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Phanteks PH-TC90LS Review

ccokeman    -   January 21, 2013
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Phanteks PH-TC90LS Testing:

Testing of Phanteks PH-TC90LS low profile CPU cooler will be accomplished installing the cooler into the test system mounted into a case not a test bench. Most systems are built and mounted into a sealed (relatively) chassis so this method will be used to generate the load and idle results to give a real world view as to what kind of cooling performance one can expect based on the test system listed below. Of course your results may vary due to case design and ambient air temperature by several degrees. The CPU load is generated by Prime 95 version 27.7 for a period of 2 hours with a cool down period of one hour after the computer has returned to an idle state. Real Temp 3.70 is used to log the temperatures over the time frame with the highest and lowest averages across the four cores of the Core i7 2600K test CPU. Ambient temperatures are kept at 24C throughout the testing to minimize the impact of a variable temperature. Each cooler is tested with the manufacturer supplied thermal compound as delivered. Many of us have our own TIM favorites but for the end user without a half dozen tubes of thermal paste laying around the supplied TIM will have to do and is how these coolers will be tested.

Testing Setup:

 

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The stock testing shows that Phanteks PH-TC90LS low profile CPU cooler delivers a 6 °C improvement over the Intel box cooler that comes with the Core i7 2600K processor. By using its patented P.A.T.S and C.S.P.C. technologies the cooler solidly outperforms the box solution under load. When overclocked neither the box solution from Intel nor the PH-TC90LS were able to keep the thermals below 100 °C; at that point they register a test failure. Overclocking at a lower threshold is possible and should be limited to roughly the clock speeds delivered with Intel's Turbo Boost technology without any voltage tweaking.




  1. Phanteks PH-TC90LS Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Phanteks PH-TC90LS Closer Look: Continued
  3. Phanteks PH-TC90LS Specifications & Features
  4. Phanteks PH-TC90LS Testing: Setup & Results
  5. Phanteks PH-TC90LS Conclusion:
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