Phanteks PH-TC14CS CPU Cooler

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Phanteks TC14CSIf you haven’t heard of Phanteks by now you may not want to call yourself a gamer, enthusiast or overclocker. Phanteks has put out one of the best coolers to surface as of late. The dual tower TC14PE is one cooler to be reckoning with. Regardless of the success of the TC14PE Phanteks can’t just hang their hat on one cooler. There are people who don’t need the extreme when it comes to an air cooler but something that perform better than stock and don’t cost an arm and a leg. That is where the PH-TC14CS comes in.

Introduction to the Phanteks TC14CS CPU Cooler

If you haven’t heard of Phanteks by now you may not want to call yourself a gamer, enthusiast or overclocker. Phanteks has put out one of the best coolers to surface as of late. The dual tower TC14PE is one cooler to be reckoning with. Regardless of the success of the TC14PE Phanteks can’t just hang their hat on one cooler. There are people who don’t need the extreme when it comes to an air cooler but something that perform better than stock and don’t cost an arm and a leg. That is where the PH-TC14CS comes in.

Phanteks take on the TC14CS

Phanteks PH-TC14CS, the C type single tower thermal radiator design uses the latest aerospace technology. By using P.A.T.S to increase cooling performance and C.P.S.C Technology to enhance thermal conductivity, heat will easily dissipate, creating an opportunity for greater overclocking. Combined with Dual Phanteks PH-F140 Premium 140mm Fans with PWM adapter, easy-to-install SoliSku mounting kit and PH-NDC thermal compound, Phanteks PH-TC14CS is setting the new standard of today’s CPU cooling.


Specifications

Brand

PHANTEKS


Model

PH-TC14CS


Type

Heatsinks & Fans


Compatibility

Intel Socket LGA 2011, 1155,1156, LGA 1366, LGA775 and AMD FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2 ( stock backplate required )


Color

Blue


Material

- Copper ( Base and ψ8mm x 5 Heat-pipes), Nickel Plated.
- Alum. ( Cooling Fins / Top Cover) with Patented P.A.T.S (Physical Anti-Oxidant Thermal Shield) to increase cooling performance.
- Patented C.P.S.C Technology ( Cold Plasma Spraying Coating Technology ) to enhance thermal conductivity.


Fan Model

PH-F140 Premium Fan with PWM Adapter.


Fan Size

140x140x25 , Dual Fans includes.


Fan Compatibility

140x140x25mm x 2 pcs, (120 x 120 x25mm x 2 pcs )


Bearing Type

UFB bearing ( Updraft Floating Balance bearing )


Blade Geometry

9 Blue colored Blades with MVB ( Maelström Vortex Booster) Design


RPM

1300 RPM ± 10%


Max Air Flow

88.6 CFM


Max Air Pressure

1.37 mm H2O


Acoustical Noise

19.6 dBA


RPM with PWM adaptor

700 RPM - 1200 RPM ± 10%


Max Air Flow with PWM adaptor

45.1CFM - 78.1 CFM


Max Air Pressure with PWM adaptor

0.45 mm H2O – 1.21 mm H2O


Acoustical Noise with PWM adaptor

13.4 - 19 dBA


Input Power

2.8W


Current (Ampere)

0.24A


Rate Voltage

12V


MTBF

> 150,000 hr.


Heatsink Dimension (LxWxH) without fan

143.8x140x112 mm


Heatsink Dimension (LxWxH) with Single Fans

160x151x112mm


Heatsink Dimension (LxWxH) with Dual Fans

160x151x140.5 mm


Heatsink Weight without fan

600g


Heatsink Weight with fan

750/900g (single/Dual) Fan


Package Dimension

 

Scope of Delivery

- 1x PH-TC14CS Heatsink
- 2x PH-F140 Premium fan, (Maelström Air Fort Optimization drive)
- PH-F140 Fan accessory
- 4 x rubber bar, 8x fan clip adaptor, 4x fan wire clip
- SoliSku mounting kits for Intel LGA 2011, 1155/1156/1366/775 and AMD FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2 ( stock backplate required ).
- 1x PWM external adaptor (Pulse Width Modulation, P.W.M. )
- 1x Y Fan Splitter
- 1x PH-NDC Thermal Compound
- 1x Hex Wrench
- Phanteks PH-TC14CS User’s manual.


Warranty

5 Years.


Closer look

The TC14CS is another example of how Phanteks is listening to the people who are looking to buy. Also it shows how Phanteks is paying attention to the way the market is going. The current trend is people are starting to coordinate many of the components in their PC. It begun with the case and explosive from there. Phanteks gave the consumer five different color variations with the TC14PE. And now with this new cooler there are also five choices: white, red, orange, black and blue which we will be review here today.

As usual we will spills the beans on the basics of the cooler before we go any further. The weight of the TC14CS is a little on the heavy side weighing 1.6 lbs. with just one fan and 1.9 lbs. with the both fans installed. Where the new cooler has an advantage over the bigger brother is the total height of the cooler which is 5.5” with both fans incorporated into the build.

