Cooler Master TPC 812 Vertical Vapor Chamber CPU Cooler Review - Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

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.

 

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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.

 

Pros:

  • High heat capacity (300W TDP)
  • Smaller and lighter than many high-end coolers
  • Intuitive mounting system
  • High overall value

 

Cons:

  • Fan rather loud at full speed
  • Fan uses sleeve bearing

 

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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.