CoolerMaster Hyper TX3 Reviewccokeman - September 24, 2009
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To put the Hyper TX 3 to the test I will be making a comparison of the temperatures at idle and under load, both while the CPU is at the stock voltages and clock speeds, as well as when the CPU is overclocked and over-volted to show what kind of performance that the CM Hyper TX 3 has to offer, when compared to other socket 1156 compatible heatsinks. These heatsinks will be tested head-to-head as they are delivered from the manufacturer. I could throw in a bunch of testing variables, but it is not what the products are capable of as delivered. To test the idle temperatures I will allow the computer to stay idle for 30 minutes and take the idle temperature at this point. For the load testing I will use Prime95 version 25.9 and choose the blend testing and allow the processor and memory controller to heat up to the maximum temperatures. The time frame is a four hour run to allow the temperature to peak usually in the 14K test. I will use Real temp 3.0 to take the high and low temperatures and average the temperatures generated over the 4 cores as my reported temperature.
- Processor(s): Intel Core i5 750 133x20
- Motherboard: Asus Maximus III Formula
- Memory: Kingston HyperX KHX1600C*D3K2/4GX 7-7-7-20
- Video Card : ASUS ENGTX260 MATRIX
- Power Supply: Mushkin 800w Modular Power Supply
- Hard Drive: 1 x Seagate 1TB SATA
- Optical Drive: Lite-On 8x DVD+/-RW
- OS: Windows Vista Ultimate Edition
Comparison Heat sinks:
- Noctua NH-U12P SE 1366
- Thermalright MUX-120
- Stock Intel Core i5
The CoolerMaster Hyper TX 3 delivers results that are much better than the stock cooling solution on all counts. The idle temperatures range from 10 degrees Celsius lower on the idle overclocked test to a massive 25 degree Celsius improvement while under load in the overclocked testing. That is a 30% improvement! At the stock clock speeds and voltage the Hyper TX 3 still delivers a 19 degree Celsius improvement over Intel's cooler. The Noctua and Thermalright Coolers are much more capable when the voltages start creeping up but then again the price is quite a bit higher for that cooling performance.