Phanteks PH-TC14PE Dual Fan CPU Heatsink

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Phanteks PH-TC14PE Dual Fan CPU Heatsink

August 30, 2012 by Lawrence Lee

Phanteks PH-TC14PE
CPU Cooler
Street Price

If you've never heard of Phanteks, it should be surprising to hear that they claim to have more than 20 years experience in the field of thermal solutions. While it's possible they could have been a nameless OEM for much of that time, according to a WHOIS search, their website domain was registered only three years ago. Their product catalog is also almost barren, consisting of just two CPU heatsinks and a pair of fan models.

If that wasn't suspicious enough, the two CPU coolers listed on their site, the Phanteks PH-TC14PE and PH-TC14CS, look to be almost carbon copies of the NH-D14 and NH-C14, big dual fan heatsinks from the well-known and respected Noctua. In fact we haven't seen products so similar in this market since the first rash of direct-touch heatpipe coolers were released about four years ago and those were all produced by the same OEM. Today we examine the PH-TC14PE, the NH-D14 look-alike, to determine if it's a high-quality clone or a shoddy imitation.

The box.

Noctua large coolers are packed in failry big boxes filled with thick cardboard sections that act solely as padding. Phanteks' packaging is much more compact, no larger than it needs to be and the product inside seemed no less worse for wear from the journey to our labs. One cool thing about Phanteks' heatsinks is that they comes in different colors. In the case of the PH-TC14PE, you can choose between white, black, blue, orange, and red for both the heatsink body and fan blades. If your case has a side window, this can give your system innards a unique look. Our sample is the red version, however the fan blades have an earthy tone, not far off from the brown of Noctua's fan blades.

Package contents.

The package contents are familiar to anyone who's opened up one of a Noctua box. The mounting hardware is segregated by socket with individual re-sealable bags and there are a considerable amount of accessories including a 3-pin Y cable, a 3-pin to 4-pin PWM adapter, three sets of fan clips, rubber isolation strips, and screws and dampening pads for mounting the fans onto your case if that's your preference.

Phanteks PH-TC14PE_RD: Specifications
(from the product web page)
Model PH-TC14PE_RD
Type Heatsinks and Fans
Compatibilities Intel Socket LGA 2011/1155/1156/1366/775
AMD FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2 (stock back-plate required)
Color Red
Material .Copper (Base and Heat-pipes), Nickel Plated
.Aluminium (Cooling Fins/ Top Cover)
.Patented P.A.T.S (Physical Anti-Oxidant Thermal Shield)
.Patented C.P.S.C (Cold Plasma Spraying Coating) Technology
Fan Model PH-F140 Premium Fan with PWM Adapter
Fan Size 140 x 140 x 25mm (Dual Fans included)
Fan Compatibilities 140 x 140 x 25mm (3pcs) / 120 x 120 x 25mm (3pcs)
(Third fan clips and accessories included)
Bearing Type UFB (Updraft Floating Balance) Bearing
Blade Geometry Nine Red Colored Blades with MVB (Maelstrom Vortex Booster) Design
RPM 1300 ± 10%
Max Air Flow 88.6 CFM
Max Air Pressure 1.37mm H2O
Acoustical Noise 19.6 dB (A)
RPM with PWM Adapter 700 – 1200 RPM ± 10%
Max Air Flow with PWM 45.1 – 78.1 CFM
Max Air Pressure with PWM 0.45 – 1.21mm H2O
Acoustical Noise with PWM 13.4 – 19 dB (A)
Input Power 2.8W
Current (Ampere) 0.24A
Rate Voltage 12V
MTBF >150,000 hr
Heatsink Dimensions without Fan 134 x 140 x 160mm (LxWxH)
Heatsink Dimensions with Dual Fans 159 x 140 x 171mm (LxWxH)
Heatsink Weight without Fan 907g
Heatsink Weight with Fans 1110 / 1250g (Single/Dual)
Package Dimensions 167 x 214 x 190mm (LxWxH)
Scope of Delivery .1x PH-TC14PE_RD Heatsink
.2x PH-F140 Premium Fan
.PH-F140 Fan Accessories
.6x Rubber Bar, 12x Fan Clip Adapter, 6x Fan Wire Clip 6x Rubber Pad
.1x PWM External Adapter
.SoliSku Mounting Kits for Intel and AMD
.1x Y-Fan Splitter
.1x PH-NDC Thermal Compound
.2x Phanteks PH-TC14PE User’s Manual
Warranty 5 Years.

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