Cooler Master TPC 812 CPU Cooler Review

Product: Cooler Master TPC 812
Company: Cooler Master
Author: James Prior
Editor: Charles Oliver
Date: September 9th, 2012


The Cooler Master TPC 812 offers performance to cope with the hottest overclocked processors out there. Priced around $70 it has some serious competition from the likes of Noctua, Corsair, Antec and others. With most overclockers these days opting for self-contained liquid coolers, the TPC 812 needs to offer something distinctive to be considered. The innovative vertical vapor chambers are certainly distinctive, and the 300W rating is eye-catching on the specification sheet. The supplied fan is powerful enough to cool the fin array for most modern processors but a second really ought to be included at this price point.

CoolerMaster TPC 812

The universal mounting mechanism takes a little test fitting and reading of the instructions to be clear on how it works, but once you get it you'll have no qualms or problems mounting and remounting the heatsink. Being a passive cooling device (beyond the fan) the TPC 812 has the advantage of reliability over self-contained liquid cooling systems with their pumps and fans.

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The design doesn't leave a lot of room around the socket for mainboard components like VRM and chipset coolers, or for taller RAM. The construction is solid, but the included thermal paste rather lack lustre, adding to the cost of a complete solution with a second fan. There are benefits to whole system cooling, and depending on your system's socket orientation you'll be able to increase cooling for your graphics card(s) as well. It's got the cooling chops, a svelte design and reasonable dimensions, just a little pricey. We award Cooler Master's TPC 812 CPU cooler 4 stars.

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