Cooler Master TPC-812 CPU Cooler Review

Author: Roger Cantwell
Editor: Howard Ha
Publish Date: Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
Originally Published on Neoseeker (http://www.neoseeker.com)
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Today Neoseeker will be looking at the Cooler Master TPC-812 CPU cooler, designed for overclocking. Cooler Master did an excellent job on the TPC-812 cooler, using two separate methods for heat dissipation: heatpipes along with a vertical vapor chamber technology, as well as a new fin design that provides a higher concentration of airflow over the heatsink.

Improvements have been made to allow for higher air pressure. The TPC-812 also sports an all new mounting system for the fans. Other notable features include a polished copper base capable of transferring heat faster than mixed metals, two vapor chambers, six heatpipes measuring 6mm each, and a 120mm 2400RPM fan capable of a maximum 2400RPM, or 1600RPM when using the silent mode adapter.

Cooler Master's TPC-812 should offer some nice performance when it comes to overclocking Intel's Core i7 2600k, as the TPC-812 has a maximum of 300W TDP.

 

CPU Support:

Intel:

AMD:

Features:

Specifications:

Model
RR-T812-24PK-R1
CPU Socket
Intel Socket:
LGA 2011 / 1366 / 1156 / 1155 / 775 *
 
AMD Socket:
FM1 / AM3+ / AM3 / AM2+ / AM2
Aluminum & Copper Base
Dimension
138 x 103 x 163mm (5.4 x 4.1 x 6.4 in)
Heat Sink Dimensions
134 x 74 x 158 mm (5.3 x 2.9 x 6.2 in)
Heat Sink Material
Copper Base / 2 Vapor Chambers
6 Heatpipes / Aluminum Fins
Heat Sink Weight           
826g (1.83 lb)
Heat Pipes Dimensions
ø6mm
Fan Dimension
120 x 120 x 25mm (4.7 x 4.7 x 1 in)
Fan Speed
600 – 2,400 RPM (PWM) ± 10%
(1,600 RPM with Silent Mode Adapter)
Fan Airflow
19.17 - 86.15 CFM ± 10%
(59.54 CFM @ 1600RPM)
Fan Air Pressure
0.31 – 4.16 mm H2O ± 10%
(1.99mm H2O @ 1600RPM)
Fan Life Expectancy
40,000 hours
Fan Noise Level (dB-A)
19 - 40 dB(A) dB(A) Reference
Bearing Type
Long Life Sleeve Bearing
Connector
4-Pin
Fan Rated Voltage
12 VDC
Fan Rated Current
0.2A
Power consumption
2.4W
Maximum TDP
300W
Fan Weight
152g (0.34 lb)
Notice
* Supplied accessories may differ by country or area. Please check with your local distributor for further details.
Warranty
2 years
UPC Code
884102015229

The Cooler Master TPC-812 features some interesting new technology like synergy cooling, essentially a combination of the vapor chamber and six heatpipes for enhanced cooling. The redesign cooler fins meanwhile slightly overlap one another, providing a concentrated flow of cool air to the heatsink.

Cooler Master's TPC-812 is packed in a black box which gives you a few details about the cooler on the outside. On the front is a nice photo of the cooler itself, along with Cooler Master's logo and the tagline, "CPU Cooler: True performance cooling vertical vapor chamber ready for overclocking." A listing of compatible sockets for both Intel and AMD is also included on the front.

On the right side of the box you will find another photo of the cooler and another listing of the compatible sockets. The back has a full listing of the cooler's features translated into multiple languages except English, which you will instead find on its own on the left side. The top panel simply has the name of the cooler while the bottom lists more feature information as well as the TPC-812's specifications in multiple languages.

Now that we had a chance to look over the outside of the package, lets take a look at the cooler itself. Packed in a soft foam tray, the TPC-812 is well protected from damage during shipping. The accessories package contains everything needed to mount the cooler onto all of the latest sockets.

With the cooler out of the box and one side of the foam tray removed, we get our first look at the TPC-812 cooler. Built for overclocking with a rated 300W TDP, the TPC-812 is quite capable of handling Intel's maximum TDP on the Core i7 2600k and and i7 3960x CPUs, leaving headroom for some serious overclocking.

Turning the cooler around provides a look at the new fin design, and how the cooling fins overlap one another. The fans attach to the mounting clips with four fan screws. Once the retention clips are mounted on, the fans simply clip onto the cooler.

The tips of the heatpipes that extend through the top have a clean soldered finish. Offset heatpipes allow for increased airflow while the base has been polished to an even finish. Here we also see the 120mm fan and mounting brackets ready to be installed on the cooler.

Now a rear view of the fan and brackets.

Its time to install the TPC-812 CPU cooler into our test setup. Installation of any CPU cooler should be easy and hassle-free, but as we all know that is not always the case. Installing the TPC-812 requires the use of standoffs and locknuts that attach to the backplate. I would prefer standoffs that simply screw into the backplate, as it makes installation a little smoother.

Cooler Master's mounting system for the TPC-812 was well thought out. The supplied retention clip for the cooler itself is an X-clamp style. With the clamp closed, slide it under the fins and then open it to whatever socket configuration you are using, since the clamp works with both Intel and AMD sockets.  

As stated before, the installation of any CPU cooler ideally should be hassle-free. However in this case we had an issue with the fan and memory module clearance (see photos five and six below). The TPC-812 cooler thus requires low profile memory if you want to use them in the first two memory slots on your motherboard

With the spacers and backplate in place, it is time to install the cooler.

With the X-style retention clamp, installation of the cooler itself was a breeze.

Again, our first issue was that the fan blocks the first two memory slots, but this is not the first time we have seen this arise for a cooler. Low profile memory is recommended if you intend to use them into the first two DIMM slots of your motherboard with this cooler in your setup.

As it turns out, I was fortunate enough to have some on hand. The Corsair XMS3, with the low profile heat spreader, worked perfectly. Here we can see the TPC-812 cooler and motherboard installed in our test rig.

The Cooler Master TPC-812 will be put through its paces by running our test system for 30 minutes using Prime95's small FFT for the CPU. The last stage will be a 30 minute cool-down period for the idle temperatures. The highest load temperatures are recorded using HW Monitor. All fans will be running at 100% rotation speed throughout testing.

Test Setup:

Comparison Coolers:

Results:

Based on the results, Cooler Master's TPC-812 tore into the competition with a vengeance.

Cooler Master has consistently delivered high quality cooling products and the TPC-812 is just one more notch in their belt. The TPC-812's performance under load testing was just three Celsius warmer than the more expensive $190 water cooling setup. Priced around $70 dollars retail, the TPC-812 offers the best price-to-performance ratio yet.

When you start to consider the TPC-812's features, the value really begins to add up. It sports six heatpipes each measuring 6mm in diameter and is the first cooler ever to use dual vertical vapor chambers. It also includes a solid copper base along with a new fin design ensuring that the heatsink receives a higher concentration of cooler air.

If that is not enough and you really want to ramp up the performance, go with a push/pull fan setup then sit back and watch the cooler's performance. You can't go wrong!

The cooler's retention clamp is excellent, as the one-piece-fits-all backplate made installation is a breeze. Installing the cooler is even easier on the socket 2011 with four standoffs; simply screw them into the existing mounting holes for the 2011 socket, slide the retention clamp into place and tighten, end of story.

While the Cooler Master TPC-812 has no cons to speak of, it would have been nice if the cooler included an additional fan for a push/pull configuration. Given the fact that the supplied fan has a maximum rotational speed of 2400rpm and can move up to 86cfm of air, it's already pretty strong on its own.

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