Cooler Master Hyper TX2 Reviewgotdamojo06 - March 28, 2008
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The Cooler Master TX2 is a very simple and elegant looking piece of hardware for your CPU, however that is pretty much where the road ends for it. The TX2 was unable to keep the processor from reaching very high temperatures, which were a lot higher than those of the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme and CoolJag Falcon 92-Cu heatsinks. While these temperatures are higher in a passive mode they still fall within the thermal design specifications of the CPU the heatsink was tested on. The usage of the Cooler Master TX2 in a passive mode as a stock replacement heatsink would be ideal for the home theater system. While the temperatures under full load may seem high for the enthusiast, the low noise crowd tends to not worry as much about temperatures. That being said, the processor at stock speeds will reach higher temperatures than most people would feel comfortable letting their processors run at. From the get-go, the original question that needed to be answered in this review was whether the TX2 would deliver sold performance. I figured that it would not be able to perform very well just by the size of the actual heatsink; it is not quite as tall, nor wide, as the Thermaltake Ultra 120 Extreme. Even though its smaller size was thought to be detrimental to performance, it kept things amazingly close in the stock testing, but clearly started a downward slide as the clock speed and voltage were increased. Even so, 57 degrees Celsius is lower than what most stock heatsinks can deliver under load, while attempting to cool an overclocked and overvolted CPU. While not for the extreme overclocker, this heatsink would do well in the home theater segment as a passive cooler. After listening to my air cooled rig, no noise sounds really nice.
- Versatility between CPU socket types
- Passive temperatures comparable to stock heatsink
- Does not cool like performance heatsinks