Thermalright HR-07 Trio Heatpipe Coolers

Conclusion

Conclusion
 
Memory cooling is often overclocked as a needless accessory. Much the same as MOSFET cooling adds little, if anything, to overclocking, memory coolers appear to be little more than a fashion accessory. If memory doesn't have a heatsink then you will be seen as an outcast in the overclocking community. E-peen, it seems walks hand in hand with bling these days and if bling is what you need, then the Thermalright has it in bucket loads.
 
The packaging of the product was excellent. Despite the bland printed cardboard box, this did have an aura of excellence about it, perhaps because I am influenced by previous Thermalright products I know to be good. That said, the interior packaging was excellent and I find it hard to criticise what is almost a perfect example of how a product of this nature should be packaged.
 
Performance of the HR-07 was nothing short of amazing. With no fan to aid airflow, the coolers managed to keep temperatures of the memory well within check. I was sorely tempted to wind up the voltage dial to see if the extra volts could enable me to push the kit further but feared killing the modules with overvoltage as they are sadly just a test sample. That said I have little doubt that the HR-07 would still keep the temperatures within limits even if the voltage were to be increased and they will almost certainly extend the life expectancy of the ram which is perhaps, aside from the bling I mentioned earlier, one of the most attractive features of ram cooling.
 
The price of the kit may be the one thing that prevents this product from becoming a top seller. $50 for each 3 piece kit on the outset appears to be very expensive, especially if you have six modules to cool ($100) but when you consider that a high end CPU heatsink costs more than this and there is perhaps more work involved with the three memory coolers, the price does not seem too bad. How much you value your memory will perhaps be the defining factor of whether you see these memory cooling kits to be a sound investment.
 
So with the Thermalright HR-07 modules you get almost the best of everything, low temperatures, higher overclock potential, extraordinary looks. In the product description Thermalright pose the question 'What more could you ask for?'. Apart from a lower price? Nothing is the answer I would give.
 
The Good
- Exceptional cooling performance
- Totally silent
- Stunning looks
- Great packaging
 
The Mediocre
- Price may be an issue for some
 
The Bad
- Nothing
 
 
Thanks to Thermalright for supplying both HR-07 kits for today's review. Discuss in our forums.
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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

Disclaimer:

Thermalright or its owners or partners is not responsible for damage or loss of any kind that may occur as a result of using or misusing this or any product we manufacture. Use common sense and review all product details prior to use. Ask a question

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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