We haven’t mentioned which so I think this is a good time to do it. The TC14CS is a C-style cooler which means the configuration is totally different from the typical tower-style cooler. Instead of the fan being perpendicular to the heat pipes, the fan lays horizontal and at some point the heat pipes are also. This normally forces air down over the top of the cooler and helps to cool the surrounding components as well.

We stated some information of the two technologies that was unique to the TC14PE in its article but the same applies to this new cooler so the information has been quoted:

“We stated earlier in the article that Phanteks uses two technologies to help improve the cooling capacity of the cooler. The first is called P.A.T.S or Physical Antioxidant Thermal Shield. This is a coating that allows the cooler to reflect any heat products by any surrounding component like a video card.

The other tech Phanteks used is called C.P.S.C or Cold Plasma Spraying Coating. This is a special coating that is applied to a metal to allow it to adsorb heat at a faster rate. We have no way of testing to see if these new processes really work so we will take Phanteks word for it.”

The fins of the cooler as made of aluminium which is quite typical for any cooler and there is a total of 44 of them. Looking at the top of the cooler we can see they are interlocked at all four corners of the cooler and down the middle on each side.  The fins have a center channel going down the middle of the sides this is for the securing of the fans with wire clamps.

And like the TC14PE the last fin of the array is capped with a logo encrusted display featuring the Phanteks name. This same top plate also hides the end of the heat pipes for a cleaner look.

The cooler consist of five heat pipes that measure 8mm in diameter. The pipes are packed pretty tight at the base of the cooler but spreads out gradually as it reaches the fin array.

At the base of the cooler we see part of the SoliSku in the form of the mounting bracket is already installed. This does save a little bit of time during the installation process.

The actual base of the cooler doesn’t have the shiniest of finishes but it is well machined and rather flat. Like the heat pipes it is layered in Nickel but made of copper.

As far as the fans are concerned, the cooler comes with two PH-F140TS 140mm blowers. The fans have a max spin of 1300 RPM but when used with the PWM plugs the spins is reduced to 700 to 1200 RPM. In non-PWM mode the dBA level is at 19.6 and moves 88.6 CFM of air. Using the adapters the dBA has a range of 13.4 to 19 moving between 45.1 and 78.1 CFM of air. No matter the configuration the fans are really quiet.

The cooler comes with all the accessories to mount the cooler to all AMD sockets dating back to AM2 and all Intel’s dating back to 775.


Mounting Images


Testing Methodology
For our testing we will be using the following procedures and parameters to acquire the necessary data:

  1. Thermal compound used is Arctic Silver 5
  2. Idle temperatures are recorded after the system has been allowed to idle for thirty minutes from the point Windows has finished loading.
  3. Load temperatures are recorded by running OCCT for twenty minutes on all available threads.
  4. Real Temp is used for the recording of all temperature sensor reading.
  5. PWM function is disabled via BIOS to allow the fans to run at full speed.
  6. CPU model and overclock speed used for testing are outlined below in "Test Hardware".
  7. Each cooler is first tested with one fan supplied from the manufacturer.
  8. Each cooler is then tested again with a second fan attached if provided by the manufacturer.

Test Hardware:

Motherboard: ASUS X79 Deluxe
Processor: Intel Core i7 3930K @ 4.6GHz w/ 1.4 voltages
Ram: Crucial 2133 16GB Dual Channel (9-9-9-24)
Video Card: ASUS Radeon HD 5870
HDD: Hitachi 1TB
Power: Thermaltake Tough Power XT 850 (Sponsored by Thermaltake)
Case: Open air
Cooling: Phanteks TC14CS

Results

 


Conclusion

Sometimes we go into a review of a product not thinking about who that item is really intended for. Much of my thinking was that since Phanteks had produced one of the best coolers we have ever tested, the TC14CS would be close in performance. Well the case here is the new PH-TC14CS is meant for those looking to achieve better than good performance in an environment where silence is a must. And this achieves that and does it very well. The TC14CS does outperform some of the coolers we have tested since moving to the X79 platform for testing purposes. One of those cooler is a dual fan, dual tower cooler that is well regarded as a pretty good cooler.

Every once in a while there comes a company that we are really excited about because they give us some different in just in performance buy in a visual aspect. I give Phanteks a lot of plots for allowing the consumer the choice of colors for their cooler that best fits them. No longer are just limited to the typical silver, limited black and very rare copper colored coolers. Now we have white, blue, orange and red to add to the mix. Very nice.

Another positive thought on this is cooler is the design allows the cooling of not just the processor but everything else that surrounds it. With the increase in voltages to overclock the CPU does result in additional heat on the VRM of the motherboard which are usually cooled by passive means. That changes with a cooler like the TC14CS as the fans blows down through the fins and right towards the motherboard.

The installation of the cooler is pretty straightforward but we did read the instructions a little to make sure we were doing things correctly. Our only complaint was that screwing the Allen screws of the plates already mounted to the cooler to that of the plates fixed to the motherboard was not fun at all. Even with the extra-long Allen wrench it seemed to take some time to finish this step as the screws are completely underneath the fins of the cooler.

If you are working with a case with little height clearance or a system being fitted for a living space like the family room you can't go work with this cooler.

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