Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus and Hyper TX3 CPU Coolers Review

Cooling/CPU Cooling by jmke @ 2011-02-08

Cooler Master cut a slice of the bottom of their Hyper 212 and TX2, making them direct-heatpipe-touch models. We put them through their paces on an overclocked Core i7 platform. Can these budgetfriendly cooling solutions offer a good alternative to Intel's stock cooler? How do they compare to high end, 788 gram, heatsinks? Read on to find out!

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Cooler Master Hyper TX3

The orginal Hyper TX (released end of 2006) quickly became a favorite choice for compact and affordable cooling for the S775 platform, offering an excellent performance/noise balance without requiring 1kg of copper to achieve it. The new Hyper TX3 incarnation has a lot to live up to. Cooler Master remained realistic with their TDP design and has rated the TX3 for use on all current platforms except LGA 1336, there's only so much a 92mm 470gram heatsink can do, of course.



The Hyper TX3 is a mainstream heatsink which means easy installation, inside the box you'll find mounting brackets for all platforms, two sets of fan mounting clips, a detailed manual, thermal paste, the new 92mm fan and of course the heatsink itself.

This 92mm PWM fan has the same blade design as the 120mm version equipped on the Hyper 212 Plus, at 2800rpm its maximum speed will make it audible, at its minimum of 800rpm not so audible, of course.



It looks very similar to the Hyper 212 Plus, only 3 heatpipes, but similar fin design and same DHT base. Of course one might be mistaken by its size, so we placed it next to a Prolimatech Megahalems so you can really see the difference in overall size!

Installation is as easy as the default Intel heatsink, using the same plastic pins which offer a good balance between mounting pressure and ease of installation. If you plan to reinstall the heatsink often, you might want to look into a custom mounting option as these plastic clips will wear down after a while.

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