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New Leader: Phanteks PH-TC14PE Super-Cooler Review

Started by: cashkennedy | Date 11/29/11 04:18:42 PM
Comments: 23 | Last Comment:  12/11/15 12:00:34 PM

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Very interesting, I would like a version with out the fans for around $50 as well. I agree that its probably not a new company, but just the same factory in taiwan that makes noctuna's items making a new item / with a new name.
0 0 [Posted by: cashkennedy  | Date: 11/29/11 04:18:42 PM]

Nice HSF but I prefer a single fan. The price is too high also.
0 2 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 11/29/11 05:52:58 PM]

From here, the heatsink of the Red version looks suspiciously Pink.
1 0 [Posted by: BernardP  | Date: 11/29/11 06:39:58 PM]
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Your monitor color balance is off. It's very RED here.
0 2 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 11/29/11 06:56:27 PM]
To be more specific, the top plates are red, but the fins are pink. Also visible on my work computer...

Look Here:
0 0 [Posted by: BernardP  | Date: 12/01/11 02:03:09 PM]

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0 3 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 11/29/11 10:54:54 PM]
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Dethrone, not de-thrown...
0 2 [Posted by: Papoulka  | Date: 12/01/11 06:39:43 AM]
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0 3 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 12/01/11 04:46:53 PM]

Whats baffling to me is that after all this time you still don't seem to understand why "uneven" bases are intentional. The convex heatsink base is a simple yet efficient way to maximize the contact between the heatsink itself and the cpu die. At higher voltage when the contact between the IHS and the heatsink base becomes crucial a convex base is what separates a mediocre product from a great one.

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.
0 0 [Posted by: halfwaythere  | Date: 11/30/11 11:03:28 AM]
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Opinions vary on convex base plates. Ideally you want the maximum metal-to-metal contact for thermal conduction. While some HSF manufacturers claim a convex base is flat when clamped in place, that does not seem to always be the case.

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.
0 1 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 11/30/11 11:18:26 AM]

0 0 [Posted by: TeemuMilto  | Date: 11/30/11 09:27:02 PM]

A beast, if you can fit it.
0 0 [Posted by: rrr  | Date: 12/01/11 03:01:54 AM]

I wonder how this compares to the Noctua NH-D14
1 1 [Posted by: sollord  | Date: 12/01/11 06:19:22 AM]
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0 2 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 12/01/11 09:22:38 AM]
I love how I get a thumbs down for asking a reasonable question...
1 0 [Posted by: sollord  | Date: 12/03/11 12:48:37 PM]


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.
0 0 [Posted by: Papoulka  | Date: 12/01/11 06:34:47 AM]

'Thermalright TY-140 fans fit the PH-TC14PE heatsink even better than the original ones, because at the same rotation speeds the “upgraded” Phanteks PH-TC14PE is up to 2°C more efficient than the original configuration.'

So I am going to buy two Thermalright Archon fans and a Phanteks PH-TC14PE cooler and replace the original fans =)
0 0 [Posted by: TeemuMilto  | Date: 12/02/11 05:54:16 AM]
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Wouldn't it make slightly more sense to buy fans separately then?
0 0 [Posted by: rrr  | Date: 12/02/11 11:51:40 AM]

"You should stick shock-absorbing silicone strips to the edge of each heatsink array:"

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?
1 0 [Posted by: ehume  | Date: 12/02/11 05:03:03 PM]

You guys tested the temperature of PH-TC14PE with TY-140, how about the noise of PH-TC14PE with TY-140?
1 0 [Posted by: win150  | Date: 12/04/11 10:41:49 AM]

Did you test it with the included PWM adapter? Do you think PWM would help with the fan noise?
0 0 [Posted by: obsidian009  | Date: 05/13/12 04:50:15 PM]

If you did not receive a PWM adapter, one can be requested and mailed out for free
1 0 [Posted by: obsidian009  | Date: 05/13/12 04:52:02 PM]


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