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Phanteks PH-TC14PE (vs. Noctua NH-D14) CPU Cooler Review

Rating: 9.0.

Competition is fierce in the high-end air cooling market as there are a plethora of performance CPU coolers available from numerous brands.  The highest performance air cooler to date is still the Noctua NH-D14. It still hasn’t been matched by any other model in our tests, letting us achieve some very impressive overclocks.

Today we are going to look at the Phanteks PH-TC14PE CPU cooler which is designed to battle head on with the likes of the Noctua NH-D14.  Phanteks may not be a very well known brand in enthusiast circles but we can’t help but get a little excited by the PH-TC14PE cooler.  It features a similar sandwich design to the Noctua NH-D14 and also features large 140mm fans, but the big question is – can it take on the D14 in the ultra high end sector?

Specification

  • Compatibility: Socket LGA 2011, 1366, 1156, 1155, AM2/2+/3/3+
  • Material: Nickel plated copper base and heatpipes, aluminium fins
  • Fans: 2x 140mm Phanteks PH-F140 140, UFB bearing, 9 blades
  • Fan Speed: 1200 RPM (900 RPM with Q.S.A.)
  • Max Airflow: 78.1 CFM (60.1 CFM with Q.S.A.)
  • Noise Level: 19 dBA (15.2 dBA with Q.S.A.)
  • MTBF: >150 000
  • Heatsink Dimensions (without fan): 134 x 140 x 160 mm (LxWxH)
  • Heatsink Dmensions (with dual fans): 159 x 140 x 171 mm (LxWxH)
  • Heatsink Weight (without fan): 970 g
  • Heatsink Weight (with fan): 1100/1250g (single/dual fan)
  • Warranty: 5 years

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