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The Netherlands-based Phanteks has recently rolled out its second CPU cooler under the name of PH-TC14CS. Considering that their debuting product PH-TC14P? proved to be a huge success and took a leading position among modern CPU coolers, we may have high hopes about the company’s second.

But, frankly speaking, we got some apprehensions about the new cooler when we saw it for the first time. Its down-draft design with the heatsink in parallel to the mainboard and the air flow directed towards the latter has only one advantage over tower-design coolers: the mainboard components around the CPU socket are cooled better. But it doesn't necessarily mean that the CPU itself is cooled better. With their heatsinks being smaller and not well-suited to the configuration of air flows inside popular tower system cases, down-draft coolers are generally inferior in performance. Let's see if the Phanteks PH-TC14CS can make an exception to this rule.

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