Cooler Master Hyper TX3 CPU Cooler Review
By Rafael Otto Coelho on October 28, 2009


Introduction

Hardware Secrets Silver Award

Today we are reviewing Cooler Master Hyper TX3, a CPU cooler with a tower design, three heatpipes and a 92 mm fan. How will it perform?

In Figure 1, you can see Hyper TX3's package. It is actually a plastic blister, showing the cooler, just like the Vortex 752.

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Figure 1: Blister.

Inside the blister package we found the cooler, the fan, user manuals, installation hardware and a gray thermal compound tube.

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Figure 2: Package contents.

In the next few pages we will take a closer look at TX3.

Cooler Master Hyper TX3

From a frontal view we notice the classic Hyper TX3 tower design, with three U-shaped copper heatpipes, aluminum fins and a small aluminum base.

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Figure 3: Front view.

In Figure 4 we can see the three heatpipes. The cooler is tall but not big in volume.

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Figure 4: Side view.
 
Looking at it from above we see the fins are practically rectangular. We also noticed the notches where you must attach the wire clips that hold the fan in place. TX3 supports up to two fans. It comes with only one fan, but brings the clips that you will need if you decide to install a second fan, which is a big advantage if you want to increase the cooler performance.

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Figure 5: Top view.

Cooler Master Hyper TX3 (Cont'd)

In Figure 6, you can see the fan attached to the heatsink. You can notice the small rubber pads in the fan corners, intended to reduce vibrations and noise.

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Figure 6: Fan installed.

The fan, seen in Figure 7, has a four-pin connector, with PWM speed control.

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Figure 7: Fan.

On the cooler base, the heatpipes keep direct contact to the CPU. This system has proven to be an efficcient choice, eliminating one thermal resistant layer. Unfortunately, this base is not very smooth, and there are small spaces near the heatpipes, which demands more thermal compound in the installation.

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Figure 8: Base.

Installation

TX3 installation is pretty simple. To use it with AMD CPUs, you just need to use the clip shown in Figure 9, holding it to the motherboard frame.

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Figure 9: Clip for AMD CPUs.

To install the cooler on socket LGA775 and 1156 Intel CPUs, you need to attach four clips on the cooler base. Those clips have two positions, one for socket LGA775 and other for socket LGA1156, where the motherboard holes are positioned a little far. In Figure 10, you can see those clips without one screw, so you can have an idea how those two positions are.

Once the clips are in place, you just need to fasten the cooler to the motherboard the same way the Intel stock cooler.

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Figure 10: Clips for Intel CPUs.

In Figure 11, you can see how it looks inside our case. It did not interfered with any component of our motherboard, but it is tall and will not fit slim or SFF cases.

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Figure 11: Installed into case.

How We Tested

We are adopting the following methodology for our CPU cooler reviews.

First, we chose the CPU with the highest TDP (Thermal Design Power) we had available, a Core 2 Extreme QX6850, which has a 130 W TDP. The choice for a CPU with a high TDP is obvious. To measure the efficiency of the tested cooler, we need a processor that gets very hot. This CPU works by default at 3.0 GHz, but we overclocked it to 3.33 GHz, in order to heat it as much as possible.

We took noise and temperature measurements with the CPU idle and under full load. In order to achieve 100% CPU load on the four processing cores we ran Prime95 with the "In-place Large FFTs" option, and three instances of the StressCPU program, all at the same time.

We also compared the reviewed cooler to the Intel stock cooler (with copper base), which comes with the processor we used, and also with some other coolers we have tested using the same methodology.

Temperature measurements were taken with a digital thermometer, with the sensor touching the base of the cooler, and also with the core temperature reading (given by the CPU thermal sensor) from the from the SpeedFan program, using an arithmetic average of the four core temperature readings.

The sound pressure level (SPL) was measured with a digital noise meter, with its sensor placed 4" (10 cm) from the fan. We turned off the video board cooler so it wouldn't interfere with the results, but this measurement is only for comparative purposes, because a precise SPL measurement needs to be made inside an acoustically insulated room with no other noise sources, which is not the case here.

Hardware Configuration

Software Configuration

Software Used

Error Margin

We adopted a 2 °C error margin, i.e., temperature differences below 2 °C are considered irrelevant.

Our Tests

On the tables below you can see our results. We ran the same tests with the coolers shown on below tables. Each test ran with the CPU idle and the with the CPU fully loaded. On BigTyp 14Pro, TMG IA1, NH-U12P and ISGC-300 the tests were done with the fan at full speed and at minimum speed. The other coolers were connected directly to the motherboard and it controls the fan speed based on CPU load level and temperature on PWM models. ISGC-400 and iCEAGE Prima Boss were tested at minimum speed on idle test and at maximum speed on full load test.

