Cooler Master has taken a twist on the typical installation method, while still making it quick and easy. The first step is to apply your thermal grease, which I found to be very hard to apply as it was extremely thick.
The next step, which isn’t really what Cooler Master says to do, but I find it easier is to install the fan. Since the fan isn’t pre installed Cooler Master has provided four clips to attach the fans. When going to install the fan I noticed two things: the fan has rubber pads on the side that needs to go against the CPU cooler and that the clips are much easier to use than any other I’ve used before.
I was sort of confused at the design of the clips at first, but quickly realized that the lips on the clips are to help you install the clip into the slot on the heatsink. This is the first cooler that I’ve ever seen use this method. I really think other companies should implement this because without those help bars it makes installation a pain.
The next step is to install the brackets onto the CPU cooler. Most CPU coolers have two brackets to install, but the TX3 has four; probably to implement the Socket 1156 with the LGA 775 installation. Each of the brackets has two screw holes, which almost appears to be four since there are two holes per location.
When installing these brackets you need to use the outer holes for LGA 775 installation and the inner holes for Socket 1156 installations. Using the outer holes for the LGA775 will make the two brackets closer together; using the inner holes will make a gap between the brackets for a proper Socket 1156 installation.
Since the Hyper TX3 uses a pushpin design all you have to do now is push each of the four pins until they click. The fan should be on the right side of the motherboard to blow through the heatsink and out the rear case exhaust fan.
The cooler takes up minimal room inside of the case, so it should fit in most cases.