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Cooler Master Hyper TX2 CPU Cooler

Using our trusted T.E.C.C. testing methods, we compare Cooler Master's Hyper TX2 to all our previously tested coolers.
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Chris Ramseyer
Published Mon, Mar 3 2008 11:00 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Apr 7 2020 12:26 PM CDT
Rating: 76%Manufacturer: Cooler Master

Introduction

Introduction After taking a look at the Cooler Master Hyper 212 and Sphere CPU coolers, I am back to finish up the trifecta by putting the Hyper TX2 through our TECC system. The two previous coolers both suffered from Cooler Master's aging mounting system that requires you to remove the motherboard for all installations. On the TX2, a cooler costing half that of the previous two tested, surprisingly you do not have to remove the motherboard and mounting goes much easier. The ability to mount an aftermarket heatsink easily is only one part of the equation. The Sphere suffered from poor cooling performance and a rather loud fan while the Hyper 212 was just an average cooler for its price. On the surface, the TX2 does not show much promise either, but that is what we are here to find out.Let's dig in and see how the lowest priced cooler from the Cooler Master line-up performs against our previously tested heatsinks.

Specifications, Availability and Pricing

Specifications, Availability and Pricing
Copper base, aluminum fins and three heatpipes; all of the buzzwords are here. The TX2 is also able to play on Intel and AMD's fields and can do so without removing the motherboard. Many of the coolers that we see using the vertical fin design use a 120mm fan, but the TX2 comes equipped with a 92mm. The fan runs at 1800 RPM at full 12-volt speed and pushes 42 CFM. As far as the price, I was able to find the TX2 at Newegg for around 21 US Dollars. We really do not have a stand out product at this price point so hopefully this cooler will take the ultra low cost crown. Cooler Master's products are available at many retail and e-tail locations so finding one will not be much of a problem.

Packaging

The Package
Unlike the two previous coolers from Cooler Master we took a look at, the TX2 does not come with a standard box. Actually, the packaging for the TX2 is more like the protective holder from the other two. My boss here, Cameron is into saving the trees so the TX2 package would appeal to him.
The rear of the package lists some of the features and you are able to see the back side of the heatsink.
On the bottom we find the processor application list. The UPC is listed on the bottom as well.

The Cooler

The Cooler
From the front you can see that the 92mm fan is a little larger than the cooling fins. The fan has nine blades so it is able to push more air at a slower rotational speed than fans with fewer blades.
From the side we see that the TX2 uses a plastic shroud around the cooling fins that acts as a reflective surface for the air passing through the fin area. On the back side it reflects around 30 percent of the air down toward the motherboard's VRM area.
Here is a better image of the deflector.
Looking at the fan from the side we see that Cooler Master has slits cut into the shroud. This reduces the acoustic level by reducing the pressure around the fan blades.
On the top of the cooler we see the fan shroud attached to the heatsink. With the plastic on the sides it keeps the air passing over the fins and does not allow it to escape them prematurely.
From the factory the TX2 has an Intel style 4-pin push down bracket installed. These can easily be removed and the cooler easily converted to use a standard AMD bracket. By using this style of attachment the heatsink can be installed without removing the motherboard.
The TX2 comes with thermal material applied to the cooler. Most of us would remove this and install a premium thermal paste though.
With the paste gone we can see that Cooler Master did not plate or polish the CPU contact area. You can feel the machine marks with your finger so using a premium paste is a pretty good idea.

Accessories and Documentation

Accessories and Documentation
The TX2 does not come with a big bag of screws, brackets or wrenches; but to be honest, we wish all of their coolers were like this. Just a couple of simple brackets that mount to stock motherboards or motherboard brackets make life so much easier, even if it is just one small step in building a computer.
The documentation and information inside of it is presented well. The instructions were easy to follow along with and it is a Multilanguage document.

Testing Results

Test ResultsTweakTown uses a different method for testing CPU heatsinks which allows for an even playing field across all product tests. We feel that by using the same ambient temperature and strict lab-like testing procedures we are able to accurately compare one product to another. More information on our testing procedure can be found in the T.E.C.C. article here.
The performance is right about where I figured it would be. The interesting part is that the TX2 performed better than the Sphere even though the Sphere costs nearly twice as much. Still, the TX2 is not going to cool a high-end CPU but on the low-end it should do just fine.
There is nothing special on the acoustic level results, the Cooler Master TX2 can get pretty noisy.

Final Thoughts

Final ThoughtsThe Cooler Master Hyper TX2 did not have the best performance out of the three CM coolers we've taken a look at in recent times. In acoustic testing it was actually the worst of the three, but when looking at pure cooling power the TX2 did manage to beat the Sphere. The TX2 is also the lowest priced cooler of the group costing only half as much as the other two.The TX2 is small compared to the Noctua NH-12P that uses a similar design. As we have seen, the cooling potential is also reduced, so don't plan on using the cooler for high-end processors or in an overclocking situation.
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Chris Ramseyer started his career as a LAN Party organizer in Midwest USA. After working with several computer companies he was asked to join the team at The Adrenaline Vault by fellow Midwest LAN Party legend Sean Aikins. After a series of shake ups at AVault, Chris eventually took over as Editor-in-Chief before leaving to start Real World Entertainment. Look for Chris to bring his unique methods of testing Hard Disk Drives, Solid State Drives as well as RAID controller and NAS boxes to TweakTown as he looks to provide an accurate test bed to make your purchasing decisions easier.

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