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Phanteks PH-TC14PE Review

Phanteks PH-TC14PE Review

Manufacturer: Phanteks
UK price (as reviewed):
£68.57 (inc VAT)
US price (as reviewed): $84.99 (ex Tax)

This is the second time that we've looked at the Phanteks PH-TC14PE, and you'll find more detail in our original review. The main point here, however, is to give this well known flagship cooler a place on our newer cooling charts, but it comes at an appropriate time too as the PH-TC14PE has also received a minor upgrade to its fans.

At almost £70, the PH-TC14PE is very much a premium cooler. Its main competition thus comes from the likes of Noctua's NH-D14 and Thermalright's Silver Arrow SB-E Extreme. Its price is also on par with the mid-range of the closed loop cooler market.

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The price isn't the only thing that can be considered large, as with the two huge fin towers and dual 140mm fans, this 1.25kg cooler is something of a beast, and support for a third fan means it has the potential to be even bigger still. The copper baseplate and five 6mm copper heat pipes are nickel plated, while the colour of the two aluminium fin structures (and the fan blades) depends on which of the five available colours you opt for.

Neither Phanteks nor retailers have given any indication that the cooler is now shipping with new fans, so it's very much a behind the scenes change, which itself suggests that performance won't be affected. Phanteks lists the cooler as having PH-F140 fans on its website, whereas the ones on our original review sample are marked as PH-F140TS.

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The physical differences between the old and new fans are minor, as both are still 140mm models with nine blades and a white braided cable. The shape of the white bracket that holds the motor and blades has been slightly altered, while the mounting holes are now rubber coated and the connection is a 4-pin PWM one rather than a regular 3-pin. Sadly, Phanteks hasn't altered the way in which the fans are installed, and the process of attaching the fan clips is still more convoluted and fiddly than it should be.

A set of case fan screws are supplied so you can also use one or both of the supplied fans to improve chassis airflow. Oddly, the fan splitter cable in our retail package can only be used to connect two 3-pin fans to a single 3 or 4-pin header, making it useless for the pair of 4-pin fans that now ship with the cooler. While this could just be an error, it's certainly a strange oversight, but thankfully our test motherboards both have two CPU fan headers anyway.

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Installation of the PH-TC14PE is the same as it ever was, and is generally a straightforward process provided you have access to a long enough screwdriver to reach between the heatsinks. It's also worth double checking the RAM and side panel clearance in your system to make sure everything will fit.

Specifications

  • Compatibility Intel: LGA2011, LGA115x, LGA 1366, LGA775; AMD: AM3+, AM3, AM2+, AM2, FM2, FM1
  • Weight 1.25kg
  • Size (mm) 140 x 159 x 171 (W x D xH) (with fans)
  • Fan(s) 2 x Phanteks PH-F140 Premium 140mm (PWM), 700~1,300RPM
  • Stated Noise 13.4-19.6 dB(A)