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New Leader: Phanteks PH-TC14PE Super-Cooler Review
Otherwise great job Phanteks, shame about the price. If they decided to sell the heatsink alone for 50-60$ I'd buy one in a heartbeat.
Obviously this can be tested and should be by reviewers because anything less than full contact of the base plate with the CPU heat spreader reduces thermal cooling.
For me the Xigmatek 128264 single fan HSF @ $70 is a better unit though the Phantek is pretty and that will pull many folks in.
The fans are non-PWM?? That's hardly credible. Phantek must be stuck in the 1990's. PWM is the most effective and sensible way to manage and balance cooling vs noise. The metal cooler by itself is obviously a good one, but the package altogether is ridiculous.
An editorial nit: the expression is "per se" (from Latin); not "per say".
Thanks for another excellent cooler review.
So I am going to buy two Thermalright Archon fans and a Phanteks PH-TC14PE cooler and replace the original fans =)
Does this mean you need to buy your own? Or does the heatsink come with its own strips, like the NH-D14?
I agree with Papoulka about the PWM fans. Putting non-PWM fans in a heatsink is positively archaic -- especially since these fans are noisy enough that PWM noise won't be heard (Noctua finally made quiet PWM circuits so they have finally built PWM fans).
The X-mount on the back sure looks like the Noctua mount -- check the x-bit review. And the spacers look like Noctua spacers. Then we have Prolimatech-type cross-bars. The a Thermalright style tensioning screw, with a unique-to-Phanteks restraint system. Looks like a hybrid of the best mounting systems.
Nice of them to provide three sets of clips, but I'm surprised you were able to get another 2c cooling. I'm getting 0-0.6c additional cooling in my NH-D14 testing.
Why no NH-D14 in the comparison chart?
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