Phanteks PH-TC14S & Cryorig C1 CPU Coolers

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INSTALLATION: Phanteks PH-TC14S

The most critical aspect of installation is firm, maximum contact between the base and the CPU heatspreader for 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 PH-TC14S certainly qualifies, as it uses the now common modern style pioneered by Noctua and Prolimatech: An easy to assemble mounting array and a crossbar that exerts pressure directly over the base.


The mounting system assembled without the heatsink.


The hardware is difficult to distinguish from Noctua's, but the one notable difference is the bolts that go through the backplate; they don't stay in place as well so I suggest using masking tape to hold them steady.


Plastic spacers are used to ensure the mounting clips are at the correct height and nuts mate the clips and bolts together. The threads on the nuts are a little shallow so care should be exercised as not to strip them.


Fully installed.


From this angle the fan is comical in size, extending far enough to the side that it blocks the first expansion slot. If this is an issue, a 120 mm fan should be used as a replacement. In the above image, the fan is positioned a bit high on the heatsink. For testing, the lowest position was used to to maximize airflow over the VRM heatsink.


Some heatsinks utilize an asymmetric shape to avoid the memory slots but the center fan design and narrow towers keep the PH-TC14S from even extending past the socket mounting holes.


The thermal compound imprint it left behind indicates solid contact at the center on a line running parallel to the heatsink.



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