Phanteks PH-TC12DX CPU Cooler Review


Few things scream "buy me!" like the brightly colored fins of this Phanteks PH-TC12DX. Packed full of very fancy sounding technologies and garnished with colorful heatsinks and fans, the Phanteks PH-TC12DX looks to be a strong contender in the high end air-cooling segment. Hassle-free installation, respectable temps, and quiet operation prove that this cooler has the performance to match its killer looks. The price is a bit steep at first glance, but you can continue reading to find out what other tricks this product has up its cable sleeves to keep it paying out long after future upgrades.



PH-TC12DX, a U-Type dual tower heat-sink with four 6mm heat-pipes allows for optimal airflow and cooling. PH-TC12DX’s 6mm heat-pipes are linearly aligned and developed to have the least amount of air and thermal resistance. Incorporating P.A.T.S and C.P.S.C Technologies, PH-TC12DX delivers better heat dissipation and heat transfers. PH-TC12DX includes dual PH-F120HP PWM Premium fans to allow for higher performance and/or silent operation.


Patented. P.A.T.S (Physical Antioxidant Thermal Shield) will greatly increase the cooling performance and reliability while deflecting other thermal radiation from other heat sources, such as the GPU, South Bridge, North Bridge, etc. P.A.T.S, ran at a long period, will display significantly better results in an enclosure, closed environment, than a tech station, open environment. In extreme conditions, PATS is able to withstand temperatures of up to 200 degrees Celsius. P.A.T.S is environmental friendly and non-toxic.


Patented. C.P.S.C (Cold Plasma Spraying Coating Technology) is a brand new technologic forming deposit that displaces heat onto corresponding metals at a quicker rate. With this technology, the Phanteks PH-TC12DX enhances thermal conductivity on the soldered surfaces of the heat-pipes through the copper deposits.


Phanteks PH-F120HP PWM Premium fans uses UFB (Updraft Floating Balance) bearing, Nine blades and MAFO (Maelstrom Air-Fort Optimization) drive system to achieve massive airflow and perfect dynamic balance.  The PH-F120HP fans with the support of the anti-acoustic rubber pad and rubber bar produces low level dB(A) and eliminates vibration. With PWM functions built in, PH-F120HP fans allows you to set speed adjustments for either performance and/or silent operation.


SoliSku universal mounting kit provides broad socket compatibilities for Intel LGA 2011/1150/1155/1156/1366/775 and AMD FM2/FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2 (Stock back-plate required).SoliSku universal mounting kit provides broad socket compatibilities for Intel LGA 2011/1150/1155/1156/1366/775 and AMD FM2/FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2 (Stock back-plate required).


Phanteks PH-NDC is made of high purity Nano diamond-like particles to improve the thermal conductance between components. The PH-NDC is a superb quality thermal compound for heat-sinks. Heat generated by CPUs will transfer to the heat-sinks without reduction in efficiency and resistance.



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Model NO PH-TC12DX
UPC Code 886523000341
Type Heatskink and Fans
Colors White/Black/Blue/Red
Material Copper (Base and Heat-pipes), Nickel Plated
Aluminum (Fins and Top Cover)
Patented P.A.T.S (Physical Anti-Oxidant Thermal Shield)
Patented C.P.S.C (Cold Plasma Spraying Coating)
Fan Model PH-F120HP PWM Premium Fan
Fan Size 120 x 120 x 25mm
Fan Compatibilities 120 x 120 x 25mm (2pcs)
Bearing Type UFB (Updraft Floating Balance) Bearing
Blade Geometry Nine Blades with MVB(Maelström Vortex Booster) Design
Speed (RPM) 600 – 1800 RPM ± 10%
Max Airflow 23 – 68.5 CFM
Max Air Pressure 0.39 – 2.07mm H2O
Acoustical Noise 21.9 – 27.6 dB(A)
Input Power 2.16W
Current (Ampere) 0.18A
Rate Voltage 12V
MTBF >150,000 h
Heatsink Dimensions (LxWxH) 126 x 57 x 157mm (without fans)
126 x 107 x 157mm (with dual fans)
Package Dimensions 220x163x173 (LxWxH)
Scope of Delivery 1x PH-TC12DX Heatsink
2x PH-F120HP PWM Premium Fans
8x Fan Clip Adapters
4x Rubber Bar,
4x Fan wire clips (PH-F120HP Fan’s Accessories)
SoliSku Mounting Kits for Intel and AMD (Stock back-plate required)
1x Y Fan Splitter (4pin)
1x PH-NDC Thermal Compound
2x Phanteks PH-TC12DX User’s Manual
Warranty 5 Years

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The  PH-TC12DX arrives in some quite handsome packaging that shows off the different colored heatsinks available for this cooler. You get a full rundown of the specs and special features of the cooler, as well as some closeups of the baseplate and heatsink designs. Inside the box, you'll find the heatsink and fans encased in two massive blocks of foam to ensure their safety in transit. A small box tucked to one side contains all the mounting hardware and instructional literature you'll need to install your new cooler.


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