Phanteks is a young company, with a large group of engineers having over 20 years of experience in thermal solutions. It was founded in 2007 with a vision of developing cooling systems incorporating high quality, innovation and great features.
The young company strives to manufacture quality products, always being targeted by thousands of reviewers around the world. Its main design base is in the Netherlands.
This time we have the opportunity to analyze the Phanteks CPU cooler TC14PE. Before starting, it is one of the three best air coolers currently on the market. It combines a strong and sporty design with promising characteristics.
When released, a great hubbub broke out about its performance, some reviewers ranked it second among air coolers, others third place. Strong rivals with the Noctua NH-D14 air sinks, both sinks have similar and are often compared with Phanteks offering.
The PH-TC14PE was launched to meet the needs of every overclock enthusiast and user of high intensity applications. Last week we analyzed the TC12DX, its younger brother, and were pleasantly surprised.
The packaging was, customarily, very elegant, combining black, white and gray to highlight the central image of the product. The cardboard used for the box is pretty hard, and protects the product well during transport, this is something that has been previously asked about.
Colors include metallic red, metallic orange, metallic blue, metallic gray and metallic black.
On one side we have the core technologies of the product, which we’ll discuss in the review.
We continue with the same design as presented in the front, accompanied by a series of photos.
The other side shows all the features.
In the back of the packaging makes us a description of the article, this time in multiple languages.
Phanteks includes everything needed to start operating: a tube of thermal paste special, six clips for anchoring and current adapters for fans. Note that the black color adapter allows you to run the fans at 900 RPM, the anchors are compatible with both Intel and AMD processors with the appropriate screws, and provide anti-vibration.
Everything is neatly packaged into three different bags: accessories, Intel, AMD. It is compatible with the majority of existing sockets, including Intel and AMD LGA 2011/1150/1155/1156/1366/775 FM2/FM1/AM3 + / AM3/AM2 + / AM2
Here are the attached product specifications:
|Fan size||140 x 140 x 25mm|
140 x 140 x 25mm (3 units)
|Model Fan||PH-F140 premium PWM Fan Adapter|
|Speed (RPM)||1300 ± 10%|
|Compatibility||Intel Socket LGA 2011/1155/1156/1366/775 AMD FM1/FM2/AM3 + / AM3/AM2 + / AM2|
|Color||Blue, White, Red, Orange, Black|
Copper (base and heat pipes heat), Nickel
|Maximum Air Pressure||1.37mm H2O|
|Acoustic Noise||19.6 dB (A)|
|Weight without heat sink fan||970G|
134 x 140 x 160mm (no fans)
We have two PH-F140 Premium model fans with PWM adapters. The color is like the color of the sink – black sink and black fans.
Both fans have a size of 140 mm; however, the cooler also supports 120mm fans, and can accommodate up to three fans in total.
The fans are running at a speed of 1200 RPM, emitting a noise level of about 19 dBA at maximum rates. By having UFB technology (Updcraft Floating Balance), we achieve a balanced airflow.
Something very remarkable we found is the protection of the cables with the mesh, thus avoiding the fans damaging cables. Mind you these were similar to the previously reviewed model: the wires can become annoying when after being ordered inside the computer, they return to their original form, greatly complicating the work of having orderly internals.
The fans are supplied with a three-pin connection, this is unusual as four pin connectors usually perform much more effectively, but in the case of one of their first CPU coolers we withhold judgment, as we have seen that current version sinks have corrected the fault.
It’s finally time to see the monster, with a size of 134 x 140 x 160 mm and weight of 970 g without fans; with fans things change to 159 x 140 x 171 mm and weighs 1250g.
The heatsink employs a U-shaped twin tower design consisting of a number of aluminum fins traversing five high quality copper heatpipes of 6 mm each. The technology also has CPSC (Cold Plasma Spraying Coating) that allows better heat transfer to form a deposit that transfers heat through the welded surfaces and technology PATS (Physical Antioxidant Thermal Shield) markedly improved dissipation, because it functions as the Thermal radiation diversion to other components such as GPU, chipsets, etc…
The Phanteks brand identity certainly is not to show the end of the heatpipes on top of the sink, being covered by a plate with the name of the company, which gives it a more elegant appearance, this is especially interesting to those with housings that have transparent windows.
In this picture, we see the heatpipes in much more detail.
The sink base is copper plated, not surprising as that is the most often used material. It is the best value and achieves better conductivity between the heatsink and processor.
Note that this heatsink uses the same grip as the TC12DX, small rubber screws that fit without a screwdriver, then the handles are attached and it’s ready to hook into the sink. It’s surprisingly easy, and the bolts are rubber to avoid possible vibrations, which results in a lower noise level.
Installation is very easy and intuitive and all materials used for installation (screws, clips …) are of high quality. Once installed on the board, it is quite secure and will not move.
I imagined a high noise level, but not so. It is reasonable quiet.
The only negative I have observed is with the paint. As on the TC12DX, it chips quite easily, albeit only on the base or sides.
After analyzing all aspects of the TC14PE, I proceeded to make the relevant technical tests. Please note that the thermal paste used is the one that Phanteks includes, and Photo motherboard is a different motherboard used for testing techniques.
- Intel Core i7 950 3.06Ghz
- Corsair Vengeance 3x4GB – 12GB DDR3 1600Mhz
- ASUS Sabertooth x58
- Nanoxia Deep Silence I
All values are in degrees Celsius:
As we have seen, the test results are incredibly striking, competing with sinks at much higher price points, making it one of the best air CPU coolers available.
This product is aimed at modders, overclockers and computer enthusiasts who want to do more with their PC. After all the analysis and technical tests, Dr. Caos is proud to give the Phanteks TC14PE sink a GOLD quality seal.