Phanteks PH-TC12DX Cpu cooler

Phanteks PH-TX12DX
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Included with the heatsink are two 120mm fans. In our tests the fans were comfortably silent in normal use, and in heavy use they revved up to definitely hearable level but in return their ability to cool down the heatsink increased dramatically. Both fans come with rubber dampeners in the screw slots to minimize any resonating noises the fans may produce. The fans are rated 21.9 – 27.6 dB(A) providing an airflow of 23 – 68.5 CFM.


We used following system in our test setup:
Antec P190 Case
Enermax ENM750AWT PSU
Asus P8P67 Motherboard
Intel I5-2500K CPU
2x2GB Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600MHz
Asus Radeon 6850 DC GFX
Verbatim 120GB SSD
2x1TB Hitachi 7k1000.D HDD

All tests were done with a closed case and the ambient temperature was around 26c. Idle temperatures were taken after 30 minutes of idle in windows desktop while load temperatures were taken using Prime95 to stress our CPU for 30 minutes. P190 was combined with two exhaust fans (one on top, one in back) and one  in-take fan in front. We compared the cooler against Antec H2O 920 which costs about 20USD more than the Phanteks but the sound level is about on the same level. Also we had Noctua NH-U12P to compare the Phanteks against. NH-U12P is similarly priced with Phanteks and is generally accepted as one of the de facto tower designed coolers.

Phanteks PH-TX12DX

As we can see, the Phanteks PH-TC12DX can compete well enough against its competitors. Against Noctua NH-U12P the differences are negligible while the little more expensive Antec H2O 920 will beat it in all tests. The fans were comfortably quiet in PH-TC12DX yet still they managed to provide reasonable enough cooling power.


While Phanteks PH-TC12DX did not manage to beat our reference coolers in tests, it doesn’t mean that it would be a bad cooler. The temperatures with PH-TC12DX were very reasonable and the differences between Noctua and Phanteks were negligible. 2c differences in load temperatures are tolerable. Priced around 60USD, the PH-TC12DX offers us great performance for a reasonable amount of money. Regarding the noise level, PH-TC12DX was about on par with the Noctua NH-U12P which is one of the most silent towercoolers available on market. I can recommend PH-TC12DX for anyone who wants a high performance tower cooler and doesn’t want to spend loads of money for coolers like NH-D14.

+ Performance
+ Noise
+ Compatibility

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