Phanteks PH-TC14CS, the C type single tower thermal radiator design uses the latest aerospace technology. By using P.A.T.S to increase cooling performance and C.P.S.C Technology to enhance thermal conductivity, heat will easily dissipate, creating an opportunity for greater overclocking. Combined with Dual Phanteks PH-F140 Premium 140mm Fans with PWM adapter, easy-to-install SoliSku mounting kit and PH-NDC thermal compound, Phanteks PH-TC14CS is setting the new standard of today’s CPU cooling.
Pros: Nicely packaged, has the feel of quality, comes with everything needed for installation.
Cons: I am using an ASUS Crosshair V motherboard with Corsair Vengance RAM, the location of the memory is fairly standard but the additional height of the memory heatsink prohibited the installation of the bottom fan. Unless the memory slots are located outside of the heatsink footprint only memory that is standard height can be used for the 2 fan configuration. I am not holding that against Phanteks or the cooler in any way, it is just a consequence of the compontents I selected.
Other Thoughts: My motherboard, ASUS Crosshair V Formula, already had a CPU backplate. I simply had to remove the clips for the stock cooler and isntall the included clips. I thought I could get away with installing the cooler in the case, I was wrong, and it was faster and easier to remove the motherboard for installation. Which also gave me the opportunity to clean out the case. The directions and description both detail this as being an updraft cooler, drawing warm air away from the motherboard. Since I was unable to use the lower fan I elected to direct my fan towards the motherboard as the heatsinks around the CPU are designed to be cooled from the air off of the cooler. Without the bottom fan I was worried about the air flow across those heatsinks. I replaced a Corsair H60 Hydro Cooler for that reason, I originally had stability issues due to those heatsinks not being actively cooled and ended up zip tying a fan above the motherboard to push air across those heatsinks.
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Pros: -Very quiet
Cons: -Bottom fan cannot be centered because the heatpipes get in the way, unless you use a smaller fan. Not really a big deal considering the fan is already wider than the heatsink and sufficiently covers the surface anyways.
Other Thoughts: All the reviews I've seen of this product show them installing the fans pointing downwards and pushing the air onto the motherboard. Makes sense if the CPU stays cool, the cool air at the bottom will cool your RAM and area around the motherboard while taking in cool air from any mesh on the side of your case. However, the installation guide very clearly tells you to orient the fans so air is being pushed through from the motherboards side. I chose this method as I figured that it wont really make much difference in cooling performance, there's no risk in the CPU getting warm and heating the components with warm air and the top of the cooler aligned nicely with my side duct, making ideal for exhausting warm air.
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Pros: Fans are easy to mount, and keeps cpu cooler than MB at idle. MB is 30c and cpu at 27c. Kinda awsome. I was able to unclip the bottom fan and slide it over a bit to INSTALL more ram, without removing cooler. It was hyper x ram, fit with no problems. Large contact plate, way oversize for 1155, thats good though.
Cons: Best for a new build, as you "must" remove MB! Pain, but you know, faster if you just take it out.
Other Thoughts: Sometimes when my IB 3570k goes under sudden load, temp will spike from 28c to 40c then plummet to below idle temp before stabilizing. Must be a heat pipe thing. without overclocking i havnt seen my cpu temp above 40c. Stock intel hs would get up to 55c pretty quick.
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“-Very quiet— 12/7/2012
-Pretty good cooling (haven't really benchmarked it yet but I've yet to see it go over 44c on ...”
“Fans are easy to mount, and keeps cpu cooler than MB at idle. MB is 30c and cpu at 27c. Kinda awsome. I was able to unclip ...”— jonnyboy 6/26/2012