Phanteks PH-TC14PE Dual Fan CPU Heatsink

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The most critical aspect of installation is that the heatsink be securely mounted. A firm mating results in good contact between the heatsink's base and the CPU heatspreader and more efficient heat conduction. Ideally it should also be a simple procedure with the user having to handle as few pieces of hardware as possible.

The included mounting hardware is fairly comprehensive, mimicking Noctua's gear to a close degree. A backplate is provided for Intel installs while the stock backplate is reused for AMD.

Intel mounting kit assembled on its own.

The bolts that secure the backplate don't stay in place without a little help (some masking tape came in handy). Noctua's backplates are lined with tight-fitting foam to prevent slippage.

The mounting clips on the other side are raised on plastic spacers and secured with thumb nuts. A thick metal bar is clamped over the heatsink with spring-loaded screws.

Installed on our LGA1366 test platform. The fan mounting scheme is also similar to Noctua's. Plastic loops are attached to the fan's mounting holes and wire clips are slipped through them and hooked onto the sides of the heatsink..

The fan hung over several of our board's memory slots so RAM with tall heatspreaders may cause problems. With the fan centered, the maximum DIMM height is 40 mm (there's 52 mm of clearance under the bottom fin).

The PH-TC14PE left a nice thermal compound footprint on our test CPU. Most of the TIM was pushed out to the sides with only faint residue left at the center where contact is most vital. This indicates a good amount of pressure.

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