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Phanteks PH-TC14CS Review

airman    -   June 7, 2012
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Conclusion:

Well folks, Phanteks has done it again with its lower-profile PH-TC14CS heatsink. Coming in at about $20 cheaper than the larger, dual tower PH-TC14PE, it provides similar performance numbers and requires a notably smaller height requirement. During testing, I never heard a peep out of the two 140mm fans and the heatsink made no complaints cooling the CPU even while overclocked to 4.4ghz and loaded on all eight threads. The installation can be a little tight depending on your motherboard layout, but still doable in-case as long as you can access the rear of the motherboard to get the backplate in place and your hands aren't monstrous in size.

Phanteks stole the performance throne with its PH-TC14PE at the company's debut and has now added another great option for those looking for high performance with low noise where height clearance may be a restricting factor. It still takes up a large footprint and may restrict access to certain components while installed (RAM, headers, etc), but if a shorter profile is the goal then this is the compromise that must be made if performance should not be sacrificed.

Overall, I really like what Phanteks has done here with the PH-TC14CS. Even though installation can be a little tight, but for a shorter cooler that still performs as good as some dual-tower coolers, it's certainly worth the compromise. At close to $80 it's not going to be for a penny-pincher; but for what it's worth and for how well it performs, it's still a solid choice and a great performer. With that said, I can't wait to see what Phanteks offers next!

 

Pros:

  • Low height requirement compared to other coolers in its class
  • Two included 140mm fans are almost dead-silent
  • Excellent build quality
  • Available in silver, blue, orange, red, and black

 

Cons:

  • Low-profile design may interfere with motherboard components (RAM, headers, VRM heatsinks, etc)
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  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
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