The PH-TC12DX has two patented features which Phanteks are keen to emphasise with this cooler. Below is what they are and what Phanteks has to say about them.
Patented. P.A.T.S (Physical Antioxidant Thermal Shield)
will greatly increase the cooling performance and reliability while deflecting other thermal radiation from other heat sources, such as the GPU, South Bridge, North Bridge, etc. P.A.T.S, ran at a long period, will display significantly better results in an enclosure, closed environment, than a tech station, open environment. In extreme conditions, PATS is able to withstand temperatures of up to 200 degrees Celsius. P.A.T.S is environmental friendly and non-toxic.
Patented. C.P.S.C (Cold Plasma Spraying Coating Technology)
is a brand new technologic forming deposit that displaces heat onto corresponding metals at a quicker rate. With this technology, the Phanteks PH-TC12DX enhances thermal conductivity on the soldered surfaces of the heat-pipes through the copper deposits.
As with other CPU coolers, the PH-TC12DX is available in an assortment of colours, we are reviewing the blue version today which is rather vibrant and eye-catching. PH-TC12DX is a dual-tower heatsink featuring nickel plated aluminium fins. Both towers are joined by a top plate which has the Phanteks logo engraved.
A vibrant dual-tower heatsink
The top with logo engraved
PH-TC12DXs curvature follows a slightly concave design with condensed fin stack. Once attached the fan will have its edges sit flush to the heatsink but then towards the centre there will be a slight gap. The edges have groves which allow the supplied fan clips to slot into; to attach a fan the process is very simple, four fan adapters are pressed into the mounting holes (shown in the picture below) and the fan clips can lodge within these adapters. The fan clips provide a secure way of fixing the fan to the heatsink but there is actually very little tension which means the task is an easy one to undertake unlike other coolers we have dealt with in the past.
A condensed and concave fin stack
Cooling fan clips onto heatsink easily
PH-TC12DX has a total of four 6mm copper heatpipes which pass through a copper baseplate. This baseplate is semi-transparent; it doesnt give a fully transparent finish but does have a recognisable reflection. Phanteks have pre-applied the mounting plate and mounting screws have a tension spring to assist with tightening aka SoliSku . This early indication that the installation could be an easy one.
Four copper heatpipes take heat up and away from the CPU