In the next comparison, we look at the default cooler performance as they come out of the box with their bundled fans. Coolers that come with no fans have been coupled with Noctua’s NF-P12 or fans that the manufacturers intended their coolers to be used with.
The Phanteks is easily the best cooler on our list and even with the fan speed reduced to a mere 780RPM, the heatsink proves to be very efficient in keeping up with the likes of the Prolimatech Super Mega.
The Phanteks PH-TC14PE demonstrates the best efficiency with Noctua’s NF-P12 beating the Silver Arrow by 1C.
With two higher RPM SWiF2-120Ps, the Phanteks still leads the Silver Arrow albeit by just 0.25C this time. It is possible that the Phanteks design favours lower RPM fans.
And once again, the PH-TC14PE claims the crown by outperforming the Silver Arrow by a whole degree.
Passively, it still produces the best results and topples our previous leader which already led the NH-D14 quite significantly. It also generates the lowest idle delta temperatures.