CPU Idle

CoolerRoom Temp.NoiseFan SpeedBase Temp.Core Temp.
Intel stock14 °C44 dBA1000 rpm31 °C42 °C
BigTyp 14Pro (min)17 °C47 dBA880 rpm29 °C36 °C
BigTyp 14Pro (max)17 °C59 dBA1500 rpm26 °C34 °C
Akasa Nero18 °C41 dBA500 rpm26 °C35 °C
Cooler Master V1014 °C44 dBA1200 rpm21 °C26 °C
TMG IA1 (max)16 °C47 dBA1500 rpm22 °C30 °C
TMG IA1 (min)16 °C57 dBA2250 rpm21 °C30 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme16 °C44 dBA1200 rpm21 °C29 °C
Thermaltake ISGC-10018 °C44 dBA1450 rpm35 °C49 °C
Noctua NH-U12P (low)15 °C42 dBA1000 rpm20 °C30 °C
Noctua NH-U12P15 °C46 dBA1400 rpm20 °C28 °C
Noctua NH-C12P17 °C46 dBA1400 rpm23 °C28 °C
Thermaltake ISGC-20021 °C43 dBA1100 rpm31 °C35 °C
Schythe Kabuto22 °C42 dBA800 rpm29 °C34 °C
Arctic Cooling Alpine 11 Pro20 °C43 dBA1500 rpm32 °C39 °C
ISGC-300 (min)18 °C42 dBA800 rpm26 °C30 °C
ISGC-300 (max)18 °C46 dBA1400 rpm24 °C26 °C
SilverStone NT06-E21 °C66 dBA2600 rpm30 °C41 °C
Zalman CNPS9700 NT22 °C48 dBA1700 rpm28 °C35 °C
Scythe Mugen-2 17 °C41 dBA 700 rpm25 °C30 °C
ISGC-400 (min)17 °C44 dBA850 rpm24 °C30 °C
Cooler Master Vortex 75220 °C48 dBA1700 rpm32 °C44 °C
iCEAGE Prima Boss (min)22 °C42 dBA1000 rpm29 °C36 °C
Evercool Buffalo17 °C51 dBA1850 rpm22 °C29 °C
Scythe Big Shuriken20 °C42 dBA900 rpm31 °C39 °C
Cooler Master Hyper TX321 °C44 dBA1700 rpm30 °C39 °C

CPU Fully Loaded

CoolerRoom Temp.NoiseFan SpeedBase Temp.Core Temp.
Intel stock14 °C48 dBA1740 rpm42 °C100 °C
BigTyp 14Pro (min)17 °C47 dBA880 rpm43 °C77 °C
BigTyp 14Pro (max)17 °C59 dBA1500 rpm35 °C70 °C
Akasa Nero18 °C48 dBA1500 rpm34 °C68 °C
Cooler Master V1014 °C54 dBA1900 rpm24 °C52 °C
TMG IA1 (max)16 °C47 dBA1500 rpm27 °C63 °C
TMG IA1 (min)16 °C57 dBA2250 rpm25 °C60 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme16 °C51 dBA1900 rpm24 °C50 °C
Thermaltake ISG-10018 °C50 dBA1800 rpm58 °C93 °C
Noctua NH-U12P (low)15 °C42 dBA1000 rpm28 °C59 °C
Noctua NH-U12P15 °C46 dBA1400 rpm25 °C54 °C
Noctua NH-C12P17 °C46 dBA1400 rpm37 °C76 °C
Thermaltake ISGC-20021 °C48 dBA1900 rpm42 °C68 °C
Scythe Kabuto22 °C47 dBA1200 rpm38 °C63 °C
Arctic Cooling Alpine 11 Pro20 °C51 dBA2300 rpm49 °C85 °C
ISGC-300 (min)18 °C42 dBA800 rpm36 °C64 °C
ISGC-300 (max)18 °C46 dBA1400 rpm31 °C56 °C
SilverStone NT06-E21 °C66 dBA2600 rpm39 °C96 °C
Zalman CNPS9700 NT22 °C56 dBA2600 rpm34 °C63 °C
Scythe Mugen-2 17 °C46 dBA 1300 rpm 28 °C54 °C
ISGC-400 (max)17 °C47 dBA1400 rpm36 °C69 °C
Cooler Master Vortex 75220 °C55 dBA2300 rpm48 °C92 °C
iCEAGE Prima Boss (max)22 °C53 dBA
2000 rpm35 °C59 °C
Evercool Buffalo17 °C51 dBA1850 rpm32 °C67 °C
Scythe Big Shuriken20 °C50 dBA1500 rpm51 °C85 °C
Cooler Master Hyper TX321 °C53 dBA2700 rpm39 °C66 °C

The next graph will give you an idea on how many degrees Celsius the CPU core was hotter than room temperature during the tests, in idle.

Hyper TX3

The next graph will give you an idea on how many degrees Celsius the CPU core was hotter than room temperature during the tests, under full load.

  Hyper TX3

 

Main Specifications

Cooler Master Hyper TX3 main features are:

* Researched on www.newegg.com on the day this reviews was published.

Conclusions

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. It did not cooled our CPU as good as top shelf coolers, but the cost/benefit ratio proved to awesome. Besides that, it has an excellent noise level and a very practical installation on Intel or AMD CPUs.

So Cooler Master Hyper TX3 CPU cooler deserves the Hardware Secrets Silver Award.

Originally at http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Cooler-Master-Hyper-TX3-CPU-Cooler-Review/848


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