The Cooler Master hyper TX3 Core i5 CPU Cooler
Getting a little closer, the TX3 shows that the 43 aluminium fins are pressed onto the three copper heatpipes. These heatpipes are all secured in the aluminium base that is milled to surround the pipes on the bottom and machined to accept the hardware for mounting purposes.
The three heatpipes are spaced evenly and in line with each other. With this smaller design and simpler cooler clearance issues are cut way down as well, making the motherboard applications more universal.
Laying the TX3 down to get a look at the fin design also shows that while they keep the basics of what makes a cooler good, such as the ability to add a second fan for a push pull fan configuration, or the slight setback in the fins center to allow for better airflow, it can be done on an affordable scale. While keeping things simple yet affective, you can still afford a bit of "bling" with a stamped Cooler Master logo to look at as well.
I wanted to get closer to the base to show the compatibility of the design. There are drilled and tapped holes for mounting the Intel hardware and a way to mount the AMD locking bar in both directions, unlike most manufacturers of higher dollar coolers.
Flipping to the underside of the base, you can see it was profiled after the heatpipes were inserted. Slightly visible next to the pipes, you can see that Cooler Master applies TIM into the grooves when the pipes are pressed into the aluminium base. Testing against a razor blade, the heatpipes themselves are flat and level with each other, but there are considerable sized gaps between the pipes and the aluminium base. Laying a thin line of TIM on the grooves seemed to fill them nicely during my testing application.
Here we have the uniquely designed fan that accompanies the TX3. You can see the seven blades of the fan have a bit more twist than usual and are unusually wavy on the edges. The overall design leaves you with a fan that runs as low as 800 RPM with 17 dBA of noise. With the PWM control this fan can go as fast as 2800 RPM and push just under 59 CFM. The noise level isn't too bad here either, as you will see in the results.
I wanted to get a closer look at the blades for two reasons. One is to make sure you could have a clear view of the design. The second reason is to highlight the Cooler Master name placed on a single blade, something I haven't seen from them before.
I wanted to give you a look at the rear of the fan as I couldn't seem to find 92mm fans listed at Cooler Master's site at this time. If you do care to try the TX3 in a push pull configuration, you are going to need the number just under the logo to use as reference to match the fans.
Laying the fan down got me a much better angle to show the rubber stick-on, anti-vibration pads that Cooler Master has attached to keep the fan from adding any unnecessary noise.
Here we have the Hyper TX3 all set up and ready to install with the LGA775 mounting hardware attached to it. This is in fact the same legs used in the LGA1156 mounting as well. The 92mm fan does an average job of covering all the fin area, not too unexpected in a smaller cooler, though.
One last look at the hyper TX3 all assembled. This view is to show again the coverage of the fan and how it attaches as well. Simple wire clips that snap into place handle the task here, but they have a bit of a twist, but I will get to that in a bit.