Cooler Master TPC 812 Vertical Vapor Chamber CPU Cooler Review - Installation

Installation

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Cooler Master's universal mounting brackets are simple and intuitive to use, and is one of the easier coolers I've found to install myself.  The backplate is secured on its own, then the cooler lowered onto it, and the cooler is small enough where my rather thick screwdriver easily accessed the screws to secure it down.  Springs ensure firm pressure without being able to overdue it, and potentially cause damage to your motherboard as time goes by.  Cooler Master has consistently designed some of the easier mounting methods, which becomes especially noticeable as a reviewer when we find ourselves frequently swapping coolers... we notice even slight improvements, and it can be the difference between a pleasantly uneventful experience, and a complete headache.

 If you use high-profile RAM, clearance may become an issue, as our Patriot Viper Xtreme kits came flush up against the bottom of the fan chassis, but with careful coaxing, we were still able to nestle them underneath the fan.

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# chengsta 2012-05-06 18:50
okay, something just hit me about this fan. While vapor cooling technology is cool and all... I don't think it'll function as intended because I just realized that it will be on its SIDE. All the illustrations have it standing upright, with the vapor going upwards - not sideways.
 
 
# Inferno 2012-05-06 19:49
Quoting chengsta:
okay, something just hit me about this fan. While vapor cooling technology is cool and all... I don't think it'll function as intended because I just realized that it will be on its SIDE. All the illustrations have it standing upright, with the vapor going upwards - not sideways.


This is certainly a good point, but since it's a vapor, the technology should still help promote convection. Although it's ideal operation would certainly be with the vapor chambers pointed upward, it should still be fairly effective, as temperature differences (and thus density differences) in the vapor should still promote vapor movement within the chamber; increasing heat flow.

This is a great observation, and not sure myself how it didn't occur to me before this point. I am sure that it's most effective in a test-bench configuration.