Phanteks PH-TC90LS Reviewccokeman -
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Phanteks PH-TC90LS Introduction:
One of the first improvements made to a computer is to replace the stock Intel or AMD cooling solution. Not that there is anything wrong with the stock solution when running at stock speeds, it's just that we are conditioned to think that running cooler is always better for the CPU and system components. For the most part that holds true, over the long term. Phanteks has gained a lot of traction in the enthusiast market over the past year with impressive cooling solutions such as the PH-TC14PE and PH-TC14CS that truly delivered excellent cooling performance. Today I will be looking at something a little smaller with the Phanteks PH-TC90LS, a low profile tower-style cooler packed full of the same aerospace technologies used in its larger siblings.
Phanteks packs all kinds of technology into the design of the PH-TC90LS starting with Patented P.A.T.S (Physical Anti-oxidant Thermal Shield) and C.P.S.C. (Cold Plasma Spraying Coating) that work to minimize the impact of radiant heat and improve thermal transfer through the CPU cooler. Topping off at a price of $29.99, this low profile design comes with a five year warranty to ensure you get long term cooling performance. Rated at 130W and designed for use on Intel socket 2011 and 115X, it's time to dig into the PH-TC90LS and see if it can handle the load.
Phanteks PH-TC90LS Closer Look:
Looking bland initially, the packaging is packed full of information on just about every single panel. The front features an image of the cooler so you know what you are getting from the start with a mention that this fan is PWM controlled to the left of the image. The back side illustrates in words why this cooler, the PH-TC90LS, is a wise choice for the end user in ten different languages as it is truly an international company. The left side of the package lists the specifications of the cooler while the right side lists the feature set that talks about Phanteks' P.A.T.S (Physical Anti-oxidant Thermal Shield) and C.P.S.C. (Cold Plasma Spraying Coating) technologies, the PH-F90 PWM fan, and the PH-NDC Nano Diamond-based thermal paste.
Phanteks takes care to pack the cooler into the box. Open cell foam is used and is split into layers holding each specific part of the package from the top that holds the PH-F90 fan to the backing plate, cooler, and accessory bundle. The instructions are on top of the foam and are strategically placed to give the user that first glance at least, since we are, for the most part, men that do not need instructions on how to put something together until we curse and scream for a few hours. Phanteks say that installation should take about a minute so maybe we can muddle through it.
With all the parts on the table it's easy to see that Phanteks gives you everything you need to install the cooler from the instructions, the back plate, mounting screws, vibration isolators for the fan, fan mounting clips and bushings, and its own Nano Diamond based thermal interface material.
Seeing what this cooler comes with and the technologies involved, the PH-TC90LS looks to be an interesting addition to the family.