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October 6, 2010 8:07:04 PM

I'm purchasing a Athlon II x4 640 tomorrow, i am kind of maxed out on the budget and only have very little money left for a cooler so i can't afford the more populare hyper 212+

I am able to get the Hyper TX3 i don't doubt it is better then Stock HSF but i was woundering if anyone have any experience with that combo (or similar) or can posible predict the "outcome" not any exact GHz or so but posible if it will be worth the money :) 

The other option available beside the TX3 is Hyper 101, but as far as i know the TX3 is the supperrior of the two

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October 6, 2010 8:24:45 PM

I use a hyper tx3 on a phenom IIx4 945 (3Ghz 95w). It rocks :) 
With stock settings, Cool and Quiet on, fan on auto, websurfing, ambient air 23 C: 29 C
OC to 3.525 Ghz, +.05v, fan on high, 2 hrs of Prime95, ambient 23C:49 C
October 6, 2010 11:11:33 PM

Quick question, is that with the thermal compound/grease/pase(which ever you prefere to call it) that was included with the TX3 ?
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October 6, 2010 11:33:10 PM

No. I used... I don't remember. But it wasn't Arctic Silver.

I remember what I used. This
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October 7, 2010 10:39:30 AM

The TX3 will b fine for all but extreme overclocks on an Athlon. I used to have one on my unlocked C2 550BE (140W) overclocked to 3.5GHz but needed better to get to 3.7GHz.
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October 7, 2010 7:19:00 PM

I'd hold out for at least a 945. It has L3 cache and that's a plus for gaming.
October 7, 2010 11:30:31 PM

swifty_morgan said:
I'd hold out for at least a 945. It has L3 cache and that's a plus for gaming.


Even though that really wasn't the question, i feel like i still have to comment on it, the price difference between the Athlon II x4 640 and Phenom II x4 945 is roughly 80$(the 955 is 90$) and regarding the L3 Cache, tomshardware did a review of that: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/athlon-l3-cache,review-31... as you can see not really that big a difference with L3 and defineatly NOT 80$ worth
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October 8, 2010 2:39:09 AM

this site still sucks for not being able to edit messages/.....

ever wonder why some people complain of lagg or stutter... when you have to use system memory or use your hard drive........ for something that cam be done utilizing the cache on the processor, well......
October 9, 2010 1:39:00 PM

swifty_morgan said:
Sorry but with a quick look on the net I came up with this

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-l3-cache.htm

and since you believe this site over anything anybody could tell you

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cache-size-matter,1...

but don't take my word for it..........


I never said that L3 wasn't better i just said it wasn't worth the extra 80$ meaning i would have to drop a GTX460 for a HD5770. Obviously L3 is better, but it is not worth more or less paying twice as much (699DKK vs 1199DKK) when i'm on a budget.

I do not believe tomshardware over anything else, not sure where that is comming from.

Your article on tomshardware is related to if L2 cache size matters, there is no mentioning of L3 anywhere. Still as i said in the FIRST reply, the differnece is NOT worth it, not on my budget, and as i mentioned first in this reply. "Phenom II x4 with HD 5770" or "Athlon II x4 with GTX 460." i doubt you'll find anyone that would pick the Phenom over the Athlon when thats the difference.
October 10, 2010 11:32:43 AM

go with the CM TX3! it's cool!! whole a lot better than stock!

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October 11, 2010 2:08:55 AM
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I've got an Athlon II X4 630 @ 3.5Ghz with a TX3, load temp is around 57C but it's worth mentioning that I need 1.5V for that overclock, it runs much cooler at lower voltage/clock speed.
October 17, 2010 11:41:28 AM

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