Phanteks PH-TC12DX Reviewccokeman -
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Phanteks PH-TC12DX Introduction:
Putting together a high performance computer usually involves installing a better-than-stock cooling solution, especially if running the system out-of-spec and overclocking it for all it's worth. Upping the clock speed and/or voltages will demand a much better cooling solution to keep that pricey processor operating as cool as possible. Phanteks has answered that call with a solution that is a bit more modest in size than their dual tower 140mm fan equipped PH-TC14PE, in the PH-TC12DX. Phanteks PH-TC12DX is a tower-style cooling solution again more modest in size yet still equipped with a pair of UFB bearing 120mm PWM fans to provide the airflow needed to cool the processor. Available in multiple colors, the PH-TC12DX can be ordered to fit most color themes.
Priced at $59 the PH-TC12DX is not just your standard cooling solution, but one that is built using aerospace technologies to minimize the effects of radiant heat using P.A.T.S (Physical Antioxidant Thermal Shield) technology. C.P.S.C (Cold Plasma Spraying Coating Technology) is used to improve heat transfer on the soldered surfaces of the four heat pipes, where they pass through the base and fin array. Packed full of technology, offered at a modest price with a five-year warranty, Phanteks makes the PH-TC12DX a tantalizing proposition. All the technical specs are for naught if it cannot perform. Let's run it through the ringer to see if it does deliver the number.
Phanteks PH-TC12DX Closer Look:
The front of the package shows a porthole view of part of the PH-TC12DX to the right, with the four colors available (Red, White,Blue, Black), shown just to the left side of the package. The top-right has the name and highlights that the fans are PWM style fans. The back side gives a brief description of the PH-TC12DX and how it is equipped, in several languages. The right side shows the technical specifications, while the left side shows the features of the package and cooler.
Internally, the cooler is solidly packed in a large closed cell foam form. The PH-F120HP fans and PH-TC12DX tower are encased in the foam, while the accessory bundle is packed separately in a cardboard box. The box was slightly bowed upon arrival, but after pulling the assembly out of the box, I found the whole assembly to be in excellent shape. A testament to the packaging design.
Phanteks' accessory bundle includes everything you need to install the PH-TC12DX on motherboards equipped with Intel LGA 2011/1150/1155/1156/1366/775 and AMD FM2/FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2 sockets. You get compatibility with every current socket, including Intel's upcoming socket 1150 platform. The mounting kits are separated by CPU manufacturer, with one kit specifically for AMD and one for Intel. An accessory kit includes the fan attachment hardware and a tube of Phanteks nano-diamond-like particle thermal paste. A two-into-one four-pin power adapter allows both PH-F120HP fans to be plugged into the PWM controlled CPU fan header. A set of detailed instructions in multiple languages is included for those of us who have found out that reading them is the best course of action when installing a new product.
Let's dig a little deeper into what Phanteks is offering in this U Tower style heat sink.