- CPU: AMD Phenom II 1090T
- GPU: ASUS Reference 5870
- Memory: 4GB G Skill Ripjaw 1600MHz 7-7-7-24 DDR3
- Storage: Crucial C300 128GB
- PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro 850W
- OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64
- Case: Corsair 700D
To ensure the results were correct, the heatsink is mounted 3 times and idle and load tests run each time. An average of the results is shown below.
For Idle testing Windows 7 was allowed to run with no programs running for 5 minutes.
For load testing I used Prime 95 Small FFT’s and temperatures were taken after 20 minutes.
The standard thermal paste, only branded as Cooler Master thermal paste, was used.
For comparison purposes I also tested the Cooler Mastet Hyper 212 Evo, The Prolimatech Pantha and my own water cooling loop consisting of the EK Supreme HF Block, HWLabs SR1360 radiator, Swiftech MCP 355 pump and EK 240 Advanced reservoir.
Ambient temperature was 17 degrees C.
The settings we used for our stock and overclocked tests are:
Stock – CPU 3200MHz Auto voltage
Overclocked – CPU 4000MHz 1.456v
As you can see the TX3 had no issues keeping the CPUs temperature down and was still able to stay reasonably quiet under Idle conditions.
Unfortunately under overclocked conditions the cooler begins to fall down. 77 degrees C is over the maximum operating temperature of this specific CPU which means it may not be safe to run at these temperatures for long periods.
The fan span at its maximum speed of 2200 RPM which did create quiet a large amount of wind noise but didn’t make any annoying whines or vibrations.