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Phanteks PH-TC12DX Tower CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:05 am
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: Phanteks

Specifications, Availability and Pricing




The PH-TC12DX comes in four colors - white, black, blue, and red - of which I was shipped the black (BK) version with white fans. All of these coolers are made with copper base plates with four 6mm diameter heat pipes soldered into it. Once this is assembled, both the base and the pipes receive nickel plating. There are 49 aluminum fins that make up the tower along with a cover plate that bears the Phanteks name embossed into it to cover the top of the tower so you don't see the heat pipes. All of the fins, including the top plate, have the P.A.T.S. and C.P.S.C. applied to them to try to draw as much heat from the pipes and allow it into the fins with a little less effort to help boost its efficiency.


Cooling this tower, you receive a pair of PH-F120HP PWM Premium fans. These fans use an updraft Floating Balance Bearing to reduce friction and deliver 150,000 hours of life expectancy. The blades are designed with a Maelstrom Vortex Booster to make the fans blow more directionally instead of a V-shape to concentrate the airflow where it is needed most. These fans can spin from 600 to 1800 RPM delivering up to 68.5 CFM and 2.07mmH2O of pressure. All together with the heat sink and the pair of fans, the PH-TC12DX stands 157mm tall, is 126mm wide, and is 107mm deep, but still stays within the limitations most users need to allow access to the 8-pin EPS plug and the memory while not running into a video card either.


As I attempted to shop for the PH-TC12DX, Newegg is the only place that shows up. What I do find a bit funny is that Newegg stocks all four versions of this cooler, and all at the same price. While each cooler is individually $59.99 on their site, what got me is that everyone has a different shipping price attached to it. Not like the color I want makes the package bigger or the cooler any heavier. The white, black and red versions are going to cost close to $6 for shipping, while the blue version is only $3.99. I guess if blue isn't your color of choice, you are likely to spend an extra $2-3 for the color you want, but I still see no logic in this discrepancy.


Bottom line on this though is that $59.99 isn't a bad starting point for a cooler of this nature, and with it including two fans in the box, I feel it is reasonable. After the images, we can get to the testing and that will definitely show us what sort of value Phanteks has in store for us with the PH-TC12DX.

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