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Phanteks PH-TC12DX Black U-Type Dual Tower 4 Heatpipe Heatsink CPU Cooler w/ Dual 120mm PWM Fans

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Intel Socket: LGA 2011/115X/1366/775 AMD: FM1/FM2/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2 (stock back-plate required)
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Part #: PH-TC12DX_BK

SKU: 110974
Shipping Weight: 4 lbs
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Experience: 4 Weeks

Great cooler Verified OwnerVerified Owner


Excellent cooling capabilities. Kept my i5 6600k at 29 c idle, went up to around 45-50 on heavy loads. Decided to clock it to 4.4ghz and it was a steady 60 degrees constantly.

Dead quiet, even on heavy loads and overclocked CPU.
The heatsink is HUGE like really big. The fan can block the first ram module if you have high profile ram so bare that in mind. Must adjust the fan in order to get the ram to go in.
Bought this CPU mainly for the color scheme of my PC was not disappointed with the overall performance.

Experience: 2 Days

Good heatsink when on sale Verified OwnerVerified Owner


Whips my old Hyper 212 EVO like the sad puppy it is. When running linx: Evo hits 100 degrees by second iteration, Phanteks didn't go over 82.
Not so easy to install as claimed. For some odd reason only way it installed was blowing air up through the case radiator grill. Can't be bothered to try re-orientate it.
Very good for mild OC, 4.2-4.4ghz.

Experience: 30 Days

Keeps it cool!


Fairly easy to install
I7 6700 is 29c idle mid 50s under load at stock with prime 95
Noctua performance for less
As good as most aio coolers
May be too tall for some cases. I wanted the 140mm version but it wouldn't fit
Need to be careful not to bend fins when handling
Had a corsair aio for 5 years.. pump died and decided to go for a good air cooler. So far this Phanteks has performed as good if not better. I do have good airflow throughout the case so that might help. So far its worth every penny.

Experience: 1 Months

Good purchase Verified OwnerVerified Owner


Looks good
Cools well
Was easy enough to install, just follow the instructions
Comes with a small amount of thermal paste

Comes with a Y-splitter so that you can plug both fans into the same motherboard fan header.

Experience: 1 Months

Works better than anticipated at a great price


-quiet, even at relatively high rpms
-works like a charm
-looks great if you've got a window in your case
-only issue I've run into so far is that one of my fans randomly stopped spinning (fixed)
This cooler is great. It does what it is meant to do and does it well; at a competitive price too.

It remains very quiet even when operating at a high rpm and it fits the black and white, minimalist theme of my build quite well.

The only issue I've run into so far is that one of my fans stopped spinning randomly. I had them both connected to the CPU FAN 1 port on my board using the provided cable. I disconnected the two fans and switched their places and now it's been working just fine.

All in all I would say this was a great purchase, I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a good quality, inexpensive, quiet cooler. Especially if you're looking for one that's a little more attractive that the Hyper Evo 12.

As an aside, I might have installed the heatsink upside down resulting in me having to switch the fans around and do some impressive cable management. (I know, I know)

Experience: 1 Months


very easy to install (for the intel side at least), keep my I5-6600K very cold, silent, cool design,
seems like you can't control the fan speed.
Really cool cpu cooler really. It gave me insane performance for the price (if what speedfan said is true, my i5-6600k at stock is at 10°c idle and 40°c at full load for an hour, overclocked at 4.2 ghz it was 13 idle and 50°c at full load.)

The cooler did not block any ram slot for me but it's a little big on width side. Make sur it can fit in your case, my barely did because of the side glass. I also can't find a way to control the fan speed on the cooler but i can control the other fans alright but maybe that's my motherboard.

tenouttaten, would buy again

Experience: 2 Weeks


Looks awesome, easy install, not very loud. Keeps my i5-6600k nice n cool.
Satisfied, would recommend.

Experience: 1 Days


Cools my cpu good and efficiently. I find the fans pretty quiet. The fans align perfectly with the case rear fan to exhaust warm air out the back. Good looking and comes in multiple colors to match your rig.
its a big chuck of real estate hanging off your motherboard. Front fan overhangs first memory slot on my board but there is clearance enough to insert.
I went back and forth trying to decide between this specific air cooler and various sealed water cooler solutions. I opted for this cooler instead of a liquid cooler based on several reviews I came across. Its quiet and efficient. Keeps my temps quite low. Great choice I'm happy.

Experience: 7 Days


Cooling performance
Easy/quick installation overall
Will interfere with RAM if you are using all 4 DIMMs and the modules have high heatsinks
Fan cables with adapter are a bit long
Fans can be difficult to clip/unclip in some builds
I got 2 of these, one for a new build for my brother in law with a i7-6700k and one for my old i5-4670k. My review is mainly based on the experience with my system aside from some notes about noise and installation.

I chose this heatsink specifically over the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo from reviews that I read based on cooling performance and am very happy with the decision. This heatsink may cost more but I think it is completely worth it.

~~ Cooling performace ~~

I have had a massive improvement with the temperatures on my CPU (i5-4670k). Previously I was using stock cooling and had no thermal room for overclocking, so I was still running at stock speeds. After installing this heatsink my idle temperatures dropped by around 20C and load temperatures by around 25C. This also let me get in a nice overclock that is still running cooler than the stock setup.

