Summary: We gave the first version of
our Silver Award because of its good performance and excellent cost/benefit ratio. However, what we saw during our tests prevents us from recommending this revised edition.
When we received this revised model of Cooler Master Hyper TX3 CPU cooler, the manufacturer said they changed several things, but the only obvious change was the fan holding mechanism.
Summary: Today, we had a look at the Cooler Master Hyper TX3 CPU cooler. The Hyper TX3 is intended to be a mainstream cooling solution and, in my opinion, it well accomplishes its task.
From a general usage perspective, the Hyper TX3 is fantastic. Installation is a breeze (as it should be) and should not require any type of motherboard removal. Also, the plastic fan clip design is convenient and sturdy.
Summary: Something curious happened during our Hyper TX3 testing. The first sample we received from the manufacturer showed very bas results. The performance was so poor that our CPU entered Thermal Throttling mode even while idle. We contacted Cooler Master, which said it could be a defective sample, and sent us another one, which worked just fine. The first sample was actually a defective one.
In our tests Hyper TX3 proved to be a cooler with good performance.
Summary: So in the end, Coolermaster once again restored my faith in their products. They won out over Evercool and especially the stock heatsink. And if that temperature difference alone isn’t enough to make you want to buy the TX3, there’s also the prices. The TX3 can be had for under $25 on most online storefronts (
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). That’s half the cost of the Transformer 6, which it outperformed, and only 1/3 more than the stock cooler.
Conclusion: Priced around 27€, the hyper tx3 provides nice performance with decent sound levels. While not being the silentest cooler available, it is definately more silent than the Intel stock cooler and has half the price of Noctuas. Temperature levels with our test setup are also better than with Intel stock cooler. I could recommend Hyper TX3 for everyone who is buying a new cooler in sub 30€ pricerange.
Conclusion: The Cooler Master Hyper TX3 only real downfall is its size. Cooler Master sacrificed size for a lower price, which makes sense. Another reason for a reduced size is that some people just don’t want a massive cooler. This cooler perfectly fits the bill for anyone falling into that category. It was easily able to keep the X2 7850′s temperature under control with room to spare.