Three-Way Budget CPU Cooler Roundup
Patrick "MACMAC" MacMillan
X-bit Labs have tested and compared three budget-oriented CPU coolers from Cooler Master, Nexus, and Scythe.
Here's what they had to say:
"First off, we want to make it clear that each of the tested entry-level coolers is going to be an excellent and, most importantly, inexpensive replacement for the boxed cooler of a modern processor, being some 15°C better in the quiet mode. Each of them is easy to install even for inexperienced users. Now, well add a few words on each tested model.
The Cooler Master Hyper TX3 is a disappointment of this test session due to the poor implementation of the direct-touch technology. The distance between the heat pipes in the cooler base is as long as 6 millimeters and filled with aluminum, so there is no uniform and efficient heat transfer between the cooler heatsink and the CPU heat-spreader. Thus, this potentially best cooler proves to be but mediocre and cannot even claim that it is quiet. The good news is that the Hyper TX3 supports multiple platforms and can be easily installed on each of them. You can also attach a second fan to it."
All three of these coolers are distinctly superior than a stock heatsink, but frankly none of these are particularly great.
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