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Phanteks PH-TC12DX CPU Cooler Review

Manufacturer: Phanteks

Introduction and Technical Specifications


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A relative new comer in the enthusiast space, Phanteks has taken the hearts and minds with their high-performance and innovatively designed thermal cooling solutions. The PH-TC12DX cooler features a massive dual-radiator tower actively cooled by two 120mm fans with a copper, nickel-plated CPU base plate. The cooler cines packaged with support for all current Intel and AMD CPU socket offerings. To properly gage the PH-TC12DX's performance, we put it up against several similarly-classed air and water-based cooling solutions. At a retail price of $54.99, the Phanteks PH-TC12DX offers you solid performance without busting your bank.

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The Phanteks PH-TC12DX cooler consists of a single tower radiator with four U-shaped heat pipes intersecting the its cooling fins. The cooler uses nickel-plated copper heat pipes to transfer the heat from the copper CPU base plate to the fins of the aluminum radiator for optimal heat transmission and dispersal. The tower is sandwiched by two high air flow 120mm fans for heat dispersion from the radiator. Phanteks went to great lengths to make sure the PH-TC12DX kept a sleek looking appearance from the black coloration of the radiator to the branded top-plate to hide the heat pipe termination points.

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Phanteks includes everything you need to get the cooler up and running in your system: mounting kits supporting both Intel and AMD-based systems, dual PH-F120HP 120mm fans, fan mounting kits, a sleeved dual-ended fan power cable, and Phanteks PH-NDC thermal paste.

Continue reading our review of the Phanteks PH-TC12DX CPU air cooler!

Technical Specifications (taken from the Phanteks website)




Heatsinks and Fans


Intel Socket: LGA 2011/115X/1366/775
AMD: FM1/FM2/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2 (stock back-plate required)


White / Black / Blue / Red


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


Current (Ampere)


Rate Voltage



>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


5 Years.


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December 30, 2013 | 07:33 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I own the PH-TC14PE and it's the first air cooler I bought in a long time that impressed me. Moving from an AIO Asetek unit it was night and day, both temps and noise. The best part of their products is they all feel and look like solid pieces of hardware. At the time if this was available I would've probably gone with this one. Still I can't complain it pushes my 2600K to 4.5GHz on stock voltage.

December 31, 2013 | 07:50 AM - Posted by Edkiefer (not verified)

One question on sound part. Since this fans are PWM why is sound level same for idle and load .
It should of ramped down for idle unless you set it up in bios to run 100% ?
But that would not be fair as it seems corsair 100i does use lower idle speeds .

December 31, 2013 | 08:33 PM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

testing was done with fans at full speed only...

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