Phanteks PH-TC14S & Cryorig C1 CPU Coolers

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Phanteks PH-TC14S & Cyrorig C1 CPU Coolers

January 20, 2015 by Lawrence Lee

Phanteks PH-TC14S
CPU Cooler
Cryorig C1
CPU Cooler
Phanteks Cryorig
US$50 (MSRP) US$65

The first aftermarket CPU coolers were laughable in size compared to the popular models of today. They began as more refined versions of the stock coolers they were replacing, small aluminum heatsinks with 50~70 mm fans blowing downward. They've gotten progressively bigger over the years, to the point where we're now seeing solutions that were unimaginable when all this began. The premiere flagship coolers weigh more than a kilogram and sport one or more 140+ mm fans.

The Phanteks PH-TC14S and Cryorig C1 boxes.

The two coolers examined here have 140 mm fans as well, but they're actually rather modestly sized. The Phanteks PH-TC14S is a tower, but the heatsink is split into two very thin portions, the sum of which is smaller than many tower coolers armed with a 120 mm fan. The Cryorig C1 on the otherhand, is a short top-down cooler, designed to be more compatible with smaller cases. It too has a bit of a twist in that the fan is half the thickness of a standard model in order to keep its height at a minimum.

Phanteks PH-TC14S

Phanteks PH-TC14S: Specifications
(from the product web page)
Compatibility Intel Socket 2011/115X/1366/775
AMD FM1/FM2(+)/AM2(+)
Color Black
Material - Copper (Base and Heat-pipes), Nickel Plated
- Aluminum Cooling Fins with patented P.A.T.S.
Fan Model PH-F140HP PWM Ultra High Static Pressure Premium Fan
Fan Size 140 x 140 x 25 mm
Fan compatibility 140 x 140 x 25 mm / 120 x 120 x25 mm (2pcs)
Bearing Type UFB (Updraft Floating Balance) Bearing
Blade Geometry Seven Colored Blades with MVB2
RPM 500 - 1600 ± 250 RPM
Max Air Flow 68.1 CFM
Max Air Pressure 1.6 mm H20
Acoustical Noise 25.3 dB(A)
Input Power 2.4 W
MTBF > 150,000 hr.
Heatsink Dimension (LxWxH) without fan 4.1 x 2.9 x 6.1 inches
Heatsink Dimension (LxWxH) with Fan 5.6 x 2.9 x 6.3 inches
Heatsink Weight without fan 1.23 lbs
Heatsink Weight with fan 1.63 lbs
Package Dimension 8.5 x 8 x 4.7 inches (LxWxH)
Scope of Delivery 1x PH-TC14S
- 1x PH-F140HP PWM Premium Fan
- 1x SoliSku Mounting kit for Intel and AMD(Stock backplate required)
- 1x PH-NDC Thermal Compound
- 1x Phanteks PH-TC14S User’s Manual
- 4x Rubber Bar
- 4x Fan Clips
Warranty 5 Years.

Like Phanteks' other cooling solutions, the PH-TC14S has a nickel-plated heatpipe and base design, giving it the appearance of a premium product. Despite the smallish size of the heatsink, Phanteks has employed an "ultra high static pressure" fan, the kind of fan that is typically paired with AIO liquid coolers to better push air through tightly packed radiators. The fin-stacks of the PH-TC14S isn't particularly dense, so the fan's presence is unusual to say the least. Generally this type of design has poor acoustics, and coupled with this particular fan's high top speed (1600 RPM), it doesn't bode well for noise.

PH-TC14S package contents.

The cooler ships well packed in thick foam inserts. The mounting hardware is neatly separated into different bags to prevent any confusion during installation. The accessories include a tube of thermal compound and extra gear for mounting a second fan, which seems ridiculous given the relative areas of the cooler's surface and its single fan.

Cryorig C1

Cryorig C1: Specifications
(from the product web page)
Dimensions (with fan)
L144.5 mm x W140 mm x H74 mm
Weight (with fan)
628 g
Weight (without fan)
539 g
Heat pipes
6mm heatpipe x 6 units
Top Fins
T = 0.4 mm ; Gap = 1.8 mm
Top Fins Pcs
56 PCs
Bottom Fin
T = 0.4 mm ; Gap = 1.4 mm
Bottom Fin PCs
35 PCs
Copper Base
C1100 Pure copper nickel plated
RAM Height Limit
Fan Specifications
L140 mm x W140 mm x H13 mm
89 g
Rated Speed
700 ~ 1300 RPM ±10 %
Noise Level
20 ~ 24 dBA
Air Flow
75 CFM

Like the Cryorig R1 Universal, the C1 emphasizes compatibility. It has a large footprint for a top-down cooler but stands just 74 mm tall, and is compatible with a slew more cases than most aftermarket models. Slim towers, desktop HTPC cases, and small mini-ITX cases like the SilverStone Raven RVZ01, come to mind. If you own one such a system, you can get an origami print-out of the C1 from the Cryorig site to confirm compatibility. The C1 is actually built similarly to the PH-TC14S, making it a battle of orientations, vertical vs. horizontal. They have similar weight, a six heatpipe design, and nickel-plating. And like the PH-TC14S, the C1 fan may be its primary weakness, because of it is just half the normal thickness.

C1 package contents.

C1 accessories unpacked.

Cryorig's packaging is more environmentally friendly, using cardboard to protect the contents. Included is a screwdriver, a tube of thermal grease, bolts for both thin and thick fans, an extra set of fan dampers (which appear to only fit Cryorig models), and their version of a moist toilette: an alcohol pad for cleaning the heatsink base. Interestingly, it ships with its own AMD backplate rather than reusing the OEM backplate which is the norm for the vast majority of aftermarket heatsinks.

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