Phanteks PH-TC14PE CPU Cooler Review

👤by Sahil Mannick Comments 📅31-08-11
Features & Specifications

What Phanteks have to say about the PH-TC14PE:

Phanteks PH-TC14PE (Premium Edition) 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-TC14PE with unique colour is setting the new standard of today’s CPU cooling.


•Patented P.A.T.S *(Physical Antioxidant Thermal Shield) will greatly increase the cooling performance and reliability while deflecting other thermal radiation from other heat sources, such as the GPU, South Bridge, North Bridge, etc. P.A.T.S ran at a long period, will display significantly better results in an enclosure, closed environment, than a tech station, open environment. In extreme conditions, P.A.T.S is able to withstand temperatures of up to 200 degrees Celsius. P.A.T.S is environmentally friendly and non-toxic.

•Patented C.P.S.C *(Cold Plasma Spraying Coating Technology) use a brand new technologic forming deposit that displaces heat onto corresponding metals at a quicker rate. With this technology, the Phanteks PH-TC14PE enhances thermal conductivity on the soldered surfaces of the heat-pipes through the copper deposits.

•Designed with dual tower radiators; the PH-TC14PE has five 8mm heat pipes linearly aligned to ensure optimal cooling. This cooler is made to have the least amount of air and thermal resistance.

•Phanteks PH-F140PE premium 140 mm fans use Updraft Floating Balance (U.F.B) bearing, nine Maelstrom Vortex Booster (M.V.B) blades, to achieve massive airflow and perfect dynamic balance to reduce noise level, the fan emits a low dBA with the support of the acoustic rubber damper and rubber-bar to help eliminate vibration.

•The SoliSku universal mounting kit provides an easy-to-install rotational backplate for Intel LGA 1155/1156/1366/775, AMD AM2/AM2+/AM3 (stock backplate required).

•The PH-NDC is a superb quality thermal compound for heatsinks. It is made of high-purity nano diamond-like particles to improve the thermal conductance between components. The generated heat caused by the CPU will transfer to the heatsink, without reduction in efficiency and resistance.


Model: PH-TC14PE
Type: Heatsinks & Fans
Compatibility: Intel Socket LGA1155, 1156, LGA1366, LGA775, and AMD AM2/2+/AM3 (stock backplate required)
Material: Copper (Base and 8mm diameter x5 heat pipes), Nickel plated.
Aluminium (Cooling fins / top cover) with Patented P.A.T.S (Physical Antioxidant Thermal Shield) to increase cooling performance.
Patented C.P.S.C Technology (Cold Plasma Spraying Coating Technology) to enhance thermal conductivity.
Heatsink Dimension without fans: 134x140x160mm (LxWxH)
Heatsink Dimension with fans: 159x140x171mm (LxWxH)
Heatsink Weight without fan: 970g
Heatsink Weight with fan: 1100/1250g (Single/Dual fan)
Package Dimension: 220x175x200 (LxWxH)
Warranty: 5 years

Scope of Delivery:

-1x PH-TC140PE
-2x PH-F140 Premium fans
-6x Rubber bars
-12x Fan clip adaptors
-6x Fan wire clips
-16x Acoustic Rubber Damper
-1x Quiet-Speed-Adaptor (Q.S.A)
-SoliSku mounting kits for Intel Socket LGA1155, 1156, LGA1366, LGA775, and AMD AM2/2+/AM3 (stock backplate required)
-1x Y fan splitter
-1x PH-NDC thermal compound
-1x PH-TC14 User’s manual

The features and specifications list is very comprehensive, not surprising given that Phanteks are likely to take this opportunity to showcase their unique technological prowess. What is interesting to note is the sheer attention to detail they have put into the product to ensure the best performance, for instance the P.A.T.S and C.P.S.C patented technologies which mean that the design of the heatsink is more efficient. When coupled with a dense fin array and five 8mm heat pipes, Phanteks have the perfect recipe for the best performing air cooler on the market today, on paper anyway.

Apart from the application of unique technologies, the PH-TC14PE heatsink conforms to a regular copper and aluminium construction; copper for the base and heat pipes and aluminium for the fins. Like all other high end coolers, the copper is nickel plated for a more attractive and durable design. Like the Thermalright Silver Arrow, the PH-TC14PE bundles two 140mm fans with 120mm fittings thanks to their octagonal shapes.

A major concern for all dual radiator coolers is their size and weight. The Phanteks is no exception to the rule so let’s compare it to the Noctua NH-D14 and Thermalright Silver Arrow. Without fans, the PH-TC14PE is 970g in weight, 70g more than the NH-D14 and a substantial 145g more than the Silver Arrow. With a single fan, the weight of the Phanteks cooler increases to 1100g, 30g more than the Noctua and 135g more than the Thermalright. With both fans, the Phanteks is 1250g in weight. This is a mere 10g more than the Noctua and 145g more than the Thermalright. While it is heavier, the mounting kit is specifically adapted for it as we will see later.

Size wise, it is as tall as the other two dual radiator coolers at 160mm although installing the fans may increase this depending on their position. In terms of depth/length, the Phanteks is only 1mm more than the NH-D14 so we can expect the same issues of memory clearance. Let’s take a closer look at the fan specifications…

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