kits were in fact slightly different and labelled as such on the outside of the boxes. Needless to say I ate humble pie for dinner that night.
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box front box rear
 
Being an 'L' kit, the Type L sits shorter than the Type H at just 34.27 (1.35"). Sitting at approximately the same height as most other memory modules that comprise a double height cooler, the Type L is perfect for those who are short on space but still require good memory cooling.
 
cooler 3 cooler 4
 
The Type L uses the same design features of the Type H in that each module has a heatpipe attached to both sides of the base plate. This heatpipe then winds through 180 degrees, threading itself through the finned array to dissipate the heat it wicked away from the base plate.
 
perspective 1 cooler 4
 
With each cooler sitting side by side it is clear that it is going to be a tight squeeze fitting these next to each other in the DIMM slots on any motherboard. However, once both are 'test fitted', there does indeed seem to be sufficient space to use both kits alongside one another.
 
together 1 together 2
 
Installation
 
Installing the modules was very straightforward. After taking the usual anti static precautions and banning the editor from sneaking up behind me to rub a balloon on my head after the previous comments I made, I set about installing each of the six kits. Luckily for me I happened to have 12GB of Kingston Value ram laying around which was perfect for this test in that I did not have to remove any heatspreader to get to the modules inside. After giving the IC's the once over with some Isopropyl Alchohol, I removed the backing from one strip of the thermal pads and then attached the pad to the module. While the 0.5mm pads were sticky, they were not overly so and could be used on multiple mounts with the minimal of fuss.
 
stock memory pad1
 
With the pads in place, I then began to attach the memory cooler which simply slid over the thermal pad with very little force. The memory cooler exacted just enough force to clamp down on the memory module to hold the thermal pad in place. Rinse and repeat for the rest of the modules and I was then ready to test them out to see the fruits of my labour.
 
slide on in place
 
Let's take a look at the test setup I used and installation of the Thermalright HR-07 modules on the motherboard...
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Most Recent Comments

21-06-2009, 12:55:51

JN
"Need to cool down your memory modules? No room for noisy fans? Got 12GB or more to cool? Maybe Thermalright have the answer with the new HR-07 Trio..." - by W3bbo

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...175828993s.jpg

Thermalright HR-07 Trio Heatpipe Coolers

21-06-2009, 12:58:47

Ghosthud1
holy.............

them sinks are dangerously epic

21-06-2009, 14:01:58

PeterStoba
Nice review as usual.

One issue;

Test Setup

For today's testing we will be using the Gigabyte EX-58 UD5, a mid-range Core i7 motherboard from Gigabyte that will allow us to push the memory on test to its absolute limit. Here's a breakdown of the rest of the components:

Processor

Intel Core i7 920 'Nehalem' @ 2.66Ghz

Motherboard

DFI Lanparty T3eH6 DK

I wonder if they made they a bit thinner it'd be easier to fit and would still cool them?

Nice idea though, really does look better than plain DIMMs

21-06-2009, 14:18:31

monkey7
Looks like an ace set, although the price hurts :X. Also, I don't think it would fit on my UD5 with noctua cooler. Even as it is now the fan goes a few mm into the DDR3_4 slot (iirc) airspace.

21-06-2009, 14:20:13

tinytomlogan
ARe they any dif from stock coolers? LOL not going to mis those are you.

Be nice to know if there was a temp diffeerence from the inside to the outside modules.

All the same another great review webbo

21-06-2009, 14:38:09

Saviour
$150 for a tri-chan setup is just too much, especially since there's nothing extra fancy about these coolers

if they were $30 each it'd be much easier to swallow

21-06-2009, 14:42:06

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Saviour'
$150 for a tri-chan setup is just too much, especially since there's nothing extra fancy about these coolers

if they were $30 each it'd be much easier to swallow
$100 dude. They come in packs of 3.

21-06-2009, 15:58:22

w3bbo
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='monkey7'
Looks like an ace set, although the price hurts :X. Also, I don't think it would fit on my UD5 with noctua cooler. Even as it is now the fan goes a few mm into the DDR3_4 slot (iirc) airspace.
Tbh m8, I'd forfeit the second fan on the Noctua for a set of these. The second fan adds very little to the cooling of the noctua anyway iirc.

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='tinytomlogan'
ARe they any dif from stock coolers? LOL not going to mis those are you.

Be nice to know if there was a temp diffeerence from the inside to the outside modules.

