Cooler Master Hyper TX3 CPU Cooler Review


So far I have tried a multitude of CPU coolers over the year, some big some small, some with supercooling power some that didn’t do anything.  In the past, I always found that Cooler Master has made good high-quality products, and I have learned that just because a CPU cooler is of a modest size means nothing to its cooling power. Now we have the honor of presenting you a review of Cooler Master’s newest CPU cooler, the Cooler Master Hyper TX3 CPU Cooler. Let’s take a closer look and see if Cooler Master can keep up their good reputation:

Product Provided By: Cooler Master

Closer Look:

Now let’s take a closer look at the specs and features:

Specifications:

CPU Socket Intel® Socket LGA775 / 1156
AMD® Socket 754 / 939 / 940 / AM2 / AM3
CPU Support Intel®
Core 2 / Pentium / Celeron

 

AMD®
Phenom II / Phenom / Athlon / Sempron

Dimensions 90 x 51 x 139 mm
Weight 470g
Heat Sink Material Aluminum fin
Heatpipes 3 pcs
Fan Dimension (W / H / D) 92 x 92 x 25 mm
Fan Speed 800 ~ 2800 R.P.M. (PWM)
Fan Airflow 15.7 – 54.8 CFM
Air pressure (mmH2O) 0.35 – 4.27 mmH2O
Fan Life Expectancy 40,000 hours
Bearing Type Long life sleeve bearing
Rated Voltage 12 V
Connector 4-pin
Noise 17-35 dBA

Features:

  • Flexible mountings.
  • Maximum compatible CPU wattage: over 130W TDP.
  • 3 x Direct Contact heat-pipes with aluminum fins to provide excellent heat dissipation.
  • Option for adding 2nd fan to increase cooling performance.
  • 92mm PWM fan with wide RPM range and anti-vibration rubber pads.
  • Silent CPU cooler at only17 dBA (at minimum speed).
  • Easy swappable fan by clips (clips for 2nd fan included).

Now let’s do some testing:

Test Setup:

  • CPU: Q6600
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3
  • Memory: 2 x 2GB Kingston
  • Video Card ATI Radeon EAH 4550
  • Power Supply: Thermaltake Litepower 450W
  • Hard Drive: Seagate 500GB SATA
  • Optical Drive: LG DVD-RW With Lightscribe
  • OS: Windows XP Home SP3

Testing:

For this test I will be starting fresh and re-testing every CPU cooler that will partake in this event. I will be putting the Cooler Master Hyper TX3 CPU Cooler up against the Noctua NH-C12P, the Evercool Buffalo, and the Nexus LOW-7000. For this test I will be recording the idle and load temps of my CPU while they are both at stock clock (2.4GHz) and overclocked (3GHz). To get the CPU temp up I will be using the burn-in function of Prime 95. The ambient temp in the room will remain a constant 23°C ( °F) to ensure a fair test for all competitors.

Temp

Cooler Master TX3

Evercool Buffalo

Noctua NH-C12P

Nexus LOW-7000

Idle

17°C (62°F)

18°C (68°F)

16°C (60°F)

18°C (86°F)

Load

28°C (87°F)

27°C (86°F)

25°C (75°F)

28°C (87°F)

Idle Overclocked

19°C (66°F)

20°C (68°F)

19°C (66°F)

23°C (73°F)

Load Overclocked

34°C (92°F)

31°C (88°F)

30°C (87°F)

33°C (91°F)

So from these temps we can see that the Cooler Master Hyper TX3 didn’t quite come in first but it was right next to the top. It might have fallen just short of the Evercool cooler, and it posted almost identical numbers to the Nexus Cooler, but I think that Cooler Master Hyper TX3 could improve its numbers and move up a slot or two if I had another 90mm fan to attach to the other side. In the end I think that this cooler is right at the top of choices that I would make.

Now let’s get to my final thoughts:

Conclusion:

I just have to start by saying that this has got to be one of my favorite CPU coolers I have ever used. To have the flexibility to switch from Intel to AMD as quickly as it does is a great feature, plus the ability to attach another 90mm fan to increase its cooling power is a huge plus in my books. Unfortunately it did have the highest temps under load in the tests, but I think that the addition of another fan would help improve these numbers. In the end I truly have to say that I really like this CPU cooler.

So the big question I have to ask myself is would I recommend it? Well I have to say that I think I would. Even though this cooler posted some of the highest temps during the tests, as minor of a change they are, I think that with its direct heat pipe contact to the CPU and its ability to attach an additional fan would make up for this minor inconvenience and try and climb the ladder slightly. As I did not test with the additional fan I can’t say for 100% fact how big of a change it would be, but it would improve it to some degree. When it came to the accessories including both Intel to AMD parts, it would be hard to make a mistake in shipping and getting the wrong cooler stand would be next to impossible, these are the little things that count in my books. Honestly after all of the tests I put this one back into my computer, as far as installation goes I found that with the Intel legs it was easy to change how wide of a stance it had to provide the perfectly fit for my motherboard. So in the end I found it; easy to install, versatile with both Intel and AMD parts, can add additional fan as a plus, and has a low cost.

Pros:

  • Low cost
  • Easy to Install
  • Has Both Intel and AMD Parts
  • Can Add Additional Fan
  • Small Size to Fit in Some Smaller Cases
  • Silent

Cons:

  • Has Minor Grooves Where Heat Pipes Make Contact With CPU (Can Be Filled In With Thermal Compound)

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