The base of the cooler aka cold plate of the Cooler Master TPC 812 is made of nickel plated copper and provides a decent smooth finish. All heatpipes meet at the base along with the vapor chambers.
This is a nice finish. Although not perfect it is still good work. The cold plate is a 2-piece design with a base and a top. The heatpipes and the vapor chambers are sandwiched between the base and the top. In this exploded view you can see how the configuration is put together.
There is no extra heatsink on top of the cold plate design.
The heatsink has an interesting and unusual pattern cut form. It basically separates the cooler in two half's. It is not a complete separation at all but it optimizes the two areas that are densely packed with heatpipes and the vapor chambers.
Both sides of the fins have symmetric grooves cut in them. This makes for a very symmetric and clean look. The heatsink features 44 aluminum fins which are generously spaced. The fins surfaces are polished to a smooth finish. The sides of the cooler are open and have straight cut with a small nudge to hold the fan clips in the front and back.
There are 6 nickel plated copper heatpipes with a diameter of 6mm. Each heatpipe is a single piece. The heatpipes extend from the heatsink of one side of the cooler to the other side of the cooler. The enter the cold plate on one side via two 45 degree angle bents and after exciting make a sharp 90 bent and return into the cooler. This basically makes each heatpipe do double duty. Other manufacturers would this technique use to basically double the heatpipe count which would make it 12 in this case. We are glad to see that Cooler Master is very open about there product here and is in no way misleading.
We are showing the exploded view again which clearly shows the heatpipe and vapor chamber configuration.
The heatpipes enter the heatsink in two offset rows which helps reduced drag from heatpipe to heatpipe and adds to the cooler efficiency.
The Vapor chambers are the flat pieces separate from the heatpipes. The Vapor chamber are also nickel plated copper but with a hollow core. They enter the heatsink more towards the middle and are also away from the drag of the heatpipes.
One more image to show that Cooler Master even a small nudge in front of the heatpipes and the vapor chabers in order to assist even more with optimized airflow.
The fan used for the Cooler Master TPC 812 seems to come from Cooler Master's BladeMaster line of fans; however, we were not able to find a exact match of this fan. Therefore at this point it is unclear if replacement fans are easily available or available at all. It is however possible to use just about any standard 120mmx25mm fan on the market as the fan clips are detachable and of universal specification. The fan features the standard 7-blades, but as with the other BladeMaster fans from Cooler Master, the blades are slightly extended at the tips which gives them somewhat of a wave form and helps them shuffle air in. The fan frame holes are standard size and the fan features power management (PWM).
The fan employs Long Live Sleeve bearing and is good for 86 CFM at a speed of 2400 RPM while consuming 2.4w. The fan support variable speed and have a minimum spin up voltage of 6v.
The dimension and weight of the Cooler Master TPC 812 are expectable and acceptable. The size and the fact that 6 full fledged heatpipes plus 2 vapor chambers are on board actually make this very bearable. Since Cooler Master opted not to outfit the TPC 812 with 2 fans by default helps keep the overall weight at 826g. The net weight of the TPC 812 comes somewhat close to Noctua's NH-D14. To further cut away on the weight the fins have been spaced generously to a full count of 44 fins. This still leaves a ~450g gap between the TPC 812 and Intel's stock cooler. Although this brings the cooler pretty close to the 1Kg mark it should not be a problem for most motherboard, mounting and case configurations these days. The mounting kit of the TPC 812 is well thought out and it will keep the cooler in place and save at all times.