Coolermaster has a reputation in the world of hardware cooling. They are well known for their excellent heatsinks and water-cooling devices. I’ve used several of their products over the years and have rarely been disappointed. The old saying goes that you get what you pay for, and with Coolermaster, even if you feel you are buying the name, their reputation always holds up to expectations. So when I got the opportunity to review the Hyper TX3, I jumped on it. So here’s a little preview of what the TX3 claims to do, and then we’ll put it to the test to see what it’s really made of.
- 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).
- Aluminum fins with 3 x Direct Contact heat pipes to provide outstanding heat dissipation
- Universal design: Compatible with Intel Socket LGA 775/1156
- Option for adding 2nd fan to increase cooling performance
- Universal design: Compatible with AMD Socket 754/939/940/AM2/AM3
- Excellent airflow design with compact heat sink dimension (installed on Gladiator 600)
- New 92mm PWM fan with wide RPM range and anti-vibration rubber pads
All Intel Socket 775/1156 CPU: Intel Core™ 2, Intel Pentium, Intel Celeron
All AMD Socket 954/939/940/AM2/AM3 CPU: AMD Phenom™ II, AMD Phenom™, AMD Athlon™, AMD Sempron™
Intel Socket: Intel Socket LGA775/1156,
AMD Socket: 754/939/940/AM2/AM3
Heat Sink Dimensions”: 90 x 51 x 139 mm
Heat Sink Material: Aluminum fin + 3 heatpipes
Heat Pipes: 3 pcs
Fan Dimension: 92 x 92 x 25 mm
Fan Speed: 800 – 2800 R.P.M. (PWM)
Fan Airflow: 15.7 – 54.8 CFM
Fan Air Pressure: 0.35 – 4.27 mm H2O
Fan Life Expectancy: 40,000 hours
Bearing Type: Long life sleeve bearing
Voltage Rating: 12 V
Noise Level: 17 – 35 dBA
Weight: 1.04 lbs; 470g
On the next page we look at the heatsink and install it…