Cooler Master Hyper TX2 Review
Reviewed by: gotdamojo06
Reviewed on: March 28, 2008
Are you planning on building a new computer or beginning your journey into the exciting world of overclocking and computer modding? Maybe you have noticed that the temperatures for your processor have been climbing higher than you wish. This is a problem that may be solvable by the Cooler Master TX2 heatsink and fan combination designed for both Intel and AMD processor setups. The design of this heatsink looks very similar to that of the Thermalright Ultra 120 heatsink, being a tower that has a fan installed on it. I am curious to see if the Cooler Master TX2 will be able to perform close to one of the leading heatsinks on the market, the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme. Let's begin by taking a look at the Cooler Master TX2 and see what it's made of.
The packaging for the Cooler Master TX2 is a very simple looking package; molded plastic to allow you to see the entire heatsink from all angles, as well as providing protection for the product. On the back of the package is where you will find the specifications as well as the features of the TX2.
When you open up the package, you are able to take a look at the Cooler Master TX2, as well as the instruction manual that is included, which is very simple and describes how you are to install the unit.
Enough looking at the Cooler Master TX2 in its packaging; let's see how this thing looks outside. The TX2 not only has the fan that comes attached to the heatsink, but the housing that holds the fan to the heatsink also acts as a funnel to direct the air that is being moved and suck air off of the surrounding motherboard components that tend to get warm.
Looking down from above the TX2, you can see that the unit has six copper heat pipes that go through the aluminum fins. These copper heat pipes connect to the bottom heatsink base, which is also made of copper. From below, not only do you see the copper base, but you are also able to see that Cooler Master has already put a thermal compound on the base, which is nice if you do not have any thermal paste laying around.
A very nice feature of this heatsink is that you are able to remove the plastic housing for the fan and use the heatsink for passive CPU cooling. This is nice if you are trying to build a quiet PC.
Let's take a look at the specifications of this device. I am very curious to see what Cooler Master put into this cooler.
- Socket Type: Intel LGA775 & AMD Socket (754/939/940/AM2)
- Heatsink Material: Copper Base & Aluminum Fins
- Heatsink Dimensions: 90 x 44 x 136.5 mm (LxWxH)
- Heatsink Heatpipes: 3
- Fan Dimensions: 92 x 25 mm
- Fan Speed: 1800RPM
- Fan Bearing Type: Long Life Bearing
- Fan Voltage: 12V
- Fan Noise Level: 22.32dB
- Fan Air flow: 41.76 CFM
- Fan Connector: 3-pin
- Fan Color: None
- Total Weight: 482g
- Super Silent CPU cooler at only 22 dBA
- Total Cooling Solution: Cools CPU and the surrounding components
- Copper-based and aluminum heatsink with three embedded heat pipes design provides excellent heat dissipation
- New 90mm fan blade and frame design produces greater airflow as 100mm fan
- Fan duct design cools down the surrounding components
- Easy installation design without removing the motherboard
To properly test the Cooler Master TX2, I will need to record temperatures during both idle time (little to no CPU usage), as well as during a full load (100% CPU usage). I will be using SpeedFan 4.33 to gather the temperatures of the CPU cores. I will be using OCCT:PK to simulate the full load testing and running it for a 1/2 hour. I will let the computer sit and cool down for a 1/2 hour before gathering the idle temperatures. I will be testing the processor at both stock speeds with stock voltage settings, as well as overclocked speeds of 3.6GHz with the voltage increased to 1.46 volts. Because the TX2 is able to be setup with passive cooling, I will also be testing the heatsink with the fan removed to see how it compares. All the temperatures are measured in degrees Celsius.
- Processor: Intel E6600 (Stock & 3.6GHz)
- Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P35-DQ6
- Memory: Mushkin PC2-6400 (4GB)
- Video Card: Sapphite HD3850
- Power Supply: OCZ 700W GameXStream
- Hard Drive: Western Digital 320GB 16MB Cache SATA
- Optical Drive(s): Lite-on DVD-RW
- Case: Cooler Master Cosmos 1000
- Heatsink: CoolJag Falcon 92-Cu
- Heatsink: Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme
- O/S: Windows Vista Ultimate
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