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: 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.
Summary: Sure, I like the Hyper TX3 very much. Let's face it, the majority of you guys reading this article will probably will never even overclock. So if you still want the benefit of a very silent yet effective cooler with decent performance, then the Hyper TX3 simply has a lot to offer.
The design is of course not enthusiast, but at a sales price of 14.95 EUR ~ 19 USD, this cooler simply kicks ass and offers a lot of value for money.
Conclusion: The testing results were expected for a cooler of this size and price range. This TX3 really is not designed to cool an overclocked 6 core CPU although it did manage it fine running at stock speeds. The mounting system is always an important part of a cooler’s package. The provided mounting solutions were pretty standard and simply uses a clip for the AMD sockets and push pins for all Intel sockets.
Pros: Good performance, Included mounting brackets for a second fan, Quiet operation, High quality thermal paste
Cons: Small quantity of thermal paste provided, Wasn’t very easy to install while the motherboard is inside a case, Failed to keep the overclocked CPU within the maximum operating temperature