Phanteks PH-TC12DX CPU Cooler Review



Testing - Installation

With the mounting bracket and rubber dampers in place, all that's left to do is apply the provided thermal paste and tighten the spring-loaded female bolts onto the threaded front brackets. I was able to tighten these most of the way using just my fingers and only felt like I had to give each a full turn with a screwdriver for good measure. Clip on the fans, plug into the fan headers, and we're ready for testing. I expected the black and white version of the cooler to look great inside the white inside of the CM Storm Stryker chassis, and indeed it does. If your motherboard is less flashy than the ROG Maximus V Formula shown here, you might consider spicing things up with a red or blue heatsink.

CPU Intel Core i5-2500k
Motherboard ASUS ROG Maximus V Formula
GPU ASUS GeForce GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II 1GB
RAM 2 x 4GB Patriot Viper Xtreme Division II 1600MHz DDR3
CPU Cooler
Phanteks PH-TC12DX
Thermal Paste
Phanteks PH-NDC
Primary HDD (OS) Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSD
2nd HDD (test)
Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD
PSU Cooler Master GX-750W
Chassis Cooler Master CM Storm Stryker
OS  Windows 7 Professional 64-bit



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