The TPC 812 is marketed as a high-end cooler, and it performs like one, but is priced rather aggressively at $70 MSRP. For enthusiasts and overclockers, this makes the TPC 812 a very appealing option at a mid-range price-point, but 300W TDP of high performance cooling capability. When comparing to the Arctic Cooling Freezer i30, which retails at an MSRP of $50, we see that the advantages for the $20 premium are not as appealing if you don't plan on utilizing Cooler Master's Vertical Vapor Chamber technology by overclocking or using your system in a demanding fashion. The fan included with the Arctic Freezer i30 is also equipped with a fluid dynamic bearing, whereas the TPC 812's fan has a long-life sleeved bearing, and the Freezer i30 is also somewhat lighter, both work in favor of Arctic's offering.
However, when considering overclocking, 24/7 runtimes, or other demanding scenarios, the $20 difference becomes increasingly valuable, as the TPC 812's performance advantage widens with greater loads, and for enthusiasts, the $20 difference is relatively small, especially when comparing to the variety of other much more expensive high-end alternatives the TPC 812 will compete with. Cooler Master also claims the TPC 812 will go head-to-head with the available All-in-one water cooling setups, and if the community shows this is the case in a wide range of scenarios, then Cooler Master will certainly have added to its lineage of high-value coolers with the likes of the heralded Hyper 212 series.
- High heat capacity (300W TDP)
- Smaller and lighter than many high-end coolers
- Intuitive mounting system
- High overall value
- Fan rather loud at full speed
- Fan uses sleeve bearing
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