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Phanteks PH-TC90LS Conclusion:
When you look at the size of Phanteks' PH-TC90LS, you instantly know that overclocking outside the boundaries of what the processor will deliver using Intel's Turbo Boost technology is going to be about as fruitful as using the stock box cooler. That being said as long as the voltage is not tweaked to reach the 3.8-3.9GHz range all should be good. At 4.3GHz with a slight voltage tweak I exceeded the limits of what this cooler can handle even with the 130W rating; an expectation going into the testing as the Intel box cooler fails at the same point.
Now that we get past the obvious I have to say that Phanteks was able to deliver a cooler that delivers a 9% improvement in CPU cooling over the Intel box cooling solution at stock speeds. Delivering cooling on this level with a 2500RPM fan might lead you to expect a banshee in the chassis. Contrary to traditional thinking, Phanteks' TC90LS UFB fan cannot be heard at all when the chassis is buttoned up. Quite an achievement. By using an an Updraft Floating Balance bearing and Maelstrom Air-Fort Optimization on the nine fan blades you get the best of both worlds: impressive airflow and silence.
The PH-TC90LS comes in white only and is as easy to install as any of Phanteks' many cooling solutions. You will not find any fitment concerns with this design; with a maximum height of 45mm it will fit pretty much anywhere you can fit a motherboard. The fan and cooler have a unique design and incorporate both P.A.T.S. and C.P.S.C technologies to both keep radiant heat from impacting the cooling and to speed up the thermal transfer through the cooler. As seen with other designs Phanteks has moved into a position of favor with the enthusiast crowd in no small thanks to the performance of the PH-TC14PE.
Selling for $29.99, you get a cooler with good looks that can fit anywhere you can stuff your Intel based motherboard, offers better than stock cooling, and comes with a five year warranty. Phanteks impresses at the upper and lower end of the cooling spectrum.
- Low noise
- Low Profile design