Intel Core2 Quad Q6600
2x VisionTek Radeon HD3870 in Crossfire
OCZ Gold 3x2GB PC3-10666 9-9-9-20
OCZ Agility 128GB SSD, WD 74GB Raptor (10K), WD 500GB CaviarSE16 (7.2K)
Cooler Master GX750
Lite-On 20x DVD±R/W SATA
Lian Li PC-V1110 Case
Windows Vista Ultimate x64
All testing was performed at an ambient room temperature of 21C with all case fans (1x140mm, 1x120mm front intake; 1x120mm rear exhaust) running at full speed. CPU load was simulated using OCCT's standard CPU test and 64 bit Linpack CPU test. Idle temperatures were measured 30 minutes after load to ensure warm system and stable temperatures. The cooler was installed with Tuniq TX-2 thermal paste.
The Hyper TX3 performed as expected for a mainstream solution. Idle temperatures are certainly acceptable. On the standard CPU test, which is a relatively heavy CPU load, temperatures maxed out at 63C, usually hovering in the 60C range. For any typical usage (gaming, Folding@Home, or otherwise), this cooler would more than suffice. The Linpack test is a little bit of a different story, reaching almost as high as 80C. This is a little toasty for my taste, and the CPU would certainly fail this test with any decent overclock. Then again, a mainstream consumer will likely not subject their CPU to such a specific, intense load.
Conclusions just ahead...