Phanteks PH-TC14PE CPU Cooler

Posted by on Monday, April 16, 2012 - 5:24am

Phanteks TC14PEWe will be taking a look at their first CPU cooler which they entitle the PH-TC14PE. Phanteks looks to dominate the air cooling market as the TC-14PE shows off some new technology as well as some visual goodness. The combination of P.A.T.S and C.P.S.C Technologies is what Phanteks is hoping will rise them up above the rest. But just what are these new technologies? Read on and find out.

Introduction to the Phanteks PH-TC14PE CPU Cooler

Every once in a while a company will come along that we are not too familiar and make a big splash. Usually, the splash is small and just enough to get the company some attention and most of the time that splash dies into a little ripple after a month or so.

We do not think this is the case for the Phanteks. Phanteks according to their website states they have twenty year of cooling experience. Even so, after making contact with us via email, we had yet to hear about them. After a quick chat, some product images and browsing of their website their first consumer product to market looks to be a real winner.

We will be taking a look at their first CPU cooler which they entitle the PH-TC14PE. Phanteks looks to dominate the air cooling market as the TC-14PE shows off some new technology as well as some visual goodness. The combination of P.A.T.S and C.P.S.C Technologies is what Phanteks is hoping will rise them up above the rest. But just what are these new technologies? Read on and find out.

Phanteks’ take on the PH-TC14

Phanteks PH-TC14_PE twin 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, easy-to-install SoliSku mounting kit and PH-NDC thermal compound, Phanteks PH-TC14 with unique colored is setting the new standard of today.

About Phanteks

Phanteks is a company with more than 20 years international experience in providing thermal solutions. From specialists in providing thermal solutions we have now expanded to a company offering multiple product solutions.

With our thorough technical skills and marketing expertise, we fully optimize the products with thermal possibilities and capabilities. We have always been able to achieve the maximum due to our passion in finding and discovering new technical developments. Phanteks design team which has a base in Europe situated in Holland, consists of creative researchers, designers and developers have always been successful in spotting the exact needs of gamers. This results in our quality products.

Our expertise means no job is impossible, and that every customer is given a professional and personal service that is rare in today’s marketplace. We meet our customers expectations with superior products, customer service and industry knowledge.







Heatsinks & Fans


Intel Socket LGA 2011,1155,1156, LGA 1366, LGA775 and AMD AM2/2+/AM3 (stock backplate required)




.Copper ( Base and 5 x ψ8mm 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.

Fan Size

140x140x25 , Dual Fans includes.

Fan Compatibility

140x140x25mm x 3 pcs, (120 x 120 x25mm x 3 pcs). (Third fan clips and accessory included).

Bearing Type

UFB bearing (Updraft Floating Balance bearing)

Blade Geometry

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


1200 RPM ± 10%

RPM with Q.S.A

900 RPM ± 10%

Max Air Flow

78.1 CFM

Max Air Flow with QSA

60.1 CFM

Max Air Pressure


Max Air Pressure with QSA

0.69 mm H2O

Acoustical Noise

19 dBA

Acoustical Noise with Q.S.A

15.2 dBA

Input Power


Current (Ampere)


Rate Voltage



MTBF > 150,000 hr.

Heatsink Dimension (LxWxH) without fan


Heatsink Dimension (LxWxH) with Dual Fans


Heatsink Weight without fan


Heatsink Weight with fan

1100/1250g (single/Dual) Fan

Package Dimension


Scope of Delivery

.1x PH-TC14PE Heatsink
.2x PH-F140 Premium fan, (Maelström Air Fort Optimization drive)
.PH-F140 Fan accessory
.6 x rubber bar, 12x fan clip adaptor, 6x fan wire clip, 16x rubber pad
.1x Quiet- Speed- Adaptor. (Q.S.A.)
.SoliSku mounting kits for Intel LGA 2011/1155/1156/1366/775 and AMD AM2/AM2+/AM3 (stock backplate required).
.1x Y Fan Splitter
.1x PH-NDC Thermal Compound
.Phanteks PH-TC14PE User’s manual.


5 Years.

Closer look

First of all, we would like to give Phanteks props for giving the buyer a choice in colors. The PH-TC14PE comes in five different color variations. There is blue, red, orange and white. We will be taking a look at the white model which is pretty hard to photography against the white background we normally use. But the choice of colors does allow the user to better coordinate his/her better.

The PH-TC14PE is a pretty large cooler when it is fully assembled. And being as large as it is weight is at a level many may become cautious. With both fans planted on the cooler it weighs 2.76 pounds. Phanteks did a nice job of minimizing the stress places on the motherboard with a great mounting system. The height of the cooler is 6.7” and it has a length of6.25”. Yes, this is one big cooler.

 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 PH-TC14PE takes the ever popular dual tower design. A configuration that I am sure many of you are familiar as we saw it with the Cogage Arrow and the Noctua D14. Aesthetically, we have to see the PH-TC14PE is a real looker.

The fin array is what makes this new product the real looker that it is. Each layer of the fins is coated in the color which the user buys. So, if you were to purchase the red one each fin is red. Phanteks has giving the individual something new and enriching with the different color variations. The difference between the two towers is perfect for adding a third fan to the mix.

To support the fin array is a series of five Nickel-plated copper heat pipes which are all 8mm in diameter. This particular cooler is one of the first that does not allow the ends of the heat pipes to extend up the top. Phanteks used a top fin to cover them giving it a cleaner look.

Phanteks did a good job on the base of the cooler. It is not one would call shiny but very smooth with minimal lines.

Another praise that I would have like to give to Phanteks is the fact that they one very good fan and it is included with this cooler. We have seen many companies either included a lower end fan from their line up or a fan that is not even part of their product line. The fan is a 140mm which is color matched to the cooler. Ours were white while there are red, blue, orange and black.

The fan specs are as follows: 1300 RPM, 88.6 CFM @ 20 dBA. But for those that want the PWM function a PWM adapter is included with the accessory kit. And with the adapter the fan specs are 700 – 1200 RPM, 45 – 78 CFM @ 13 – 19 dBA.

The cooler comes with many accessories making it a guarantee that it will fit a top any current CPU socket.

Installation images

Stress Testing

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 PH-TC14PE



With the introduction of the PH-TC14PE, Phanteks has positioned itself in a place that is hard to move upwards from. Why do we say this? Well, when your first product to market is one of the best in a particular category it is difficult to top its success.

Visually speaking, the cooler is definitely not an eye-sore. To be frank it is one of the nice looking coolers that I have come upon. The lines are clean, everything is pretty much uniform and we love the fact you don’t see the ends of the heat pipes sticking out the top of the cooler. And if that isn’t enough the cooler comes in several different colors allows us to better coordinate our systems. Even the wires of the fans are sleeved for a more attractive look.

Yes, looks are one thing and performance is another. But in the case of this particular it has it both. By default the cooler comes with two fans and will support three total. With just the two the cooler is top notch in performance adding a third just throws it over the top. Is it enough to dethrone the king which is the Noctua D14. We were not able to find that out as we do not have the socket 2011 mounting for the Noctua. But we will update you with the results.

For the most part the assembly of the cooler was not bad, especially on the Intel 2011 socket. It took us a matter of just a couple of minutes to get the cooler mounted to the motherboard. The fun or lack there so was getting the wires through the little rubber fittings that attaches to the fan. Once this is done it is smooth sailing.

The found the cooler selling for $90-$100 at retailers that we were familiar with. This makes the Phanteks offering the most expensive air cooler we have ever tested.

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