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Cooler Master TPC 812 Vapor Chamber CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 11, 2012 2:08 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: Cooler Master

Cooler Master TPC 812 Vertical Vapor Chamber CPU Cooler




Fresh out of the box you can see that even the top of the cooler looks different than the typical tower cooler. Now the vapor chambers aren't exactly that wide, the top cover plate that hides them is just that wide. Either way it's a slick looking tower cooler.




I mentioned the cooler comes with the fan already installed to the body of the TPC 812 and I have to say the fan does a great job of covering around 80% of the fins surface area.




I left the fan on to show how the clips grab on to the sides of the cooler just inside of the support tabs. If you want to, you can add a second fan with an extra set of these plastic clips that come with the hardware.




Looking through the cooler you don't see too much of the fan peeking through. This is why I think the high static pressure fan is what is needed to blow air past all of the pipes and the vapor chamber and still make it out the back of the cooler.




With the fan off the cooler you can see it is a mirrored design to the fins. If it weren't for the writing on the top plate, it really doesn't matter which direction the body of the cooler can accept its airflow. So if your setup likes air pushing to the memory side of the motherboard, this can be done as well.




This is the way I would assume one needs to install the cooler so that the Cooler Master name is easy to read as your friends peek through the window of your case. The screws on the corners are not just decorations, they actually are what holds the top fin and caps in place.




The way this copper and nickel plated sandwich of goodness works, is that Cooler Master took a copper base plate, to which you solder in six 6mm heat pipes. As if that isn't enough, they solder two vapor chambers directly to the top of the heat pipes, the top the sandwich with one last layer of copper, designed to hold the mounting hardware.




On the box it said this base was finely polished and the best I can say to describe this is finely milled at best. The surface is wide and flat with minimal curves at the corners.




One thing I like to see with coolers is that the fins make a more permanent contact with the devices leading the heat away from the base plate. Cooler Master seems to have soldered the heat pipes, but from what I can see without destroying the cooler, I am unsure if the vapor chamber is soldered or not.

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