This year 2012 is Cooler Master's 20th Anniversary and to celebrate the occasion released the TPC 812 among other products. The TPC 812 fairs well on our test bench and was fun to review. We are very happy that even after 20 years in business the company is not stagnate or settled in it's ways and continues to improve it's products constantly. There are several improvements in the TPC 812 over the recently released and reviewed H612(PWM). One of the more significant we would like to mention is the mounting kit. The mounting kit is not something usually someone would be concerned with or consider a make-it-or-break-it deal breaker but in the case of the TPC 812 it is still worth mentioning that the kit has been improved. The kit is now almost completely interchangeable between socket with only very few extra parts. Once the backplate is installed the installation is just about done. Cooler Master also made a very ambitious attempt by implementing the new vapor chamber design which should aside from the heatpipes improve cooling efficiency.
It is difficult to tell which one impacted the performance of the TPC 812 the most, the vapor chambers or the heatpipes. Of course there are many other factors that come into play in regards to a heatsinks cooling performance but these two have significant impact and in the case of the TPC 812 are both applicable. As we have seen in the test results the heatsink has a lot of potential and prefers airflow. There is a lot more that could be pulled out of this cooler. If we could have had it our way, we would have made the TPC 812 a TPC 814. If this cooler would get a little bit more in size and one or even better two 140mm fans it could be a very serious contender for a cooling crown. The thirst for airflow can not be denied; however, the impact of the vapor chambers on cooling performance is not certain. We believe that the design and use of the 6 heatpipes has substantial impact on the cooling performance.
Seeing that Cooler Master continues to improve its products and is willing to try no techniques we are confident that there are many more great products come our way over the next 20 years. We can recommend this cooler as a viable solution for performance cooling and enthusiasts.
The Cooler Master TPC 812 is available at retailers now and has a current MSRP of $69.99 USD. The Newegg price is the same as of 08/18/2012 but a $15.- Dollar MIR is currently available. The performance and quality of this cooler justifies the price and makes this a good deal and a recommended purchase.