Cooler Master Hyper TX3 EVO Review

👤by Sahil Mannick Comments 📅25-02-12
Features & Specifications

What Cooler Master have to say:

Optimized for current and future generation sockets, the Hyper TX3 EVO sees improvement in its Direct Contact heat pipe performance, expanded socket support, and a higher quality 92mm wide-range PWM fan.

Features:

•3 direct contact heat pipes with a base that is engineered to minimize CPU contact gaps–providing excellent heat conduction. Wide-range PWM fan with unique wave-shaped blade design for excellent airflow.
•Excellent airflow design with compact heat sink dimension.
•Versatile all-in-one mounting solution supporting the latest Intel LGA 1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
•Upgradeable to second fan with quick-snap fan bracket.

Specifications

Socket Compatibility: AMD AM2/3/3+/FM1, Intel LGA 1155/1156/1366/775
Heatsink Dimensions: 90 x 51 x 136 mm (L x W x H)
Heatsink Dimensions with fan: 92 x 79 x 139 mm (L x W x H)
Weight: 386g
Heatsink Weight: 306g
Fan Weight: 73g
Heat pipes: 3mm x 6pcs
Heatsink material: 3 direct copper heat pipes/Aluminium fins
Fan dimensions: 92 x 92 x 25 mm (W x H x D)
Fan Speed: 800-2200R.P.M +/-10%
Fan Airflow: 15.7-43.1CFM +/-10%
Air pressure (mmH2O): 0.35-2.63 mmH2O +/-10%
Bearing Type: Long life sleeve bearing
Fan life expectancy: 40,000 hours
Fan Noise Level (dB-A): 17-30
Connector: 4-pin PWM
Rated Voltage: 12 VDC
Rated Current: 0.15A
Power Consumption: 1.8W

Currently, we have no other cooler in our charts that competes with the TX3 EVO on either price or design so we will settle for a quick comparison with its non EVO variant and bigger but closely related Hyper 212 EVO sibling. The main differences between the TX3 EVO and its predecessor are the lower RPM fan and support for LGA1366. The latter comes in the shape of new compatible push-pin brackets whereas the fan operates at a more frugal 2200RPM compared to the 2800RPM bundled on the non-EVO variant. Unsurprisingly, the new fan is quieter but also delivers slightly lower performance on paper. The fan on our sample operated at a mightier 2500RPM at its maximum, which as we’ll see later on was necessary to keep the i7 CPU as cool as possible when overclocked. Otherwise, the fan still retains PWM functionality, useful when coupled with less power hungry CPUs.

Size and design wise, the EVO hasn’t changed despite being 84g lighter. We made a similar observation when comparing the Hyper 212 EVO to its predecessor. Explaining how Cooler Master have made such significant weight savings without compromises or visual differences is hard given that we saw no detriment to the Hyper 212 EVO’s performance in our review. The light weight construction of the TX3 makes its push-pin mounting mechanism perfectly adequate at doing its job as we will see later. Compared to the Hyper 212 EVO, the TX3 is 20mm shorter and 28mm less length-ways, making it a perfect candidate for smaller HTPCs.


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