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Phanteks PH-TC14CS 140mm UFB (Updraft Floating Balance) CPU Cooler
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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.


Benjamin D.'s Profile

Display Name: Benjamin D.

Date Joined: 02/28/05

  • Reviews: 1
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  • First Review: 01/28/13
  • Last Review: 01/28/13
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