Phanteks PH-TC12DX Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅19-03-13

Since their appearance on the market, Phanteks haven’t ceased to steal the limelight with their eagerness to bring style to cooling and the PH-TC12DX encapsulates exactly this.

Having the choice of a variety of different coloured versions is sure to be a hit with enthusiasts since the colour configuration is quite an important aspect of system building for many. The varied options mean you can pair up a cooler with pretty much any motherboard, memory, graphics card and cooling fans on the market. The finish and quality of craftsmanship is second to none and we especially like how easy the installation is, we had the cooler and our test system up and running in under 10 minutes!

Performance from PH-TC12DX was a mixed bag, stock results from our Intel Core i7-3930K revealed a strong position on the league of previously reviewed coolers. It handled this CPU very well indeed but the same cannot be said for the overclock. With a nudge in voltage and frequency the PH-TC12DX appeared to struggle with dispelling unwanted heat and likewise with the passive testing, the numbers climbed and gave an unfortunate result.

From a price standpoint PH-TC12DX can be found for a mere £38 which is good value when you consider the entire package and inclusion of two 120mm cooling fans.

Aesthetically PH-TC12DX is very pleasing, it’s available in an assortment of different colours with every attention to detail covered. Quality is quite clearly of utmost importance, those wanting a good CPU cooler for stock settings should consider PH-TC12DX in their shortlist.

+ Aesthetically pleasing
+ Available in different colours
+ Very good quality components
+ Easy installation
+ Affordable
+ Solid stock performance
+ Great clearance for tall memory kits

- Lacks performance grunt when overclocked
- Failed passive tests

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