Phanteks PH-TC12LS CPU Cooler Overview
The PH-TC12LS is not a large cooler at all. Its official dimensions are 4.7×4.7×2.9 inches, which makes it ideal for smaller builds. This is a C-type cooler and if you are not familiar with that type of cooler the photo below explains it perfectly. You see how the heatpipes go up into the horizontal heatsink stack in a “C”, that is a C-type cooler.
We have known Phanteks for offering different colors on their CPU coolers, but the PH-TC12LS only comes in one color, which is black. So the heatsink and fan are black with the fan blades being white and the heatpipes being nickel-plated. This should match up pretty well with most motherboards.
Phantek’s own 120 mm PH-F120MP PWM fan its on top of the cooler. This fan uses UFB (Updraft Floating Balance) bearing, Seven blades and MAFO (Maelstrom Air-Fort Optimization) drive system to achieve massive airflow and perfect dynamic balance. The PH-F120MP fans with the support of the anti-acoustic rubber pad produces low level dB(A) and eliminates vibration. With PWM functions built in, PH-F120MP fans allows you to set speed adjustments for either performance and/or silent operation.
Flipping the cooler over we can get a closer look at the heatsink and its fin design. The heatsink features Phanteks 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. One thing I did notice about the heatsink is that it is not that thick, so we will have to see how performance goes.
Coming from the base of the cooler are six 6mm nickel-plated copper heatpipes. These heatpipes go up in a C-type shape and run through the length of the heatsink.
The base of the cooler is also made of nickel-plated copper and taking a closer look we can see there are no obvious machining marks. This means that the base of the cooler will make good more importantly even contact with your CPU.