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The Coolermaster Hyper TX 2 is a CPU cooler which is compatible with both Intel and AMD CPU sockets. The reason one buys a CPU cooler is to replace the one provided with the CPU, giving you cooler temperatures (important if you want to over clock) and a quieter computer. I bought this along with many other PC components when I was upgrading my computer. I paid £9 for it from www.ebuyer.com about 2 months ago.
The CPU cooler is packages in a plastic packet. At first I though it was one of those packets you have to chew up with a pair of scissors but the packet is designed to fall open easily. Included are some basic instructions and the cooler which is accompanied by both the Intel and AMD mounting brackets. The cooler has some thermal paste pre-applied which simplifies the installation process but you would achieve better cooling by replacing this with some better paste.
The cooler is quite big in comparison with the Intel and AMD stock coolers. It is basically a large tower of heat sinks and heat pipes with a plastic fan assembly attached. The fan is fairly big (92mm I think) and has more fins than the usual CPU cooler. There is a hood on the back which is designed to divert air down to the VRMs on the motherboard, cooling them down aswell.
I have an Intel computer so I will be talking about the installation to an Intel CPU socket in the following paragraph. The installation to be frank was horrendous. To install an Intel cooler you must align each of the "push-pins" with holes on the motherboard. You then push the pins in until they click. This may sound easy but the pins need a lot of force to click, to add to the frustration they have a tendency to pop up when you push the other pins in. In the end I found the best method of installing was to remove the fan assembly, push the pins with a screw driver and then re-attach the fan. This worked and the cooler was solidly attached afterwards. The AMD method of attachment is supposedly easier.
The cooling performance of the Coolermaster Hyper TX 2 is great. It is very quiet compared to the stock Intel fan but it can also cool much better. With a Core 2 Duo chip running at 3 Ghz It only reaches 45c under 100% load. This is great considering the low price point. From the Intel cooler supplied with my chip it would probably crash at this speed (E6320 1.86 Ghz).
In conclusion the Coolermaster Hyper TX 2 is a fantastic cooler to buy if you want great performance for a tiny price. The sub £10 CPU cooler market is full of coolers that are a waste of time, the Hyper TX 2 blows them away!
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