We measured the noise from our testing participants in the entire supported speed range of their fans following the methodology described above. The results are summed up on the following graph:
Unfortunately, Phanteks PH-TC14PE can’t boast quiet operation even with one PH-F140 fan, not to mention the default two-fan configuration. The difference from the Thermalright TY-140 is pretty serious, so we can’t call the new cooler quiet per say. It remains acoustically comfortable up to 830 RPM with one PH-F140 fan and up to 700 RPM with two such fans, so it could really use PWM control feature.
Phanteks PH-TC14PE is a typical super-cooler with all features typical of a product of this class. It is very large in size, heavy, completely universal and expensive, but at the same time remarkably efficient and moderately noisy. If we do not take into account the last characteristic, PH-TC14PE will be undoubtedly the today’s most efficient processor cooler (with the exception of the LGA 2011 platform, which we haven’t yet tested in our cooling lab).
At the same time, we have to admit that the fans are relatively noisy and lack PWM control. Also, the price of the new Phanteks PH-TC14PE is fairly high, which makes this cooler appealing only to a limited number of wealthy computer enthusiasts. I am confident that a lot of users on a budget would be interested in a fanless Phanteks PH-TC14PE modification (the fans are priced at $24.99 a piece, by the way), which could allow lowering the cooler price substantially and using other more affordable fan models with it.
However, if you consider yourself an uncompromising extreme overclocker favoring air-cooling products and you are not discouraged by not very quiet fans and high price, then Phanteks PH-TC14PE will undoubtedly be the best choice and will ensure your CPU stays cool at all times. Therefore, we are proud to award Phanteks PH-TC14PE our Ultimate Innovation title:
Without a doubt, Phanteks had a really successful start. I sincerely hope that they will continue doing a great job and will soon offer us other interesting cooling products.