Phanteks PH-TC12DX CPU Cooler

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Phanteks PH-TC12DX CPU Cooler

January 27, 2013 by Lawrence Lee

Phanteks PH-TC12DX
CPU Cooler
Street Price

CPU coolers are now dominated by monstrous dual tower models weighing in at well over a kilogram and sporting 14 cm fans like the Phanteks PH-TC14PE reviewed last year. The smaller PH-TC12DX takes us back a couple years to a time when single towers with 12cm fans were as big as they got. While 12cm fan tower types of coolers can still be pricey, they are no longer top performance, at least when heavy overclocking is involved. But in many situations, a more modest sized heatsink is more suitable.

The PH-TC12DX (blue).

Given Phanteks' inclination to borrow heavily from Noctua, one might assume offhand that this is a copy of the NH-U12P, but that's not the case. The TC12DX is noticeably skinnier, measuring 57 mm wide compared to the 71 mm thick Notcua U12P tower. Its design is essentially the same as that of the larger Phanteks TC14PE, shurnk slightly to a more modest form factor. Like other Phanteks coolers, the TC12DX is available in several different colors. The heatsink body and fan blades come in matching sets of blue, red, black, and white. The shade of blue on our sample is striking and a novel change from the usual chrome of its competitors. It helps differentiate Phanteks in a market saturated with products that look mostly the same.

Box and contents.

Phanteks also copies Noctua's packaging protocols, shipping all their larger heatsinks with a common universal installation kit with the hardware segregated into separate plastic bags. Aside from the documentation and necessary mounting gear, there are fan isolation strips, a tube of thermal compound, and a sleeved Y cable for connecting both fans to a single fan header.

Phanteks PH-TC12DX: Specifications
(from the product web page)
Color White / Black / Blue / Red
Material Copper (Base and Heat-pipes), Nickel Plated
Aluminum (Fins and Top Cover)
Patented P.A.T.S (Physical Anti-Oxidant Thermal Shield)
Patented C.P.S.C (Cold Plasma Spraying Coating)
Fan Model PH-F120HP PWM Premium Fan
Fan Size 120 x 120 x 25mm
Fan Compatibility 120 x 120 x 25mm (2pcs)
Bearing Type UFB (Updraft Floating Balance) Bearing
Blade Geometry Nine Blades with MVB(Maelström Vortex Booster) Design
Speed (RPM) 600 – 1800 RPM ± 10%
Max Airflow 23 – 68.5 CFM
Max Air Pressure 0.39 – 2.07mm H2O
Acoustical Noise 21.9 – 27.6 dB(A)
Input Power 2.16W
Current (Ampere) 0.18A
Rate Voltage 12V
MTBF >150,000 h
Heatsink Dimensions (LxWxH) 126 x 57 x 157mm (without fans)
126 x 107 x 157mm (with dual fans)
Package Dimensions 220x163x173 (LxWxH)
Scope of Delivery 1x PH-TC12DX Heatsink
2x PH-F120HP PWM Premium Fans
8x Fan Clip Adapters
4x Rubber Bar,
4x Fan wire clips (PH-F120HP Fan’s Accessories)
SoliSku Mounting Kits for Intel and AMD (Stock back-plate required)
1x Y Fan Splitter (4pin)
1x PH-NDC Thermal Compound
2x Phanteks PH-TC12DX User’s Manual
Warranty 5 Years.

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