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Phanteks PH-TC12DX CPU Cooler Review

Rating: 9.0.

Aiming to stamp its authority in another segment of the CPU cooling market, Phanteks has released a mid-range model in the PH-TC12DX. Does the dual fan PH-TC12DX have what it takes to shine in an overly-cramped market?

Utilising four 6mm heatpipes in a U-type arrangement, Phanteks’ dual fan PH-TC12DX CPU cooler targets mid-range users who have a taste for aesthetics. Backed by a pair of equally striking 120mm – PH-F120HP – fans, the PH-TC12DX sets itself as a direct competitor to the likes of Thermaltake’s Frio and Sapphire’s Vapor-X. Phanteks is hoping that the patented P.A.T.S. and C.P.S.C. technologies employed by the PH-TC12DX are enough to set it apart from the relentless sea of competitors.

Shipping in black, blue, red and white colours, can Phanteks’ PH-TC12DX prove that aesthetics and balanced performance aren’t two mutually exclusive characteristics of a mid-range CPU cooler?

Specifications:

  • CPU Socket Compatibility: Intel LGA 775, 1150, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011 & AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2 (stock backplate required)
  • Heatsink Dimensions without fans (L x W x H): 126 x 57 x 157mm
  • Heatsink Dimensions with dual fans (L x W x H): 126 x 107 x 157mm
  • Heatsink Material: Aluminium fins
  • Base Material: Nickel-plated Copper
  • Colours: White/Red/Blue/Black
  • Fan Speed: 600 – 1,800 RPM
  • Fan Air Flow: 23 – 68.5 CFM
  • Fan Air Pressure: 0.39 – 2.07mm H2O
  • Fan Noise Level: 21.9 – 27.6 dB(A)
  • Fan Connector: 4-pin PWM

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