Phanteks PH-TC12DX CPU Cooler Review

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The Test Bench used to test the Phanteks PH-TC12DX CPU Cooler was the AMD test drive system which includes:

Test System:

Processor AMD A10-6800K
Motherboard Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4
Chipset AMD A85X
Memory 8GB AMD RP1866 RAM
Hard Drive 60GB Kingston SSDNow V300
Display ACER G276HLDbd 27″ LED Monitor
Interface DVI

Software used for testing:

  • HWMonitor (Note: CoreTemp doesn’t recognize temperatures with the A10-6800K)
  • Prime95

Using Prime95, we will test and compare the temperatures of the stock cooler and the Phanteks PH-TC12DX CPU cooler using the “In place large FFTs” option to maximize heat. The intent of the testing using Prime95 is to show the improvements of the Phanteks PH-TC12DX’s average temperatures at full load and it’s max temperatures at full load in comparison to the stock cooler. The thermal threshold for the AMD A10-6800K if 120 degrees Celsius, keep that in mind when you see the “high” temperatures.

Phanteks PH-TC12DX Temperature Benchmarks

Phantek PH-TC12DX Benchmark

Noise Levels

We still haven’t set up a system to “accurately” measure db’s yet. However we do have ears, and we know the difference between having a jet take off and a quiet whisper. The Phanteks PH-TC12DX isn’t the quietest cooler we’ve reviewed, however it’s still quieter than my Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme under a full load. I wouldn’t call this cooler loud, yes you can hear it when it’s spun up, but it’s only barely noticeable.

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