The Hyper TX
I have the AMD version of the Hyper TX – which fits Athlon 64 FX, Athlon 64, Athlon 64 X2 and Sempron. Another version of the Hyper TX can be used on an Intel setup (LGA 775). The box that the Hyper RX comes in is pretty simple, and shows you what the product looks like straight away. Its one of those plastic clamshell affairs, fortunately its not stuck together, and a simple slice of the tape at the top gives you access to the cooler. The packaging shows that the Hyper TX is fully RoHS compliant which is becoming more of an issue in today’s waste-conscience society,
The cooler comes with a 90mm fan, and a surround design, that apparently moves as much air as a 100mm fan.
The heastsink is based around heatpipes which are pretty much the staple method of moving heat in a computer case now. In fact, even motherboards have decided that it’s necessary to use them. The Hyper RX packs 3 twin heat pipes in a U shape. If you don’t know what heatpipes are, they basically have a special liquid in them that moves heat in a way similar to your refrigerator. Heatpipes conduct heat much better than their static metal counterparts and so have been a major success in the heatsink industry.
Connected to the heatpipes, there are several layers (~40) of aluminum fins that are soldered into place. These are covered with a grey see-through plastic surround that stops the air escaping from the sides, and directs the bottom exit airflow downwards onto the motherboard components. This means that the cooler not only lowers CPU temperature but the components that surround the CPU (i.e. RAM or PWM).
The bottom of the heatsink is pre-coated in a thick grey thermal compound. Most overclockers/enthusiasts are going to remove this straight away and stick on some of their finest Arctic Silver 5 to get the best temps. The bottom of the heatsink isn’t the best in regards to lapping, but it is flat which is the other key ingredient into a successful heatsink.
The mounting method of the Hyper TX requires the AMD stock mounting bracket. The mounting method is touted as easy and super quick, and it looks to be honest.