Phanteks PH-TC14S & Cryorig C1 CPU Coolers

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Test Results

Phanteks PH-TC14S w/ Stock Fan
PWM/Volt. Setting
Fan Speed
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Rise above Ambient
CPU
VRM
100%
1600 RPM
33 dBA
29°C
16°C
75%
1100 RPM
23 dBA
31°C
29°C
60%
890 RPM
18 dBA
33°C
20°C
50%
740 RPM
15 dBA
34°C
24°C
40%
580 RPM
13 dBA
38°C
28°C
Phanteks PH-TC14S w/ Ref. Noctua NF-P14 140 mm Fan
12V
1250 RPM
31 dBA
28°C
17°C
9V
990 RPM
24~25 dBA
30°C
19°C
8V
880 RPM
20 dBA
31°C
21°C
7V
770 RPM
16 dBA
32°C
22°C
6V
660 RPM
14 dBA
34°C
25°C

On our test platform, a result of 35°C above ambient for the CPU temperature is very good. As such, the PH-TC14S performs well, staying below that mark at all but the lowest of fan speeds. However, our reference fan is more efficient across the board at cooling the processor. There isn't any advantage in VRM temperature though, which suggests that the portions of the fan that stick out on the sides, provide enough airflow to keep the VRM heatsink just as cool as the reference model.

Cryorig C1 w/ Stock Fan
PWM/Volt. Setting
Fan Speed
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Rise above Ambient
CPU
VRM
100%
1420 RPM
34 dBA
27°C
17°C
60%
1120 RPM
26 dBA
30°C
20°C
50%
1000 RPM
22~23 dBA
31°C
23°C
40%
850 RPM
18 dBA
32°C
25°C
0~30%
730 RPM
15 dBA
36°C
31°C
Cryorig C1 w/ Ref. Noctua NF-P14 140 mm Fan
12V
1250 RPM
29 dBA
27°C
17°C
9V
990 RPM
22~23 dBA
27°C
19°C
8V
880 RPM
19~20 dBA
28°C
20°C
7V
770 RPM
16~17 dBA
29°C
22°C
6V
660 RPM
14 dBA
33°C
26°C

The Cryorig C1 is fairly proficient as well, delivering similar CPU cooling performance as the PH-TC14S, despite its thinner fan. However, VRM temperatures are higher across the board. While the C1 is a top-down cooler, the thinner fan just isn't that effective. Our standard sized 140 mm Noctua reference fan produces greatly improved results. If the case it's used in has the extra 12 mm of clearance necessary for a standard thickness fan, I highly recommend it be replaced.

COMPARISON TABLES

°C Rise Comparison (CPU Temperature)
SPL ([email protected])
20
19
18
17
16
15
14
13
12
Cryorig C1
(ref. 140 mm fan)
28
-
29
-
33
-
-
Phanteks PH-TC14S
(ref. 140 mm fan)
31
-
-
-
32
-
34
-
-
Noctua NH-L12
(120 & 92 mm fans)
33
-
-
34
-
35
-
36
Thermalright TRUE Spirit 120M
-
32
-
-
-
34
36
38
Noctua NH-U12S
-
33
-
34
-
-
35
38
Phanteks PH-TC14S
-
-
33
-
-
34
-
38
-
Cryorig C1
-
-
32
-
-
36
-
-
-
Noctua NH-L12
(120 mm fan only)
-
-
37
-
-
38
-
39
42
Prolimatech Panther
-
-
-
-
-
35
-
42
-
SilverStone Argon AR02
-
-
-
-
38
-
-
-
43
Noctua NH-U9S
-
-
-
36
-
-
40
-
45
Noctua NH-D9L
-
-
-
37
-
-
41
-
46
Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev.B
-
39
-
-
-
43
-
48
Reeven Arcziel
-
-
-
-
42
-
-
47
-
Scythe Samurai ZZ
-
-
45
-
-
46
-
52
Noctua NH-L12
(92 mm fan only)
42
-
44
-
47
-
51
57
Scythe Big Shuriken
43
-
-
-
-
46
-
61
Cooler Master GeminII M4
-
-
-
53
56
-
64
Noctua NH-L9i
-
-
56
-
-
61
-
-
-
Scythe Kozuti
-
-
57
-
-
62
-
65
Phanteks PH-TC90LS
-
-
67
-
-
-
69
-
-
Reeven Vanxie
-
66
-
-
-
-
77
-
F

Compared to previously reviewed coolers of modest size, both the PH-TC14S and C1 find themselves in strong company. Their CPU cooling results land them in the top five, and with our reference fan, they clearly exceed the current champ, the dual fan Noctua NH-L12.

°C Rise Comparison (VRM Temperature)
SPL ([email protected])
20
19
18
17
16
15
14
13
12
Noctua NH-L12
(120 & 92 mm fans)
17
-
-
19
-
21
-
23
Phanteks PH-TC14S
-
-
20
-
-
24
-
28
-
Phanteks PH-TC14S
(ref. 140 mm fan)
21
-
-
-
22
-
25
-
-
Cryorig C1
(ref. 140 mm fan)
20
-
22
-
26
-
-
Thermalright TRUE Spirit 120M
-
21
-
-
-
24
26
27
Prolimatech Panther
-
-
-
-
-
24
-
30
-
Noctua NH-L12
(120 mm fan only)
-
-
24
-
-
26
-
27
32
Cryorig C1
-
-
25
-
-
31
-
-
-
Noctua NH-U12S
-
29
-
30
-
-
31
33
Noctua NH-D9L/U9S
-
-
-
30
-
-
33
-
37
SilverStone Argon AR02
-
-
-
-
33
-
-
-
35
Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev.B
-
29
-
-
-
34
-
39
Noctua NH-L12
(92 mm fan only)
28
-
31
-
33
-
38
43
Reeven Arcziel
-
-
-
-
38
-
-
41
-
Scythe Big Shuriken
28
-
-
-
-
30
-
47
Cooler Master GeminII M4
-
-
-
34
38
-
49
Scythe Kozuti
-
-
36
-
-
40
-
45
Scythe Samurai ZZ
-
-
38
-
-
39
-
47
Noctua NH-L9i
-
-
40
-
-
46
-
-
-
Phanteks PH-TC90LS
-
-
46
-
-
-
48
-
-
Reeven Vanxie
-
45
-
-
-
-
56
-
F

When it comes to cooling the VRMs, the C1 surprisingly lands a few rungs below the PH-TC14S. I can only surmise that the fan on the Phanteks is low enough that it still sends enough airflow through to cool and exhaust the VRM heatsink more effectively than a half-thickness fan blowing downward. Switching to our reference fan pretty much evens out the playing field.



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