Cooler Master claims to have a budget cooling winner on its hands in the form of the Hiper TX3.
At a projected £13 RRP this basic three heatpipe designed cooler features a cunningly 92mm fan with wavy blades, and mount brackets for Lynnfield, LGA775, 940, AM2+ and AM3 CPUs. The fan is a 4-pin PWM controlled design, and ranges from a very quiet 17dB to a noisy 35dB.
The three 6mm heatpipes are in direct contact with the CPU and protrude in a U shape into the fins. Said fins are straight cut and without and lack the ability to agitate the air and improve thermal transfer, but given the price, we can't complain too much.
Possibly your next cheap upgrade? We'll grab a TX3 from Cooler Master shortly to put it through its paces.
Discuss in the forums