Phanteks PH-TC90LS Mini Cooler

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Phanteks PH-TC90LS Mini Cooler

January 8, 2013 by Lawrence Lee

Phanteks PH-TC90LS
CPU Cooler
Street Price

Phanteks, a relative newcomer to the PC cooling game, has quickly gained popularity for its large high performance CPU heatsinks. The products bear a very strong resemblance to Noctua coolers; for example, the heatsink body, installation system, and fan mounting hardware of the Phanteks PH-TC14PE is almost indistinguishable from that of the famous Noctua NH-D14. We asked Phanteks whether there is any relationship between them and Noctua, to which the reply was negative. Regardless, it's difficult to escape the sense of deja vu with the Phanteks products we've examined thus far.

PH-TC90LS box contents.

The PH-TC90LS under examination here does not follow in the same mold as previously tested Phanteks. This is a low profile model that targets the same niche as the Noctua NH-L9i: SFF and slim cases with strict CPU cooler height restrictions. It has the same 95 x 95 mm footprint as the NH-L9i, which eliminates any possibility of interference with board components, but the similarities end there. The TC90LS is a budget alternative priced at US$30, featuring a more basic design than Noctua's US$50 offering. It stands 45 mm tall with the fan, an open frame model equivalent in size to a 92 mm case fan. Similar fans can be found on Arctic Cooling's Alpine series of low cost CPU coolers. In the past we found these fans lacking in cooling prowess but possessing commendable acoustics.

Heatsink and accessories.

The heatsink ships with a tube of thermal compound and the necessary mounting hardware which includes a backplate and fan dampening strips. The TC90LS uses a simple bolt-thru/backplate system which supports only Intel LGA1155/1156 and LGA2011 motherboards. Phanteks claims it can handle CPUs 130W TDP, which covers some Sandy Bridge Extreme processors... but even before any testing, we don't recommend using it with such a hot load if noise is at all a concern. The LGA2011 support is really meant more for Xeon-based servers and workstations.

Phanteks PH-TC90LS: Specifications
(from the product web page)
Compatibility Intel Socket 2011/1155/1156
TDP Up to 130W
Color White
Material - Copper (Base and Heat-pipes), Nickel Plated
- Aluminum Cooling Fins with patented P.A.T.S. and C.P.S.C technology
Package Dimension 133x162x106 mm (LxWxH)
Fan Size 92x92x15 mm
Fan compatibility 80x80x15 mm
Heatsink Dimension (LxWxH) without fan
95x95x27 mm
Heatsink Dimension (LxWxH) with Single Fans
95x95x45 mm
Weight without fan 235g
Weight with fan 273g
Scope of Delivery - 1x PH-TC90LS
- 1x PH-F90 PWM Premium Fan
- 1x Backplate for LGA 1155/1156
- 4x Mounting Screws for Intel LGA 2011
- 4x Mounting Screws for Intel LGA 1155/1156
- 1x PH-NDC Thermal Compound
- 1x Phanteks PH-TC90LS User’s Manual
- 2x Rubber Bar
- 4x Fan Clip Adapters,
- 2x Fan Wire Clip
Warranty 5 Years.
Fan Specifications
Fan Model PH-F90 PWM Premium Fan
Input Power 3W
Current (Ampere) 0.25A
Rate Voltage 12V
MTBF > 150,000 hr.

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