Cooler Master Hyper TX3 CPU Cooler
Author: Rutledge Feman
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 02-10-2010
Provided by: Cooler Master
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First Looks and Installation


Bundled with the Hyper TX3 itself is: a multi-lingual manual and warranty statement, mounting clips for all supported sockets, installation hardware, and spare fan clips in case you decide to install an additional fan. The fan clips install with rubber dampers to reduce vibration noise. We'll be installing the Hyper TX3 on an LGA775 system (Core2 Quad Q6600). Intel installations use the factory push-pin mounting design. As you can see, the mounting clips have two settings to accommodate both LGA775 and LGA1156 socket layouts.


The cooler takes on a standard tower-cooler design. Starting at the bottom, the top side of the base has some passive-style cooling fins for greater efficiency. As we mentioned earlier, the 92mm PWM fan is attached with a plastic clip system and rubber dampeners. I was skeptical of a plastic fan mount, but this design proved extraordinarily convenient and sturdy. The cooler is front-to-back symmetrical allowing users to attach an additional fan if desired.


We find the Cooler Master logo stamped into the top fin of the Hyper TX3. As you can see, the base utilizes HDT (heatpipe direct touch) "technology." In my experience, HDT coolers perform much better than traditional coolers. For any cooler to not use HDT these days is frankly silly. Anyway, I digress; the base comes protected with a standard plastic seal in classic bad/ambiguous English.


Installing the cooler is as simple as pushing down the pins. I had to remove the fan in order to get access to all pins. Removing and replacing the fan is so easy, however, that the extra step was no trouble at all. Because I'm used to using >=120mm coolers, the Hyper TX3 looks and feels absolutely tiny. It should have no trouble fitting in any standard case.

Now that the Hyper TX3 is installed, let's test it out.


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