With the TPC 612, Cooler Master provides a tall heatsink with four heatpipes and two vertical vapor chambers, the latter of which Cooler Master claims provide three times more fin contact area than standard horizontal chambers. The TPC 612’s four copper heatpipes sprout from the cooler’s polished copper base and snake through a generous stack of aluminum fins. When the heatpipes and vapor chamber experience heat from the CPU and spread it to the cooler’s fins, the integrated 120mm PWM fan (which has a speed range of 600 to 2,000rpm), blasts it away.
The TPC 612 measures 6.4 inches tall, and 4.5 inches of that is its pack of aluminum fins. As such, the TPC 612 offers quite a bit of surface area to dissolve heat. Those with tall memory modules will also like that the fins measure only two inches deep, and the whole unit is only 3.2 inches deep when you connect the 120mm fan. This relatively skinny design helps ensure that the TPC 612’s fins and fan will not cause problems with a motherboard’s VRM heatsinks, either.
Cooler Master offers clip-on fan covers—one pre installed on the integrated fan and another for adding a second fan to create a push-pull configuration—that make it easy to quickly connect the fans to the heatsink. The 120mm PWM fan produces between 24.9 and 82.9cfm of airflow and a noise level between 9 and 36dBA. The nickel plated TPC 612 looks beautiful inside of a case, and the heatpipes are capped with rounded, reflective metal that adds a magnificent look.
The installation process includes adding bolts into the suitable socket slot in an Intel or AMD backplate. Then, you will fasten four standoffs to the bolts sticking through the motherboard. Next, you will select the proper mounting bracket and fasten it to the standoffs with four nuts. You will then install the heatsink by sliding its base over the two standoffs built into the mounting bracket, and finally, you will secure the heatsink to the standoffs with two nuts. Connecting the fan is as simple as snapping it over the aluminum fins. The TPC 612 supports Intel LGA775/1155/1156/1366/2011 and AMD AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+/ FM1/FM2 sockets.
We installed the TPC 612 in a system running Intel’s Core i7-3770K at the stock 3.9GHz Turbo Boost speed, two Zotac GeForce GTX 580s in SLI, and 16GB of Kingston’s HyperX Predator DDR3-1866 memory. After 10 minutes of permitting our processor idle, we saw a highest possible temperature of 34 degrees Celsius. In our POV-Ray 3.7 Beta stress test (render CPU on all cores, looped three times), the TPC 612 held the 3770K’s optimum temperature to 62 C. Next, we ran four instances of Prime95’s Small FFT test for 10 minutes, which raised maximum temps to 65 C.
Heatsink: Copper base, aluminum fins, 4 heatpipes, vertical vapor chamber Fan: 1 120mm (600 to 2,000rpm)
Warranty: Two years
Test system specs
Processor: Intel Core i7-3770K
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD4H
GPU: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 580 (2x, SLI)
RAM: Kingston HyperX Predator DDR3-1833
Storage: 128GB Crucial RealSSD C300
OS: Windows 7 Enterprise (64-bit)