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Phanteks PH-TC14PE 140mm UFB (Updraft Floating Balance) CPU Cooler
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Did not work with 4790k & Z-97A Mobo 12/08/2014

This review is from: Phanteks PH-TC14PE 140mm UFB (Updraft Floating Balance) CPU Cooler

Pros: Looks cool.... Shiny....

Cons: I tried installing this on my Asus Z97-A MOBO with a i7-4790k. It did not work. After reading all the comments and stuff, i saw people saying it would fit LGA 1150... But i guess i was wrong.

Its like it was bent in the middle of the heatsink, making it not fit properly on the CPU. the bracket and everything was installed correctly per the instructions. Maybe its not ready for Devils Canyon..... lol

So watch out, i had to switch to a Corsair h80i.

Other Thoughts: Build:
CM HAF 932 Advanced
Asus Z97-A
Intel i7-4790k 4.0Ghz
G.Skill 16Gbs 1866Mhz DDR3
Nvidia K4200
Samsung 850 256Gb SSD
Maxtor 1TB 7200rpm HDD
Corsair MX750

Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced - High Air Flow Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and All-Black Interior
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: High Airflow Mesh area, Basically consuming the whole case
Access to all sorts of sizes of Fans/Radiators for cooling
Space for expansion into the Unknown world...
Compatibility for all!

Cons: The only con i have, is that when you open up the side bay door, you have to disconnect the Side fan each and every time. if you forget about it, you will pull the fan out... But thats what you get when you have a side based fan.

Other Thoughts: I bought this case for my personal build, and another for a clients build. It is probably the best Full ATX Case out there right now for Performance/Gaming. My Client needed a Performace PC for his 3D Cad Rendering programs. This Case has so much air flow in it, you dont even need any fans! I keep my room around 65-68Degrees F. The mobo stays around 70-72F and never goes over. The ability to install differnent types of Rads and Fans... Its amazing!!! The 230mm Fans that come with the unit are nice. They dont spin very fast, but move enough air for the whole unit.

My only thought.... Maybe some more LEDs.... lol

My Rig:
CM HAF 932 Advanced
Intel i7-4790k 4.0~4.4Turbo
G.Skill 16Gbs 1866Mhz Ram
Corsair MX750
Samsung 850 256Gb SSD
Maxtor 7200rpm 1TB HDD
GTX 770
Corsair H100i 240mm Liquid Cooling
Razer DeathAdder & DeathStalker
Asus 27" HD LED Monitor Via DP

CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Extreme Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Works Great! but has a downside w/Asus mobos 07/30/2014

This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Extreme Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm

Pros: This unit works great, if it is correctly installed. I will explain this further in the "Con" Section.

My Rig:
i7 4790k 4.0ghz base 4.4ghz turbo
asus z97-A Mobo
GTX 760
8gb G Skill Sniper 1866mhz Ram
240gb Samsung evo SSD

I also have replaced all stock Thermal paste with Artic Silver, Something i advise you to do. The Stock Thermal Compound that came with the H100i Broke apart like paper....

With the Standard Intel Stock Air Cooler, i ran Prime95, i maxed out around 99C, in about 15mins. This was a problem with the Thermal Compound... but i did not want to waste new compound for a test..

With the H100i Installed Correctly, i ran Prime95 Stress Test for a 4 hour burn-in period, and my max Temp was 60C. This is a HUGE DEAL!!!

I love the h100i so much. it really keeps my Beast of a CPU cooled down.

Cons: ASUS USERS BEWARE... If you do some research on this Product with ASUS Mobo's, you will find TONS of articles on Bracket problems.. The Bracket that goes behind the mobo, is loose and does not stay Flush with the MOBO. This keeps the H100i From Correctly sitting on the CPU, thus not spreading the Thermal Compound correctly, thus damaging your Hardware.

I Contacted Corsair, they said the design was perfect and nothing was wrong, i needed to read the manual and try again... Was really disappointed in that Response.... After all the research i found on this issue, i was not the only one having this problem..

I bought 4 3/16DIA x 1/16 O-Ring from the Local Hardware store, and placed them infront of the washers on the bracket, and now its flush and sits on the mobo perfectly.

Other Thoughts: So, after a little jerry-rigging, i was able to get this to work great.. Im loving the product. Im giving 4 eggs because Corsair's Customer service should have wanted to take care of this issue, instead of tell me to re-read the manual. With all the articles i found on this problem with Asus MOBO's, you would think Corsair would send extra washers or something.

From what i read, it seems to span alot of the z87 and z97 ASUS Mobos... So do some research.


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Display Name: erik m.

Date Joined: 07/18/14

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  • Last Review: 12/08/14
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