So all it really takes these days to earn a 'good enough for the 12900K' summary is, apparently, hang a 'up to 140 W TDP' banner on the box...?
TDP ratings for coolers need to be taken with a pail of salt. I’ve tested a few of these low profile coolers and never found them to be truthful, or live up to what they advertised. This one looks exactly like an ID-Cooling cooler, just with a different fan slapped on it.
If it can maintain the 12900K at base clock speeds with realistic workloads, i.e., not running Prime95, then yes.So all it really takes these days to earn a 'good enough for the 12900K' summary is, apparently, hang a 'up to 140 W TDP' banner on the box...?
Technically, yes. It's still doing the base speed which is what the manufacturer guarantees as long as the cooling is sufficient, which for the sake of argument, is sufficient because 99C is still less than 100C.So now merely maintaining minimal 'base clock speeds' of 3.2 GHz with with 99C temps is sufficient to earn '12900K-approved'? (Hey, it's not throttling if it maintains base clock, right?)
That's a good one.
Don't implicate the author. This was just a product launch news article. They're just passing along the manufacturer marketing info.The author can , of course, redeem himself by doing an actual test...but, it's likely this will not happen, as apparently, all we need to make CPU cooler recommendations are the manufacturer's TDP claims these days.