All the same another great review webbo
Hard to say really m8 as the heat is transfered from the outside of the module, via the heatpipe to the fins.

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Saviour'
$150 for a tri-chan setup is just too much, especially since there's nothing extra fancy about these coolers

if they were $30 each it'd be much easier to swallow
Price is really not too bad. Consider that some people spend just as much on watercooling connections (bitspower?) which are, if we are being totally honest, just for bling then it is not hard to justify spending the same amount on something more usefull that not only looks the part but cools great as well.

21-06-2009, 17:54:07

zak4994
I think that the pricing is perfect considering that these do perform so sweeeetly and live up to it.

21-06-2009, 18:10:10

Freak
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='monkey7'
Looks like an ace set, although the price hurts :X. Also, I don't think it would fit on my UD5 with noctua cooler. Even as it is now the fan goes a few mm into the DDR3_4 slot (iirc) airspace.
you could always turn the cooler 90 degrees.

21-06-2009, 18:21:57

monkey7
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Freak'
you could always turn the cooler 90 degrees.
It's nearly perfectly square and may not be above the ddr3 slot anymore but still be in the required space of the hr07

Don't have the money to upgrade now anyway

22-06-2009, 11:32:23

Bungral
Nice review Rich...

Was just looking at it though and how you mention that there isn't much room for a CPU fan.

Could you not have put them into the slots like L H L H L H rather than H L H L H L.. That would have bumpted them over a tiny bit no?

I could be wrong as it's hard to tell without having them in front of me.

22-06-2009, 11:37:09

w3bbo
Yeah, they can be orientated however you want as long as they are positioned alternatively. I guess it depends on how you orientate your CPU cooler too as to whether the cpu coolers heatpipes hit the memory heatsinks. Basically if tall memory modules fit (such as the dominator or OCZ reaper range) then you shouldn't have issues with these sinks.

22-06-2009, 12:18:03

mayhem
thats all fine but how much is it over here in the UK in ....... Dont bother with currency converters i what to know how much it will be in retail not importing them and then adding duty and vat and delivery and packing on top lol ...

22-06-2009, 13:16:04

w3bbo
I would expect to pay around the 35-40 mark per set. That's just my guestimate though as there are no official pricing figures for the UK market yet.

22-06-2009, 14:36:44

Rastalovich
(top of page 5 I think u mean overlooked instead of overclocked )

Good review, would like to have had a 3rd option of just a standard el-cheapo memory fan in the graphs.

23-06-2009, 00:09:14

Saviour
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Jim'
$100 dude. They come in packs of 3.
ah...still, hefty

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='w3bbo'

Price is really not too bad. Consider that some people spend just as much on watercooling connections (bitspower?) which are, if we are being totally honest, just for bling then it is not hard to justify spending the same amount on something more usefull that not only looks the part but cools great as well.
yeah but watercooling has moving parts, heavily machined copper etc. these are nothing more than run of the mill heatsinks in a first to market design

then again, thats not exactly a bad position to be in

26-06-2009, 20:22:03

denis6902
it it okay for dual channel mem? wouuld it work? or is the spacing only for triple sets?

27-06-2009, 04:46:08

w3bbo
It would work fine for dual channel.

27-06-2009, 08:00:33

sprento
Let's hope it comes out in packs of 2 also.

27-06-2009, 11:33:02

luckybob69
i have been having a small issue with my ram getting hot glad to see this review, anyone know the risk of removing the covers on OCZ Gold Series or how tough it maybe. thanks

found this on Thermalrights site

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27-06-2009, 12:01:42

w3bbo
OCZ Gold sinks are a doddle to remove (just thin sticky pads iirc). Corsair on the other hand are a ***** and could well damage the IC's.

Heat the sticks up slightly with a hairdryer first then give the sinks a 'wiggle' (technical term patent pending).

08-07-2009, 08:54:12

theelusiveyoda
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='w3bbo'
OCZ Gold sinks are a doddle to remove (just thin sticky pads iirc). Corsair on the other hand are a ***** and could well damage the IC's.

Heat the sticks up slightly with a hairdryer first then give the sinks a 'wiggle' (technical term patent pending).
yeah just dont wiggle em to hard or they the sticks might go flying or you might tear of a ic or two did that on a pair of reaper hpx's had to rma good thing they come with a life time warranty. The thermalrights look epic and as others said maybe if the price was a bit lower
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