Phanteks PH-TC90LS Reviewccokeman - January 21, 2013
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Phanteks PH-TC90LS Closer Look:
Phanteks PH-TC90LS is a small form factor, heat pipe-equipped cooling solution that is designed to work with Intel socket 2011 and 115X-based systems. Measuring 95 x 95 x 45mm, it is built with Intel's 95 x 95mm keep out zone in mind. Using both P.A.T.S (Physical Antioxidant Thermal Shield) to deflect radiant heat generated by the video card away from the the cooler and C.P.S.C (Cold Plasma Spraying Coating) that helps the components of the heat sink transfer the thermal load more efficiently from the contact plate through to the fin array. Available in white only from Phanteks it should blend right in with most system build colors.
The mounting surface is free of defects such as machining marks or gouges. The contact plate sits in the center of the base and is connected to the integrated heat pipes. At each corner of the base are the mounting holes for either socket 2011 or socket 115X.
Phanteks PH-F90 fans use an Updraft Floating Balance bearing. The white, nine blade fans are equipped with Maelstrom Air-Fort Optimization to improve airflow and long term balance of the fan. This fan is 92x92x15 in size and is PWM controlled with a rate between 1000 and 2500RPM pushing at most 28.67 CFM.
To reduce noise Phanteks uses a series of rubber vibration dampeners that run the length of the PH-TC90LS. The fan retaining brackets mount through bushings and twist into the proper orientation.
Installing the PH-TC90LS is as simple as putting the back plate in place, adding thermal paste to the CPU, and screwing the four hold down screws into the back plate. Room to the first DIMM slot is somewhat tight so it's best to locate it properly and tighten the hold down screws in an X pattern to keep the clamping pressure constant across the CPU.
As a heat sink, this small form factor heat sink should be able to handle the thermal load from an Intel Core i7 with its 130 watt rating. Whether it can handle the heat when overclocked is left to be determined.