Stock Cooler / Stock Speeds:
Idle: 45C
Load: 85C

Phanteks PH-TC12DX / Stock Speeds:
Idle: 30C
Load: 60C

Phanteks PH-TC12DX / 4.4Ghz OC c 1.24V:
Idle: 40C
Load: 72C

~~ Noise ~~

I can't say much about the noise as I have 5 system fans and 2 x R9 280X GPUs in my system, so all I can really is that I haven't noticed any extra noise but my system is somewhat noisy under load as is.

I have noticed that using the Y-Adapter for the fan cables and connecting it to the CPU fan header that the system normally keeps the fans running around 800-900 RPM when the system is idle, so noise shouldn't be an issue when idle. Even under load I don't always see the fans get all the way up to 1800 RPM depending on how many cores are being used.

On my brother in law's system though I also did not notice any considerable noise, and he said he hasn't noticed any fan noise really except from his GPU.

~~ Installation ~~

Both on the new build and replacing my old stock heatsink the installation was simple. From bare processor to heatsink installed was only around 15-20 minutes for me, and I'm a bit of a klutz (dropping screws a lot). The only tool needed is a Phillips head driver to tighten everything down.

The only issue I somewhat had was clipping the fans on at the end. In my system I have a PCI-E sound card on the 1x port directly below my processor, so clipping the back fan was a little tight.

Also if you are going to use the Y adapter then the total cable length for the fans is a bit long since the CPU fan header should be right next to the heatsink. This is just something to plan for if you are a bit nuts about cable management like i am.

The last thing is not an issue I had on either build but something to keep in mind with most aftermarket heatsinks; this will sit above the DIMM slot closest to the processor on most motherboards. If you are using all 4 DIMM slots and your memory modules have heatsinks on them then this will likely interfere with the module in that DIMM next to the processor.

~~ Conclusion ~~

This is a fantastic heatsink in every way I can think of. Cooling performance is excellent, installation is easy, noise (from what I can tell) is very reasonable, and the price is worth it.

Apparently the Phanteks PH-TC14PE is one of the best air coolers available, but for most people who can't fit something like that in their system or don't want to spend $100 the PH-TC12DX is a fantastic CPU heatsink that I would buy for every system I build.

Product Videos [ Edit ]

Features [ Edit | History ]

PH-TC12DX, a U-Type dual tower heat-sink with four 6mm heat-pipes allows for optimal airflow and cooling. PH-TC12DX’s 6mm heat-pipes are linearly aligned and developed to have the least amount of air and thermal resistance. Incorporating P.A.T.S and C.P.S.C Technologies, PH-TC12DX delivers better heat dissipation and heat transfers. PH-TC12DX includes dual PH-F120HP PWM Premium fans to allow for higher performance and/or silent operation.

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.
Phanteks PH-F120HP PWM Premium fans uses UFB (Updraft Floating Balance) bearing, Nine blades and MAFO (Maelstrom Air-Fort Optimization) drive system to achieve massive airflow and perfect dynamic balance. The PH-F120HP fans with the support of the anti-acoustic rubber pad and rubber bar produces low level dB(A) and eliminates vibration. With PWM functions built in, PH-F120HP fans allows you to set speed adjustments for either performance and/or silent operation.
SoliSku universal mounting kit provides broad socket compatibilities for Intel LGA 2011/1150/1155/1156/1366/775 and AMD FM2/FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2 (Stock back-plate required).
Phanteks PH-NDC is made of high purity Nano diamond-like particles to improve the thermal conductance between components. The PH-NDC is a superb quality thermal compound for heat-sinks. Heat generated by CPUs will transfer to the heat-sinks without reduction in efficiency and resistance.

Specifications [ Edit | History ]

Heatsinks and Fans
Intel Socket: LGA 2011/115X/1366/775 
AMD: FM1/FM2/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2 (stock back-plate required)
Colors Black
Material Copper (Base and Heat-pipes), Nickel Plated
Aluminum (Fins and Top Cover) 
Patented P.A.T.S (Physical Anti-Oxidant Thermal Shield)
Patented C.P.S.C (Cold Plasma Spraying Coating)
Fan Model PH-F120HP PWM Premium Fan
Fan Size 120 x 120 x 25mm
Fan Compatibilities 120 x 120 x 25mm (2pcs)
Bearing Type
UFB (Updraft Floating Balance) Bearing
Blade Geometry
Nine Blades with MVB(Maelström Vortex Booster) Design
Speed (RPM)
600 – 1800 RPM ± 10%
Max Airflow
23 – 68.5 CFM
Max Air Pressure
0.39 – 2.07mm H2O
Acoustical Noise
21.9 – 27.6 dB(A)
Input Power
Current (Ampere)
Rate Voltage
>150,000 h
Heatsink Dimensions (LxWxH)
126 x 57 x 157mm (without fans)
126 x 107 x 157mm (with dual fans)
Package Dimensions
220x163x173 (LxWxH)
Scope of Delivery
1x PH-TC12DX Heatsink 
2x PH-F120HP PWM Premium Fans 
8x Fan Clip Adapters
4x Rubber Bar, 
4x Fan wire clips (PH-F120HP Fan’s Accessories) 
SoliSku Mounting Kits for Intel and AMD (Stock back-plate required)
1x Y Fan Splitter (4pin) 
1x PH-NDC Thermal Compound 
2x Phanteks PH-TC12DX User’s Manual

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