Summary: The Phanteks PH-TC14PE is the best-performing air cooler I have ever tested. Its look and size give it a great appearance, and the overall build quality is superb. Phanteks offers this unit in many different colors, which allows enthusiasts to pick a color that matches their color scheme perfectly. The cooler's performance is exceptional; I cannot stress enough that its performance is very good.
Pros: Exceptional cooling performance, Very quiet, Excellent build quality, Available in multiple colors, Can add a third fan
Summary: There is no denying that the Phanteks PH-TC14PE mimics the Noctua NH-D14 's design but it can't be dismissed as a cheap knockoff being sold out of the back of a truck in a run-down alley. It doesn't simply emulate its looks — it is a full-fledged copy that delivers much of the same experience. The PH-TC14PE has a heavy duty build quality, an excellent mounting system, great cooling proficiency, and a nice set of accessories.
Summary: After being surprised with the excellent performance
, we were expecting a great performance from the PH-TC14PE, which didn’t disappoint us, showing a performance compatible with a real high-end CPU cooler. The noise level was excellent for such a performance.
The only problem with the PH-TC14PE is the need of a specific tool (a long Allen screwdriver) to install it properly. We suggest Phanteks to include it in order to make the customer’s life easier.
Summary: With an additional Phanteks 14cm fan, temperatures dropped another 2 C. The Phanteks PH-TC14PE outperforms the Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 on our tests, but has a slightly tougher installation process, and its fans, unlike the NH-D14 SE2011’s, require an adapter for PWM. It’s about $10 more expensive, but it does come in four different colors, which is a nice touch. If your build has room for a giant air cooler, we’ve never tested a better one.
Pros: Best performing air cooler we’ve tested; comes in four colors.
Cons: Huge; conflicts with large RAM heat spreaders; narrow install.
Summary: The fans that ship with the Phanteks PH-TC14PE (orange) are 140mm in diameter and use a nine-bladed impeller with three small notches and vertical winglets on each blade. The manufacturer describes the bearings thusly; 'updraft floating balance bearing'. Translation = sleeve bearing.
Summary: With the introduction of the PH-TC14PE, Phanteks has positioned itself in a place that is hard to move upwards from. Why do we say this? Well, when your first product to market is one of the best in a particular category it is difficult to top its success.