Cooler Master TPC 812 CPU Cooler Review

Every once in awhile new tech, a new process, or a new material comes along and totally changes the way things are done.  The innovation is so advanced that the rest of the industry must adapt or die.  Recently Cooler Master, the well established cooling product company, released the TPC 812 air cooler with it’s latest innovation “vertical vapor chambers”.  Is this new cooling technique the future of heat removal technology?  Or is this just some new gimmick to convince potential customers to buy?  Follow along as we find out!

Special thanks to Cooler Master for providing us with the TPC 812 CPU Cooler to review.


  • The TPC 812 uses 2 separate cooling technologies to transfer heat – heat pipes and vertical vapor chambers.

  • Ready for overclocking, benchmarking and silent cooling.

  • The first-ever CPU heatsink to use vertical vapor chamber technology.

  • 100% pure polished copper base combined with improved soldering technologies for the best thermal transfer.

  • Special fin design heatsink receives concentrated cold airflow.

  • Improved air pressure design and fan mounting system.

If there is one thing to be sure of Cooler Master knows how to make a box.  Mating a deep purple with chrome and black, they have certainly created something that looks very nice, and suggests that the product inside is going to be very nice as well.

Cooler Master TPC 812 CPU Cooler

On the front of the box we are presented with a picture of the cooler front and center.  Below and left is the name of the product and a compatibility list.  Beside that on the right is a brief description of what Cooler Master would like you to think of the cooler.  All the lettering is done in chrome and is very flashy.

Cooler Master TPC 812 CPU Cooler

One side is basically a reiteration of the front while the other, and likely most important, contains the technical specifications:

  • Model: RR-T812-24PK-R1
  • CPU Socket:
    • Intel Socket: LGA 2011 / 1366 / 1156 / 1155 / 775
    • AMD Socket: FM1 / AM3+ / AM3 / AM2+ / AM2
  • CPU Support
    • Intel: Core i7 Extreme / Core i7 / Core i5 / Core i3 / Core2 Extreme / Core2 Quad / Core2 Duo / Pentium / Celeron
    • AMD: FX-Series / A-Series / Phenom II X4 / Phenom II X3 / Phenom II X2 / Phenom X4 / Phenom X3 / Athlon II X4 / Athlon II X3 / Athlon II X2 / Athlon X2 / Athlon / Sempron
  • 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)
    • Speed: 600 – 2,400 RPM (PWM) ± 10% (1,600 RPM with Silent Mode Adapter)
    • Airflow: 19.17 – 86.15 CFM ± 10% (59.54 CFM @ 1600RPM)
    • Air Pressure: 0.31 – 4.16 mm H2O ± 10% (1.99mm H2O @ 1600RPM)
    • Life Expectancy: 40,000 hrs
    • Noise Level (dB-A): 19 – 40 dBA
    • Bearing Type: Long Life Sleeve Bearing
    • Connector: 4-Pin
    • Rated Voltage: 12 VDC
    • Rated Current: 0.2A
    • Power consumption: 2.4W
    • 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

Finally the back of the box has a listing of the features as listed above, but repeated in 8 languages.  Also there is a small diagram on the bottom corner with the cooler’s dimensions.

Upon opening the box you will find only two things.  One being a white box which contains all parts and accessories.  The other is a nice foam enclosure containing the TPC 812 itself with the fan already installed.

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